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Accidently added few members to a Team's group chat, but I don't find option to remove the members. Whether the newly added members can see the old conversations? Is there any indirect way to remove members?

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Is it that you can't see those members you added, or how to remove any members?
To remove members from the Team all you need to do is:
1. Click the ... to the right of the team name and select "View team". You will be presented with a members listing.
2. Hover over the names of the people you want to remove, on the right side an X will appear that you can press to remove them.

You could also try removing them from the Office 365 Group.
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Hi,

 

I meant in the group chat option, not the teams. In teams, i can do so.

 

 

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It has been suggested to many in Uservoice. I hope it will be fixed soon too.
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Hello,

 

Has this been implemented?


@NarasimaPerumal Chandramohan wrote:

Hi,

 

I meant in the group chat option, not the teams. In teams, i can do so.

 

 


 

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In the Chat (NOT Teams/Channels) function of Teams, adding another person to the chat does not give them a historical view of what was said with the other participants before you added them. You are in essence creating a brand new chat space for that new increased group of people.

 

This means if you've added someone by mistake, just start a different chat with the original people you wanted to chat with. No need to remove anyone.

 

You can confirm this on this support page in the 'Messages' section: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Frequently-asked-questions-f4644010-d5fa-4055-b42a-6a531731...

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What if the original group with let us say 10 users chat has a long history and is still active? Those 10 users would probably not want to start over just because someone was added by mistake.

 

It seems like more user friendly to allow the initiator of group chat to remove users that were added by mistake, and also giving the one who was added the option of leaving.

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As far as I know, they would not have to start over. You'll see when you start adding people to a new chat, that the screen starts displaying any historical conversation that has already happened among those people. So if you go back and start a new chat without the accidentally added person, all the history should just show up.

 

I think we're trying to apply the concept of a chat "room" to person to person chat, and that does not seem to be how the backend of the Chat functionality works. Teams/Channels works that way; you're in effect chatting with a Channel, and others have access to that Channel to see the persistent chat history that is stored there. Chat is chatting with people, so it feels to me like some sort of permissions is being stamped onto each chat message when it is sent saying who has access to see it.

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Keeping the history is nice.

But it seems to me forcing restart a group chat and adding all participants again if someone was added by mistake or want to leave, is more of a workaround than a solution.
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When Hovering over a member name I do get the member details, however without any option to delete/remove, nor X or similar.

 

Thanks,

--- Moshe

 

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Maybe a feature request, but if I want to leave a chat can I?

 

Andy

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To me it's a must have feature to be able to remove participants from a group and also allow participants to leave if they are no longer interested in the group. We shouldn't have to start a group just to remove someone. It's a big gap for companies like us who use group chats regularly. 

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You should be using Teams and Channels for that use case, as it fits all of your needs you described. Chat is slightly different, and generally fits a more private communication use case.

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I started a new conversation after someone accidentally added people to a private chat. The history did not move over. There really should be a way to "undo" an accidental addition to a private chat. 

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I'm sorry but that is missing the point. Chat is an adhoc group that I and others can create as and when needed. I shouldn't have to create a Team and Channels for such adhoc discussions. But it doesn't mean that it shouldn't have the flexibility of adding and removing participants. I can do this on other chat apps!

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Features have (or will be shortly) arriving to allow users to leave a chat on their own.

 

Removing someone from a chat implies some sort of ownership, and there is no concept of that in Chat in Teams currently. Everyone in a chat is equal. In the Teams/Channels side, there are Owners and Members which allows the capability you're looking for.

 

I would encourage you to submit your use case/scenario to UserVoice! https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public

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Everyone is always free to leave the groupchat when they are added. But not in the Teams desktop app because the button is missing ;)

I agree that it would be nice that a member in the groupchat can be removed when you added a person by mistake. But then a whole new level of permissions needs to be created and managed, because probably only an owner of a groupchat can remove members and so on. Whole new challenge.

Right now it's easy and clear. If you are added to a groupchat, you as a member can leave whenever you want.  Including the person who started the chat can leave the conversation.

Let's see how the groupchat development continues. :)

 

 

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You can do it from the desktop client as well now, but the functionality is a bit hidden.

 

  • Click the "Participants" link on top of group chat
  • Select "Leave"

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Hi Johan, thanks for the screenshot. I did some extra digging why it didn't work... because I expected the Leave button also in the desktop client.

Solution = When you enable the developers preview the 'Leave' groupchat button is missing. Disabled the Developers Preview and the button is back.  :) 

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For some background on why that is happening, it is because the Developer Preview is actually a completely different deployment ring and it seems to have not gotten the Leave functionality yet.