When Microsoft Teams chats become irrelevant to you, hiding them is a good idea. If you don’t want to get any chat notifications, feel free to use the Mute option as well.
Keep in mind that a hidden chat remains that way until someone posts a new message to it. As soon as that happens, the chat will become visible again. And we’re going to use this trick to find hidden chats as well.
How to Find a Hidden Microsoft Teams Chat
Method 1 – Search for Users
- Click on the Search bar and type the name of the person you previously chatted with.
- Click on that person’s name.
- Your old chat will be visible again in the Chat pane (left-hand).
- Click on More options (the three dots) and select Unhide.
As you can see, if you want to find and unhide hidden chats, you basically need to search for the name of the user you chatted with.
Alternatively, you can also send them a new chat message. This will immediately unhide any hidden chats you had with that user.
Method 2 – Use the Name of the Chat
If we’re talking about a group chat, the quickest way to unhide and recover a chat is to search for the name of that chat. Enter the chat name in the Search bar, click on it, and then unhide it.
If you can’t remember the name of the chat, you can use the first method. In other words, search for the name of one of the chat participants. Click on that user and the hidden chat should be visible again on the left pane.
No Stand-Alone Unhide Chat Option Yet
Many Teams users asked Microsoft to add a specific option to unhide hidden chats. More specifically, they suggested that a Hidden Chats expand/collapse menu would come in handy.
For the time being, Microsoft has not commented on this request. But if you want to support this idea, you can upvote it on this Microsoft Teams UserVoice webpage.