Set Office 365 Group Privacy to Private or Public using PowerShell

Requirement: Change Office 365 Group Privacy to Private or Public (or vice versa!).

How to Change Office 365 Group Privacy?

Microsoft 365 groups are a powerful tool for collaboration and communication within an organization. It’s crucial to understand how the privacy setting works in Microsoft 365 groups. By default, the privacy is set to public, which means that anyone in your organization can find and join the group. If you want to keep the group private so that only specific people can join and only members can access the group, you’ll need to change the group’s privacy setting. In this article, we’ll show you how to change Microsoft 365 Group privacy from public to private (or vice versa!)

You can change the Office 365 group’s privacy through the Microsoft 365 admin center as an admin. Here is how:

  1. Log in to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center site: using your admin credentials.
  2. Expand “Teams & Groups” and Click on “Active Teams & Groups” in the left navigation.
  3. Search and select the Office 365 group you wish to change the privacy settings.
  4. Click on the settings tab, and then select the privacy to “Private” or “Public”.
  5. Click on “Save” to commit your changes. You should see the “Changes saved” message.
    change office 365 group privacy to private or public using powershell

Please note, changing a group from public to private will remove it from the public directory and make it invisible to non-members. Similarly, changing a group from private to public will make it visible to everyone in the organization, including non-members

PnP PowerShell to Change the Microsoft 365 Group Privacy

Let’s change a Microsoft 365 group from Private to Public using PnP PowerShell:

#Config Variables
$AdminSiteURL = ""
$GroupEmail = ""

Try {
    #Connect to PnP Online
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url $AdminSiteURL -Interactive

    #Get the Office 365 Group from Email
    $Group = Get-PnPMicrosoft365Group | Where Mail -eq $GroupEmail

    #Check if group exists
    If($Group -ne $Null)
        #Set the Group Privacy to Public
        Set-PnPMicrosoft365Group -Identity $Group -IsPrivate:$False
        Write-Host "Group Privacy Updated Successfully!" -f Green
        Write-host "Could not Find Group!" -f Yellow
Catch {
    write-host -f Red "Error:" $_.Exception.Message

Set Office 365 Group Privacy to Private or Public using PowerShell:

Let’s change the privacy of the “” group to “Private”.

#Get Credentials to connect
$Credential = Get-Credential
#Connect to Exchange Online
Connect-ExchangeOnline -Credential $Credential -ShowBanner:$False

#Set Office 365 group's privacy to "Private"
Set-UnifiedGroup -Identity "" -AccessType Private

#Disconnect Exchange Online
Disconnect-ExchangeOnline -Confirm:$False

Similarly, you can change the group type to “Public” as:

Set-UnifiedGroup -Identity "" -AccessType Public

To change a SharePoint Online site privacy, use: How do I make a SharePoint site public to everyone?

In summary, changing a Microsoft 365 group from private to public can be a useful way to allow non-members to view and participate in group conversations and access resources. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily change the privacy settings of a Microsoft 365 group in just a few clicks. You can also automate the process with the PowerShell scripts provided in this post.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

2 thoughts on “Set Office 365 Group Privacy to Private or Public using PowerShell

  • Hi , thank you for this. What if we want to edit multiple groups at once , how would the code change? , and | did not work


    • Wrap the groups in an array and use the cmdlet as:
      $Groups = “”, “”, “”
      $Groups | ForEach-Object { Set-UnifiedGroup -Identity $_ -AccessType Public }


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