Make "Follow this channel" the default setting.
Usual Microsoft lack of UI intuition.
Channels should be followed by default with the user unfollowing it if they wish.
Thank you for the feedback. Changing the default setting is under review by the feature team, and your feedback is very useful as they are evaluating.
Hard to believe this hasn't been implemented yet. Admins should be able to control this setting. This is why people aren't adopting Teams and moving to Slack instead.
We really need the notifications on by default as people are missing important responses to posts.
if you are on the chat tab, you have no idea of any activity on the Teams channel unless someones @'s you.... why is the default channel notifictaion set to "off"?
be nice oif the ownber of the group could set these settings or by default it's on and the users can then change the settings to off if they wish
Please add this Feature!!
So after multiple tickets #16844557, #17450688, #16844557 stretching over 3 months. Microsoft has directed me back to this and informed me that it is in fact under review, unfortunately, there is no workaround.
I find it hard to believe that it takes a year to review something so blindingly obvious either the global admin or channel owner needs the ability to change the setting, for those stating you would have unmanageable amount of notifications thats why the end-user has the ability to change their settings, this is completely backward.
Every single comment below highlights the futility of trying to use teams without the ability to change this setting. my users are now using the chat section exclusively and I have no incentive to convince them otherwise. The team's section is rendered completely useless by this lack of foresight! if it doesn't notify you why would you use it.
If this is flustrating you and your users as much as me please vote on it and comment.
CAN YOU PLEASE ADD THIS! My team has decided group chats are better since it's always going to notify you.
can we do follow channel and enable notifications from powershell or some other manner to all members in team?
This is the number 1 issue that my organization has with Microsoft Teams. We want to use it as our default collaboration and information sharing platform, but we cannot guarantee that users have followed channels. What is Microsoft's solution?
Any update? This makes it very difficult for teams to get off email and onto channels.
We need to have this feature enabled. For high priority Channels/Teams, having the option to configure this as an option when creating a Team/Channel allows the creator to know that people will see the messages. The user should have the option to turn it off, but it is too easy to miss a conversation when a notification does not pop. I'd rather turn it off when I realize I do not need to be notified.
Genghis Khan commented
I vote that this should be implemented. Our team went 2 weeks without getting new messages in the channels they joined. Even after everyone was informed to follow the channel, some forgot and went another week before actually getting real time notifications.
I have noticed that if you are part of more than one team, you will not receive banner notifications nor will the task bar icon flash if you have a different team selected. This is terrible. All the time I miss notifications from other teams that I am part of. My organization had multiple teams set up for different subgroups within our department, but because leadership members who were supposed to be able to provide immediate feedback for urgent questions posted in those teams were unable to receive notifications for multiple teams, we had to change to one large group team, and it's a mess.
Kevin Kline commented
I can't believe this thread has been around this long without a solution. We should have the ability to configure a default notification option for channels that users are subscribed to and users can "opt-out" if they get too many notifications as opposed to "opt-in".
Freeman Helmuth commented
The lack of this functionality is simply astonishing. In a software built for messaging and notification in the 21st century, it fails to notify team members by default
This is a horrendous idea.
Since joining ALL channels in a team is the default, this would result in a completely unmanageable amount of notifications, especially in large organizations.
I prefer the Slack model, where you do not join ANY channel by default and have to Opt-in to all channels you would like to participate in. That way, you only recieve notifications for that activity you need to see.
I this case I am glad Microsoft is NOT listening to everyone in this thread because it is a really REALLY bad idea.
This feature needs to be FIXED. Managers need to have confidence that their people are ALL communicating and using the site. Channel creators should have the ability to push notifications to people whether they think they need to see them or not.
Teams channel notifications are set to off by default. This is extremely frustrating as no one ever sees team messages. To compound the issue there is no way for a team owner or even a global admin to change this setting, meaning the only place to ensure you get notifications on a channel is at end user level. For a workforce who is new to this system the only way this will happen is with training. For a company of my size this simply isn’t an option. Ive raised the following Ticket #:16844557 the issue is apparently under review but will only be put forward after 300 votes. It seems absolutely insane for a messaging platform not to notify its users of messages. Its always going to be easier to turn off notifications rather than on. Ive just found this ticket which has over 1000 votes and hasn’t been reviewed for 2 years. Could you please make this a priority? or atleast give us some Powershell scripts to edit the default.
Carl Russo commented
Can some indicator, perhaps a badge notification on the Teams side nav or making the icon bold, be added so that it's evident that unread messages are present in teams channels? It doesn't make sense that the only way to be notified of team channel activity is through Banner notifications (annoying for group channels) or indirectly through Activity feed notifications - there should just be some visual indicator on the Teams side nav icon (similar to the Chat notification in the attached screenshot) to indicate that there's activity without having to click into the Teams tab to see which channels are in bold.
This is the single biggest issue turning us away from teams - It seems like a massive oversight.
Do you really expect people to send seperate communication to everyone involved every time a new channel or team is created asking them to opt-in for notifications?
...And then good luck checking people actually did enable notifications for a channel. Ideally channel\team owners\admins should be able to manage and see who receives notifications but I'd settle for simply making notifications ON by default.
I can't beleive this is still under review after so long, this needs to be added yesterday.
Michael Raphael commented
Please do this right away