Manage the Praise app in the Microsoft Teams admin center

The Praise app in Microsoft Teams helps users show appreciation to members of their organization or classroom. With a selection of badge sets to choose from and the option to create your own badges, Praise is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide range of work that Teams users do, from educators to first line workers.

Admins can control what badges are available to their organization from the Teams admin center. In the left navigation, select Teams apps > Manage apps. Open Praise in the tenant app catalog, and go to Settings.

Use built-in badge sets

Built-in sets are collections of badges designed by Microsoft for the Praise app. These sets are not editable by admins. The default badge set is already enabled and available in the Praise app. To change the availability of the default set or of any badges sets, switch the corresponding toggle to On or Off.

Default badges

The default badge set is designed to help Teams users recognize their peers for going above and beyond with their work.

Preview of default badge set

Social and emotional learning badges for education

Educators can recognize individual students for social and emotional learning (SEL) achievements and behaviors with badges that illustrate these concepts.

Preview of the Social and emotional learning badges for  education

Create your own badges

Switch the Custom badges toggle to On and select Create a custom badge. From there, you can design a custom badge in the side panel. You can create up to 25 custom badges.

  1. Enter a badge name. This is the name that will appear on the badge when users send praise.

  2. Set your badge colors. To set the text and background colors of your badge, you need to enter the colors as hexadecimal (hex) values.


    If you’re new to hex values, this article includes a quick introduction to show you how to use them.

  3. Upload a badge image. The accepted file type is .PNG. The image file must be less than 40 KB with maximum dimensions of 216 X 216 pixels. Badge with background, text, and image fields labeled

  4. Localize your badge name: Under Localized badge names, select Add. Select the desired locale from the drop-down list. Then enter the badge name in the designated language.

  5. Exclude your badge from specific locales: Under Exclude badge from these locales, select Add. Select the locales you want to exclude from the drop-down list.

  6. Select Apply. Your new badge will now appear in the custom badges table.


If steps 4 and 5 are skipped, the badge will be in the default language for all locales.

When you’re finished making changes to your badge selection, make sure to select Submit. It may take up to a few hours before these changes are available to your organization.

Specify colors with hex values

Hex color values are strings of six hexadecimal digits that represent the intensity of red (RR), green (GG), and blue (BB) in a specific color on a scale of 00 to FF. When you put the values of all three colors together, you get a hex value: #RRGGBB

For example, the hex value for the color red is #FF0000 because red is set at the highest possible value, FF, and green and blue are each set at the lowest possible value, 00.

To explore different colors and their hex values, check out Bing color picker.

Below is a list of example colors to get you started:

Color Hex value
hex color #FF6666 #FF6666
hex color #7FFFD4 #7FFFD4
hex color #FF75F0 #FF75F0
hex color #00BFFF #00BFFF
hex color #800080 #800080
hex color #000000 #000000

Best practices for creating custom badges

Submit all your badges at once. Because it takes a while for new badges to be processed, it’s best to add all your custom badges to the table before submitting them.

When choosing colors, keep accessibility in mind. Some colors go together better than others. Create contrast between your text and background colors to make the badge name easy to read. For example, if you chose a dark background color, choose a light text color.

When selecting an image, keep badge dimensions in mind. For the best quality, we recommend uploading an image file that is 216 x 216 pixels (which are the maximum dimensions). Avoid stretching or distorting the image to fit these dimensions.

If your badge image isn’t rectangular, make the image transparent. You’ll need to do this before uploading the image file to Praise.

Left: badge with non-transparent image, right: badge with transparent image

Badge set assets

Built-in badge sets can't be modified, so when a built-in set is enabled, all badges in the set are added to the Praise app. If you want to add specific badges from a built-in set and leave out others, re-create the badges you want to use as custom badges. You can download the badge image and find the text and background colors of badges from built-in sets in the tables below.

Default badges assets

Badge name Image file Text color Background color
Achiever Achiever PNG #D36E70 #E3F4FC
Awesome Awesome PNG #8283B2 #D1EFF2
Coach Coach PNG #6AA55A #DBF1D6
Courage Courage PNG #DC5041 #FCF6C8
Creative Creative PNG #CF9D50 #FCF6C8
Inclusive Inclusive PNG #3C77BB #E2F4FC
Kind Heart Kind Heart PNG #D36D6E #F4DEDE
Leadership Leadership PNG #419098 #D2EAEC
Optimism Optimism PNG #D8338C #F4DDDE
Problem solver Problem solver PNG #B8916E #CBDADF
Team player Team player PNG #8B8DC0 #F4EEC0
Thank you Thank you PNG #469CA4 #BACCB6

Social and emotional learning badges for education assets

Badge name Image file Text color Background color
Communication Communication PNG #FFFFFF #173B65
Critical thinking Critical thinking PNG #FFFFFF #084D26
Curiosity Curiosity PNG #FFFFFF #008078
Empathy Empathy PNG #FFFFFF #650B35
Goal pursuit Goal pursuit PNG #FFFFFF #006F95
Motivation Motivation PNG #FFFFFF #C52127
Persistence Persistence PNG #FFFFFF #167D3E
Respect Respect PNG #FFFFFF #8251A0
Responsibility Responsibility PNG #FFFFFF #B05DA3
Self-awareness Self-awareness PNG #FFFFFF #1680E5
Self-management Self-management PNG #FFFFFF #4C144D
Thoughtfulness Thoughtfulness PNG #FFFFFF #EE4086