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.
Greg Finger commented
For those of us that use Teams as a project management tool for managing projects with clients, the 200 channel limit will be an issue. If there's a way to "archive" channels to take them away from the channel limit, that would be better.
Vincent Stessels commented
Hi, we are internally looking at migrating fileshares to Teams in order to take collaboration to the next level. The 200 channel limit is currently putting a hold on this project. We will need between 500 and 1.000 channels to proceed with our plans.
Bruce Harrison commented
Hi there, can the user community please get an update on if and when the channel limit is planned to be increased.
In our case if the current 200 'standard' plus 30 private channels limit will remains in place long term (more than a year) we will architect several our teams and channels structures differently (and sub-optimally) than if we know it will be increased (to, for example, 300+) within the next 12 months or so. Many thanks.
Alexey Pirozhnikov commented
The plan is to have all project-related stuff within a channel. Considering there is 100+ projects per year, 200-limit seems to be overly restrictive.
Currently using Teams in some areas of the business. We're in a pilot phase before roll-out across the entire business. We're already at 100+ channels for some Teams after just a few months. I definitely need at least 1000 channels per Team. I *also* need the ability to archive old channels in such a way that it won't contribute to the channel limit. It would be great; however, if archived Channels still showed up in a Team's channel list. That'll stream-line retrieval of information from archives of completed projects.
Marc Morrison commented
Adoption will be significantly impacted by organizations if the limit is not increased far beyond 200!
We are hitting similar issue with our pre-sales bid areas, the 200 limitation is killing us. Would prefer just to use SharePoint for our requirements, but the company has decided that Teams is the corporate collaboration tool.
Jerry Whiteside commented
Absolute deal-breaker for us. Looks like we will be switching back to Slack, which has no channel limits at all!!
I already reached the 200 limit and this is crazy! We need to go beyond 200 easily. I agree with Steven Rockwell that at least a couple thousand would be good.
Steven Rockwell commented
We have a great team that works on company-wide projects. Each project is represented by a channel. We will quickly exceed the 200 channel limit for this Team. The Team limit of 500,000 seems very large compared to the small number of channels that can be created for a team. A smaller number of teams is ok for us. We need a few thousand channels. If we cannot get over 200 channels, Teams will not work for us at all. We like Teams, we want it to work for us!
Hitting the 200 limit in Q1 2020, feeling a little stress here.
Please implement the quickest fix of these 2:
- Function to easly move a channel to another team (= I can create a Team A-L and another M-Z)
- Increase limit on a first stage to 300 to gain time to find a more permanent solution (+1000)
Thanks in advance,
Deleted a bunch of channels more than 30 days ago but am still getting the maximium channels restriction, is the rention period not hard deleting when it's supposed to?
Marc Gehri commented
Our company wants to switch to teams.
It was planned that we would create 1 team for the customers and in this team 1 channel per customer.
However, we have around 600 customers of which 350 are customers that we actively support.....
Until now we had 1 SharePoint Library with one folder per customer - actually analog 1 team with channel per customer.
Therefore we absolutely need more than 200 channels...
Otherwise, this is not accepted by our sales and sales office staff and the way they work becomes much too time-consuming/complicated for them.
They switch between the customer folders several times per hour...
We also thought about creating 1 team per customer. However, each user on his computer would have to manually synchronize each customer team. Or the IT creates/updates each time, with a new customer, GPO's to automate the synchronization.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams says the hard delete will free up the channels. Our IT company says their MS Devs are telling them it is still a lifetime limit. What is the real answer?
So.... Partially done still?
"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."
Is the "near future" still in the future - because that would explain my issues.
Our company has fully embraced Teams. So, our Services department wants to use channels to communicate certain customer-specific information among their reps and share files specific to those customers. Being limited to only 200 channels is a total deal-breaker for them. They're abandoning the pilot where they were testing this and going back to using email and network fileshares. A big step backwards for sure. But, what else are they to do?
Please increase the limit.
I just hit the max limit but I am only at a little over 100. The ones that have been deleted in the past are a long time ago so when does the hard delete happen?
Microsoft, users will use channels like Folders.... you need to increase the Channel limit to whatever the SharePoint list limit is.
Rachel Bradford commented
In our company, we use specialty departments. We would like the communication for each client dealing with a specialty team to be set up under a specialty department so those employees can better see and respond to questions for various client-teams. Yes, please increase the limit!
Stephen Brown commented
We have been using customer centric teams in Teams, but want to shift to departmental teams with customer channels. This limitation is painful as the current model requires departments to be members of dozens of teams potentially. Increase the limit!