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❌ This is the solution if you can't add anyone to a private channel in Microsoft Teams

If you cannot add someone to a private channel in Microsoft Teams it is because the guests or members are not on the main team.

It is not possible to add people directly in a private channel or private channel without them being part of the general channel.

Scenario: An example scenario is: Collaboration with external users. Add everyone to the same team. Do not use the general channel for 'internal' communication but create private channels. In this example, do not use the general channel and close all communication. See tip: Create guest team and limit the general channel in use - Read-Only

In this blog, I have provided a lot of information on how to organise a team in the ideal world.

Is it not possible to add members in Microsoft Teams ?

If you want to add members, but cannot do so in a private channel, this is because people must first be added to the general channel.

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Open the team your private channel belongs to

Navigate to your main team. In this case, "Project Y".

Add people to the team via 'Add member'.

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Then open the Microsoft Teams private channel

Add the member or several new members in the private channel one by one or in group.

This is the solution to add people in a private channel in Microsoft Teams.

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Eric Bonne
Eric Bonne
1 year ago

best,

I have created a Team with 15 guests (external members).
I create a private channel and now I want to add certain guests to this channel.
I can add 2 guests ... a 3rd is no longer possible.
What is the cause of this or is 2 a maximum?

Eric bonne
Eric bonne
1 year ago
Reply to  Jasper

The guests have indeed been added to the main team.
However, when I try again, I see that it works ... apparently "Teams" does not always respond as it should ...
Problem solved, thanks in advance.

lotte
lotte
1 year ago

I can't even add members in the main team.... arrghhhh help!!!

Eric Bonne
Eric Bonne
1 year ago

Are you the owner of the Team? I thought that only owners can add members, members have to ask permission from the team owner to add a member.

Lotte Vervloet
Lotte Vervloet
1 year ago

Yes, I am the owner! Very strange...
With previous teams it always worked. Now 2 new ones started and suddenly it doesn't work anymore....

Lotte
Lotte
1 year ago

In the meantime, I have somehow managed to add them as guests ;-). But it would actually be better if they were 'members' or also 'owners'... Can you change this?

I really don't understand what is going wrong today... We ran a training course at Teams a few months ago and today we are starting a second edition...

Lotte
Lotte
1 year ago

Yes, a member... but a guest, is that possible too?

Lotte
Lotte
1 year ago

And how do you do that? Because I can't exactly change the role of guest via administration...

Werner Wijsman
Werner Wijsman
1 year ago

I have a similar problem. I have added guests to a Team, then try to put them in a private channel. For some it works, but not for others. It does not find that address when I want to add it.
Sometimes I manage to remove the guest from Teams and then add them again. Then (sometimes) it manages to invite the guest to a channel.

What strikes me is that when I try to find the guest in question via the 'search for members' field in the Team member overview (i.e. the highest level), the guest is not found either. However, if I scroll down the list, the guest is listed!

I am curious who recognises this problem and whether there is a solution.

grt, werner

Pieter Beckers
Pieter Beckers
3 months ago
Reply to  Jasper

I have the exact same issue as Werner up to every detail. In my case she was added days ago by now, surely it cannot take that long?

Cyrus William
Cyrus William
4 months ago

Hello Jasper,

On MS Teams, is it possible to invite a guest user only to a private channel without adding that guest user to the main team? I'd like for the guest user to only have access to that private channel and not have access to the General channel. Is that possible?

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