Add members to projects or teams

Azure DevOps Services

Add members to your project in Azure DevOps, so you can share code and work with your team, track their status, coordinate dev, build, test, and release activities, and more. For Azure DevOps Server, see Add users to a team or project.

When you add members to projects and you don't have billing set up, Basic access is automatically assigned, until you run out of seats available. When you add members to projects and you do have billing set up, Basic access is assigned only if your default access level is set to Basic. Otherwise, project members are assigned Stakeholder permissions.

When Visual Studio subscribers sign in, they get Basic access. Additional features, such as Azure Test Plans, can be assigned to users by access level, Basic + Test Plans.

Prerequisites

You add users to a project or team. You add projects to organizations, and you add teams to projects.

For an overview of the methods supported for adding users to an organization, see About organization management, Add and manage user access.

Important

If you're adding users to an organization in Azure DevOps Services and you don't use Azure AD, then you need to add their "personal" Microsoft accounts to your account or project. After you've added them to one project, you can add them to additional projects using the procedures provided in this article.

Add members to your project

  1. Sign in to your organization (https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}) as Project Administrator, Project Collection Administrator, or organization Owner.

    Why am I asked to choose between my "work or school account" and my "personal account"?

  2. Open your project, and then select Project settings > Teams. Then, select your project.

    The Projects page

  3. Select Add to invite members to your project.

    On your project home page, select Invite a friend

  4. Add users or groups, and then choose Save.

    Project members list

    Enter the email addresses of the new users, separated by semicolons, or enter the display names of existing users. Add them one at a time or all at once.

FAQs for adding team members

Which email addresses can I add?

Add members' sign in addresses or display names

After you add members to your project, each member gets an invitation email that links to your organization. They can use this link to sign in to your organization and find your project. First-time members might be asked for extra details when they sign in to personalize their experience.

What if they don't get or lose the invitation email?

  • Organizations connected to Azure AD: If you're inviting users from outside your Azure AD, they must use the email. Removing users from the organization removes both their access and their license. However, any artifacts that were assigned to them remain unchanged. You can always invite users back into the organization if they exist in the Azure AD tenant. After they're removed from Azure AD, you can't assign any artifacts (work items, pull requests, and so forth) to them. We preserve the history of artifacts that have already been assigned to the users.

  • Organizations with Microsoft accounts: You can send a link to the project page, which the email contains, to the new team members. Removing users from the organization removes both their access and their licenses. You can no longer assign any artifacts (work items, pull requests, and so forth) to these users. However, any artifacts that were assigned to them remain unchanged.

Why can't I add any more members?

See Why can't I add any more members?.

Next steps