Channel Limit (Increase beyond 200 limit)
We have run into a situation on a team, let's call it "Vendors" where we post data on vendors that we use. We set up a channel for each vendor but have "reached the limit" on the number of channels in a team. Is this something that can be controlled through an admin panel or is there another way to increase/remove the limit.
As mentioned in the prior status, the channel limit was raised from 100 to 200.
In the near future a retention limit will be set so you can still go back and reinstate a channel you had deleted. Once the retention period has expired then the channel will get a hard delete which will free up the space and no longer count toward the 200 channel limit.
This will help with some of the issues you have voiced in the comments below.
But I understand many of you wish the limit to be further increased. I will continue to provide your votes and comments to the feature team.
Diane Evans commented
We use the channels in our team to store all information for group projects. Either need to increase the number of channels or add the ability to archive channels but still be able to access for historical data.
Chris Edwards commented
This is critical!!!! I need more than 200 channels .... much more!!! Please make this fix!
we need more votes on this uservoice! spread the word! 200 should be 2000 max, or lets start at 500 max?
We have to have the ability to delete and repurpose our channels.NOW! Please post alternatives to Microsoft Teams in this thread. We can't live with this limitation. Slack seems to have unlimited channels.
Does anyone knows if the above mentioned is already in action - if the deleted channels will be finally deleted after 30 days?
This would be a first step helping us as we have a channel for each project and when they are finished we don't need the channel any longer.
Rename the name of the channel also doesn't help as the name sync with Sharepoint doesn't work. As we have many projects we work on at the same time we are really in trouble with this regulation. I hope it will change soon.
Roger Cantor commented
Considering Teams is being sold as the defacto standard for collaboration within a business, the 200 Channel limit within a Team is a joke. Especially when processes are integrated into Power Automate, the 200 limit just is nowhere near enough and causes huge administrative issues. When is this going to get resolved..?
Aidan Kirkpatrick commented
I concur with all points below. Please let's get this implemented in the next update.
Tim Hill commented
Any updates please? Is there a plan to increase it - as others have said it's a major design constraint.
Kelvyn Clee commented
Agree this is a major limitation! if a 200 channel limit needs to exist (including deleted) options should be available to either reduce the deleted channel retention period to zero or 24hrs to allow the ability to reclaim channels.
For our usage we use a channel as a central war room for major incidents, on resolution the channel deleted, but having the 200 channel limit with 30day retention doesn't make this a viable option to cover our needs. Having the ability to not have a retention for deleted channels or a significantly reduced setting would.
This is a huge limitation for your biggest paying customers. There are many business use cases where having a channel per project is necessary and now we are stuck merging multiple projects into the same channel (we have around 300 active projects per region at any given time, so this limit needs to be raised by an order of magnitude, not by a factor of 2 or whatever). This is going to become enough of a problem to consider pulling our business subscription and moving to a Slack/Google stack.
Matt Schneider commented
This is a huge design constraint when trying to bring folks together. 2 years later I'd have hoped for more incremental progress.
Adding my vote as this is becoming a real issue for some of our Teams. We would really appreciate a channel increase beyond 200 and the ability to hard delete channels.
Stephen P. White commented
The 200 limit is not our problem - it is the 30 private channel limit! Will I get back my "private channel" count after the 30 day hard delete? So frustrating.
Aaron Sanger commented
We essentially don't use the "Teams" portion of Teams because of this limitation. Working on projects, 1 project per channel, and then no way to archive.
@microsoft @warren, several people experience problems with the "hard" delete after 30 days, the retention limit of 30 days does not work for deleted channels. Why does this not work while it is stated in documentation? https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams/channel-deletion/m-p/2060062
@Warren @Microsoft any update on the 200 limit being increased?
Stefan Stefanov commented
This is just stupid limitation. A least remove the deleted channels from the limitation.
Carlo Mendoza commented
As most of the persons on this forum have stated for years. This needs to be increased substantially!