08-11-2019 04:48 PM
08-11-2019 04:48 PM
I was just wondering if anyone knows where the option to disable private chat in teams is. It used to be in the Messaging options of teams under the old admin as shown below.
When I go into the old admin the settings are greyed out and directs me to go to the new admin to find them, but I cannot find the option to turn private chat off. We are a school and the powers that be do not want students being able to chat privately with teachers or their peers.
Any help would be much appreciated.
08-11-2019 09:16 PM - edited 08-11-2019 09:18 PMSolution
09-18-2019 10:47 AM
@Chris Webb There's a "Chat" option now in messaging policies. Does that disable just private chat or all chat including chat in channels? In our case, for now, we want Skype to continue to remain our chat / meeting service but provide persistent group chat in Teams.
09-18-2019 11:06 AM
09-18-2019 11:55 AM
09-18-2019 03:54 PM
@levonclark that is the old admin center. The new one just has the Chat option under messaging policies. I am about to test it to see if it disables all chat or just private chat, as we still want students to be able to converse with each other through the conversations.
09-18-2019 04:04 PM - edited 09-18-2019 04:06 PM
Chat is only private chat, but keep in mind, this will effect the ability to chat in Meetings as well. At least teh ability to go to your chat tab to participate in chat history / running chat of a meeting since you will not have a chat tab once turning this off.
Also when you set this, it will take some time to take effect, up to a few hours possibly.
09-18-2019 04:26 PM
@Chris Webb Hi Chris, I tried the disabling chat in messaging policies but the chat tab was still there for the user. While they had no-one in their list, they could still go to Contacts and add a group to their favorites and then add a contact that way. The upgrade to skype policy you were talking about. Where can I find that?
09-18-2019 05:08 PM
09-18-2019 05:10 PM
03-15-2020 04:07 PM
The private chat policy moved to >meeting policy< in the new admin portal.
go to meeting policy > allow chat in meeting
that will edit the private chat
while the >chat< policy in the "messaging policy" will affect the general chat tab in the meeting.
Hope it will help you
04-16-2020 01:17 PM - edited 04-16-2020 01:20 PM
Hey @Chris Webb, thanks for all of the helpful info your share in this forum!
Any word on whether individual meeting organizers will get the ability to control chat settings for their meetings? I'm trying to get teachers on board with using Teams versus Zoom for their remote teaching sessions with students, but they would very much like the ability to control chat for their classes on a group-by-group basis and potentially on the fly in a meeting if it is not going well.
04-16-2020 01:23 PM
This is already kinda possible. If the classes are created in specific channels the Team Owner (Teacher) can set up moderation that limits who can chat, this is carried over into the meeting, as the chat there is really a conversation in the channel.
04-16-2020 01:25 PM
04-16-2020 01:28 PM - edited 04-16-2020 01:28 PM
Hey @Steven Collier , that's very helpful to know. I wasn't aware that the Meeting chat followed the moderation settings of the channel! It would allow teachers to schedule meetings in a channel and with moderation enabled to disable chat in their meetings, while still leaving the ability for students to post in another channel.
That being said, with moderation enabled and "Allow members to reply to channel messages", would this also carry over into the meeting, allowing students to respond to a chat message a teacher sends, but not create new messages on their own?
04-16-2020 01:32 PM
@Chris Webb Thanks! I will explore the Teams user voice articles as it would definitely be a great feature for teachers to be able to enable and disable on a meeting by meeting basis or even in real-time.
I have been exploring the possibility of Live Events for teachers to use, but is it true that only 10 Live Events can be occurring simultaneously in a single tenant? We would most likely go over this at times with the 1000+ teachers we have across our board.
04-16-2020 01:35 PM
Also worth looking at this blog ..
Meetings Chat policy - with this change, the new policy will allow students to chat ONLY in the meeting and not before or after – coming in early May
04-16-2020 01:40 PM
04-16-2020 01:41 PM
@Chris Webb @Steven Collier that makes sense. Any carryover of the "Mute student comments in a class team" feature from the channels to the meeting? Could potentially allow a teacher to mute certain students. Trying to go through all the possibilities that they could currently have to manage class video conferencing.
Also, am I missing an option to disable Lobby bypass for all users or is this something that is not an option for users within the organization? The scenario here would be a student receiving the scheduled Teams meeting invitation, then sharing it with friends who are in other classes, grades, schools, but all within or organization. Ideally, we could enable the Lobby for all users or even better, have an option for "Only members of the Team can bypass".
04-16-2020 01:45 PM
04-16-2020 01:45 PM
@SGray Forcing students through a lobby is coming, no date yet but its got a priority ticket, show your support voting and commenting at
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