Where are things stored when using Microsoft Teams?
This question comes up a lot, so here’s the breakdown:
Files in Teams Channels
Files uploaded or added through channels get saved to the underlying SharePoint site that is created with the Team. The files are contained in folders that mirror the names of the channels. You’re essentially seeing a document library view in the files tab for each channel.
Files shared in the Chat section
When you use the chat functionality in Teams (the specific section for it - not a conversations tab), any files you share with those you’re chatting with get saved in your OneDrive account. Teams will create a folder automatically called “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” and will place all your content there.
The conversations tab is often the most-used tab in a Team. This is because it’s the default tab, the first thing you see when you’re using the Teams interface. The conversation history and chat from this tab gets saved in the Office 365 group mailbox that gets created when the Team is spun up. These actions are available through the security and compliance center.
Chat section chats
Your 1-to-1 and 1-to-few chats are also saved in Exchange, though these ones go to the specific user’s mailbox. They don’t show up in a visible folder like Skype messages do in “conversation history,” but they are saved in a hidden folder. These are also available through the security and compliance center.