SharePoint Online: Change Site from Private to Public

Requirement: Change private site to public in SharePoint Online

Switch between Private and Public Sites in SharePoint Online
In SharePoint Online, modern team sites are created with an Office 365 Group associated by default. You can set the site privacy to public or private during creating sites from admin center.
  • In "Private" SharePoint sites, The Owners of the Office 365 group gets added as "Site Collection Administrators" and the members of the Office 365 Group gets added to the default Members group of the SharePoint site - anyone else can't access the SharePoint site.
  • In "Public" sites, the Owners of the Office 365 group gets under "Site Collection Administrators" and Members of the Office 365 group gets added to the default members group of the site (Similar to "Private"). In addition, "Everyone except external users" group is added under members group of the site.
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SharePoint Online: How to Change a Site from Private to Public?
To change a Office 365 group enabled site from private to public (or to change a Public SharePoint Online site to private), follow these steps:

  • Navigate to your SharePoint Online site >> Click on Settings gear >> Click on "Site Information" link.
  • in Site Information page, under "Privacy Setting", you can set the site privacy to either private or public based on your requirements.
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  • Hit "Save" button in the bottom of the page to commit your changes.

This sets the privacy of the associated Office 365 group (it takes a while though!). To change a Office 365 privacy from private to public or vice-versa, use: How to Change Office 365 Group Privacy from Private to Public using PowerShell?

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