Turn on or off guest access to Microsoft Teams


The new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center is coming soon! Starting in March 2018, we're gradually migrating settings to it from both the current Skype for Business admin center and the Microsoft Teams experience in the Office 365 admin center. If a setting has been migrated, you'll see a notification and then be directed to the setting's location in the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center. For more information, see Manage Teams during the transition to the new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center.

As the Office 365 admin, you must enable the guest feature before you or your organization's users (specifically, team owners) can add guests.

The guest settings are set in Azure Active Directory. It takes 2 hours to 24 hours for the changes to be effective across your Office 365 organization. If a user sees the message "Contact your administrator" when they try to add a guest to their team, it's likely that either the guest feature hasn't been enabled or the settings haven’t become effective yet.


To enable the full experience of the guest access feature, it's important to understand the core authorization dependency between Microsoft Teams, Azure Active Directory, and Office 365. For more information, see Authorize guest access in Microsoft Teams.

  1. Sign in with your Office 365 global admin account at https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home.

  2. In the navigation menu, choose Settings and then select Services & add-ins.

    Sign in to Office 365, go to the Office 365 admin center, go to Settings, and then choose Services & add-ins.

  3. Select Microsoft Teams.

    Screenshot shows the option for the Microsoft Teams add-in, as selected in the Office 365 admin center.

  4. In Select the user/license type you want to configure, select Guest.

    Screenshot of the Microsoft Teams add-in shows the Guest license selected and the Microsoft Teams option set to On.

  5. Click or tap the toggle next to Turn Microsoft Teams on or off for all users of this type to On to turn on Teams and guest access for your organization, and then choose Save.

    Watch the following videos for more details about guest access:

Enabling Guest Access in Microsoft Teams
Adding Guests in Microsoft Teams