MS Teams - Create a Private Group Chat

Tags MSTeams

Issue/Question

  • How do I create a private group chat in Teams?

Environment

  • Oregon State University
  • Employee or Student
  • MS Teams

Explanation

MS Teams does not currently support private channels (the feature is on the road map for Fall 2019). Currently, everyone in the team can see all channels within that team.

To create a space for private conversations, create and name a group chat.

A few notes about group chats:

  • You can do audio, video and screen sharing within a group chat.
  • Group chat discussions are not threaded as they are in a team window.
  • When you add a new person to an existing group chat, you can choose whether or not to let them see the prior conversation.
  • Group chats will disappear from your "Recent" list after 30 days of inactivity.
  • You can remove members from a group chat by clicking on the "participants" list under the group name. 
  • Group chats are limited to 50 members.

Resolution

Create a Group Chat

  1. In the Teams app, select Chat Teams window with Chat highlighted.
  2. Select the New Chat button near the Search box at the top of the screen 
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the "To:" box Dropdown arrow is selected and mouse-over text "Create a new group chat" is displayed.
  4. Enter a name for the group chat
  5. In the "To:" box enter the names of the people you want to add to the group Shows example group name and members added on the To line.
  6. Start typing in the "Type a new message" box near the bottom of the screen "Type a new message" box is highlighted.
  7. You can also optionally pin a group chat so that it stays at the top of the Recent chats window. To do so, right-click on the group chat and select "Pin." "Pin" option is highlighted.

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

Details

Article ID: 89689
Created
Fri 10/18/19 12:01 PM
Modified
Fri 10/25/19 9:08 AM