Megan Hagedorn 8 Comments

Picture this: it’s January 2019, and you’ve made a resolution to be more tidy this year.  You’ve just hidden a bunch of old chats in Microsoft Teams, but alas! You need to reference one of them and cannot find it again for the life of you. Fear not! We’ll walk through how to hide and unhide chats in this blog post.

To hide a chat, head over to Chats, then select the “…” button, and click “Hide”:

Now your Chat area looks like this:

To unhide a chat, simply search for the chat in the search box and select it:

Click the “…” next to the chat and select “Unhide”:




To unhide GROUP chats, follow the same instructions as above, but search for the names of the people included in the group:


    • Great question! I just tested this myself, and created a group chat with two coworkers, Corey and Kari, then hid the chat. To unhide it, I searched for “Corey and Kari” (Corey Kari and Kari Corey, etc, also all work). I’ve updated the blog post above with a screenshot of this search–it’s at the bottom of the post.
      From there you just select the chat, and use the “…” button to unhide it again as described in the blog post. I hope that helps!

      • This is assuming you remember all of the participants in the original Group Chat… Unfortunately, I have some Group Chats with 10-15 people in them. I can’t hide these because I’ll never be able to find them again without knowing the exact participants… Teams really needs a way to view all hidden chats and allow you to selectively unhide them without having to search for them.

        • Hi Marcus,
          I just tested this again to confirm, but for whatever reason, I’m able to enter in just ONE participant in the search and the group chat does appear in the results. I completely agree, though–this is a glaring omission from Microsoft!

  1. How about unhide in the Mobile App? I tried doing the steps but there seems to be no option to unhide in the mobile platform (im using android in my case)

    • Unfortunately, I don’t have an android to test on, but on my iPhone I could not figure out how to permanently unhide chats from the mobile app. You CAN temporarily see hidden chats with a single user by searching for the person’s name, selecting it, then selecting the chat button on their “profile”. This does not seem to work for group chats on the mobile app. I just hid a group chat to test, however, and it did say that it would “unhide” itself if someone posts a new message to it..

    • Hi Sylvia,
      Please feel free to send me a screenshot of the window you’re talking about at This guide does also cover individual chats within Microsoft Teams–you should be able to follow the same steps.

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