Start a chat in Teams

Sometimes you’ll want to talk one-on-one with someone. Other times, you’ll want to have a small group chat. In Chat, you can do either.

You start one-on-one and group chats the same way: by selecting New chat New chat icon at the top of Teams. Once in a chat, you’ll be able to send messages that include files, links, emojis, stickers, and GIFs.

Here are some more details about each kind of chat.

Start a one-on-one chat

Once you've selected New chat New chat icon in Teams and entered the person’s name, compose your message in the box and select Send Send message icon in Teams or press Enter. This starts the chat.

Start a group chat

Start one the same way you start a one-on-one chat: select New chat New chat icon in Teams at the top of Teams. Select the down arrow to the far right of the To field and type a name for the chat in the Group name field. Next, type the names of the people you’d like to add in the To field.

You can include up to 100 people in a group chat.

Note: If you want to start a conversation with the entire team, try a channel conversation.

Add people to the conversation

To loop more people into the conversation, just click Add people Add people to team button in the top right corner of Teams. Then, type the names of the people you'd like to add, select how much of the chat history to include, and click Add

Note: Currently, you can include chat history only when adding someone to a group chat (not a one-on-one chat).

Adding people to a group chat

Remove people from a group chat

Note: Your admin will need to turn on this setting to allow members to remove each other from a group chat.

Open any group chat of three or more people and go to the top of the chat where it tells you the number of participants. Hover on the person's name you want to remove, then select the X and confirm you want to remove the participant from chat.

An update in the chat will inform everyone that you've removed the person.

People removed from a chat will be able to view previous chat history, but won't be able to send new messages, react to messages, and won't be able to view new conversations or files shared by the group.

Tap Chat Open chat button > New chat New chat button and type the name of the person or people you want to chat with. Then compose your message and tap Send Send button .

Add people to the conversation

In the group chat header, tap the participants to see the Group chat details. Then tap Create a new group chat and type the names of the people you want to add. You can include up to 100 people in a group chat.

For now, go to the desktop or web app to include all or part of the chat history for new participants.

Tap Chat Open chat button > New chat New chat button and type the name of the person or people you want to chat with. Then compose your message and tap Send Send button .

Add people to the conversation

In the group chat header, tap More options More options button > Chat details > Add people Add people button and type the names of the people you want to add. You can include up to 100 people in a group chat.

For now, go to the desktop or web app to include all or part of the chat history for new participants.

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