Manage Teams connected sites and channel sites

In this article, learn more about how to identify, manage, and navigate between teams and channels in Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Teams connected sites and channel sites. SharePoint team sites get automatically created when new Teams and private channels are created because SharePoint is the service that helps manage, store, and organize files and folders that are shared and uploaded in Microsoft Teams.

What are Teams connected sites and channel sites?

Today, Teams connected team sites and channel sites are created whenever a new Microsoft Team or private channel within a team is created. When you create a team in Microsoft Teams, a Microsoft 365 connected team site in SharePoint gets automatically created. This site is referred to as a Teams connected team site. This team site contains folders for each standard channel created from Microsoft Teams. This primary Teams connected team site is also known as the parent team connected site.

When you create a private channel in Microsoft Teams, a separate team site in SharePoint also gets automatically created. These sites are called Teams connected channel sites, or just channel sites.

Microsoft Teams and channel structure:

Image of teams and channels in Microsoft Teams

Private and standard channel types:

Image of Microsoft Teams channel site types

Microsoft Teams can have standard or private channels.In the image above, the private channel is highlighted in yellow. Since this channel is private, it automatically gets it's own SharePoint team site, known as a Teams connected channel site or just channel site. Standard channels (all channels except for private) do not get their own SharePoint team site, but instead will display as folders within the Teams connected team site document library.

These Teams connected team sites and channel sites are a specialized type of SharePoint team sites that have been optimized for a Microsoft Teams connection. You’ll notice that a handful of typical SharePoint team site features aren’t available in Teams connected team sites and channel sites, such as:

  • The ability to select the start symbol (follow links) on sites, lists, and libraries.
  • 2013 Workflows
  • The InfoPath form option is not available

How to identify and navigate between Microsoft Teams and connected sites

Teams connected team sites and channel sites include additional information to indicate the connection to Microsoft Teams. In the SharePoint team site header, you will see the Microsoft Teams icon following the site logo and site title.

Image of the Microsoft Teams icon in the site header

For the parent team site, this link will always redirect to Microsoft Teams and the general channel for the Team. For the teams connected channel sites, this link will be a direct link to the channel in Microsoft Teams.

Image of Go to channel links from a document library

In the parent team site, the Go to channel link will be available in the command bar when viewing document libraries.

Image of the link to the SharePoint site form Teams settings

Additionally, from teams and channels in Microsoft Teams, you can select the ellipsis (…) at the top-right of the channel and then Open in SharePoint to navigate to the Teams connected team site or channel site in SharePoint.

Manage Teams connected team and channel sites

Teams connected team sites and channel sites are managed differently than the typical SharePoint team site. Certain site information and permissions can only be managed from the parent team site in Microsoft Teams settings. Learn more about how to view and manage specific settings and permissions in Teams connected channel sites.

Manage membership and permissions

Common actions like editing site permissions directly within the SharePoint site are blocked for Teams connected channel sites. For Teams connected channel sites, all membership and permissions are managed through Microsoft Teams settings.

You’ll notice that when you navigate to Settings, there is no option to select Site permission. Private channel owners can add members or owners to the private channel through Microsoft Teams.

Learn more about managing membership in Teams:

Private channels in Microsoft Teams

Manage team settings and permissions in Teams

Manage site settings and classification

Image of SharePoint site settings

For Teams connected channel sites the sensitivity settings are inherited from the parent team site. When you view Site information for Teams connected channel sites in SharePoint, you will see Sensitivity labels, classification, and information barriers are read only. To manage or change these settings, the team owner can edit through Microsoft Teams settings.

Learn more about Microsoft Teams policies here:

Overview of security and compliance

Manage teams policies in Microsoft Teams

More resources

Create a Microsoft Team from SharePoint

Microsoft Teams can have standard or private channels