Team owner, member, and guest capabilities in Teams

Applies to: Microsoft Teams.


Each member in Teams has a role, and each one has various permissions. 

  • Owners
    Team owners control specific settings for the team. They append and delete members, create guests, edit team settings, and manage administrative tasks. There can be several owners in a team.
  • Members
    Members are the people in the team. They discuss with other team members in conversations. They can see and normally upload and amend files. They even do the regular forms of collaboration that the team owners have permitted.
  • Guests
    Guests are people from beyond your organisation that a team owner invites, including partners or consultants to join the team. Guests have lesser capabilities than team members or team owners, although there’s still plenty they can do.

Note: File permissions for members and guests reflect whatever your admin has set in your SharePoint settings. These can only be changed by your admin.

The following table lists the capabilities available for each role:

Create a channelcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Participate in a private chatcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Participate in a channel conversationcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Share a channel filecheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Share a chat filecheckmarkcheckmark
Add apps (such as tabs, bots, or connectors)checkmarkcheckmark
Can be invited via any work or school account for Office 365checkmark
Create a teamcheckmarkcheckmark
Delete or edit posted messagescheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
Discover and join public teamscheckmarkcheckmark
View org chartcheckmarkcheckmark
Add or remove members and guestscheckmark
Edit or delete a teamcheckmark
Set team permissions for channels, tabs, and connectorscheckmark
Change the team picturecheckmark
Add guests to a teamcheckmark
Auto-show channels for the whole teamcheckmark
Control @[team name] mentionscheckmark
Allow @channel or @[channel name] mentionscheckmark
Allow usage of emoji, GIFs, and memescheckmark
Renew a teamcheckmark
Archive or restore a teamcheckmark

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