Transitioning from Managed to Unmanaged Teams in Teams Manager

Transitioning from Managed to Unmanaged Teams in Teams Manager


This article addresses inquiries about transitioning from managed to unmanaged teams in Teams Manager, providing clarity on the process and its implications.

Problem Statement

Users may inquire whether it's possible to change a team's status from managed to unmanaged within Teams Manager and how to achieve this transition.

Step-by-Step Solution

  1. Understanding Managed Teams:

    • Managed teams in Teams Manager are set up for governance control, with features like policy, metadata, and lifecycle management.
  2. Deactivating Team Templates:

    • To transition a team, start by deactivating the assigned team template.
    • Navigate to the Teams Manager admin panel and locate the specific team template.
    • Select the option to deactivate the template.
  3. Removing Policy Implementations:

    • Subsequently, remove or deactivate any policy implementations associated with the team.
    • This can be done through the Teams Manager interface or Microsoft Teams admin center, depending on the policy's nature.
  4. Technical Status vs. Practical Status:

    • Technically, the team will still be recognized as managed in Teams Manager.
    • Practically, without active templates and policies, the team functions as an unmanaged team.

Additional Tips

  • Ensure you understand the governance implications of deactivating templates and policies.
  • Keep a record of changes for future reference and potential reversals.
  • Regularly review your team management strategies to align with organizational needs.


  1. Is it possible to revert a managed team to an unmanaged state in Teams Manager?

    • Yes, by deactivating the team template and associated policies.
  2. Will the team still be listed as managed in Teams Manager after this process?

    • Technically yes, but it will function as an unmanaged team due to the absence of active governance features.
  3. What should be considered before making a team unmanaged?

    • Consider the governance and control implications, ensuring it aligns with your organizational policies and needs.

Troubleshooting Further Issues

  • If issues arise during the transition, verify that all relevant templates and policies have been correctly deactivated.
  • For further assistance, contact Teams Manager support.

Product Information

Teams Manager is a tool designed to enhance governance and control within Microsoft Teams. Understanding and managing the transition between managed and unmanaged teams are crucial for administrators to adapt to changing organizational requirements.

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