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How to set up a Team with Microsoft Teams groups

Microsoft Teams is a formidable app that integrates a large number of Microsoft’s other apps and services. In fact, many of its features rely on other Microsoft apps and services. Without them, Microsoft Teams is far less impressive.

Microsoft Teams, like many of Microsoft’s other apps, is built to work on the Active Directory services. These services form the backbone for apps like Outlook, OneDrive, Skype, and more. 

Microsoft Teams groups

When users create a team in Microsoft Teams, there’s an option to add users individually, to add them from the Active Directory, or to add them from a group.

This ‘group’ option refers to groups that have been created in Microsoft 365. To use them in Microsoft Teams, you must have a Microsoft 365 subscription that includes Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams will be able to import users from these groups.

Create Microsoft 365 group

To create a Microsoft 365 group, you need to access the Microsoft 365 admin center, and you need the admin account.

  1. Visit the Microsoft 365 admin center in your browser.
  2. In the column on the left, expand Groups.
  3. Select Active Groups.
  4. Click ‘Add a group’.

microsoft teams group

  1. In the panel that opens, select Microsoft 365 as the type of group to create.
  2. Give the group a name and add a description if you want.
  3. Next, add an owner. An owner can only be added from existing users (see next section) and you must add at least one owner.
  4. Set up an email for the group. You can create a team for this group be enabling the ‘create a team for this group’ option.
  5. Click Create group and you’re done.

Add users

To add a user to a Microsoft 365 group, the group must be added from the admin center.

  1. Visit the Microsoft 365 admin center in your browser.
  2. Expand Users.
  3. Select Active Users.
  4. Click Add a user.
  5. Select Single user or Multiple users.
  6. Enter a name, set up an email on the domain, and enter a nickname for the user.
  7. Assign a license to the user.
  8. Assign a role to the user if you want.
  9. Click Finish Adding.

Add members to group

To add members to a Microsoft 365 group, follow these steps.

  1. Visit the Microsoft 365 admin center in your browser.
  2. Expand Groups and select Active groups.
  3. Select the group you want to add users to.
  4. Go to the Members tab.
  5. Click View all and manage members.

  1. Click Add Members.
  2. Enter the name of the user you added.
  3. Click Save.

Microsoft Teams groups – Create team

To create a team from a group, follow these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams and sign in with the admin account used to create the group in the Microsoft 365 admin center.
  2. Go to the Teams tab.
  3. Click Join or create a team.
  4. Click Create team.
  5. Select From a group or team.
  6. Select Microsoft 365 group.
  7. Select the group you created.
  8. The team will be created and all members from the group will be added to it.


Microsoft 365 groups and a Microsoft Teams team can be created at the same time. You can reuse a group to create more teams. It’s a quick way to add users that are not part of the active directory. 

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