Add custom tiles to the app launcher

In Office 365, you can quickly and easily get to your email, calendars, documents, and apps using the Office 365 app launcher (learn more). These are apps you get with Office 365 as well as custom apps that you add from the SharePoint Store or Azure AD.

You can add your own custom tiles to the app launcher that point to SharePoint sites, external sites, legacy apps, and more. The custom tile appears under the app launcher's All apps, but you can pin it to the Home apps and instruct your users to do the same. This makes it easy to find the relevant sites, apps, and resources to do your job. In the below example, a custom tile called "Contoso Portal" is used to access an organization's SharePoint intranet site.

Office 365 app launcher

Add a custom tile to the app launcher

  1. In the admin center, go to the Settings > Organization profile page.

  2. On the Organization profile page, next to Add custom tiles for your organization, select Edit.

    NOTE: If you don't see the custom tiles option, verify that you have an Exchange Online mailbox assigned to you and you've successfully signed into your mailbox. Both are required for this feature.

  3. Select Add a custom tile.

  4. Enter a Tile name for the new tile. The name will appear in the tile.

  5. Enter a URL for the tile. This is the location where you want your users to go when they select the tile on the app launcher. Use HTTPS in the URL.
    TIP: If you're creating a tile for a SharePoint site, navigate to that site, copy the URL, and paste it here. The URL of your default team site looks like this: https://<company_name>.sharepoint.com

  6. Enter a Description for the tile. You see this when you select the tile on the My apps page and select App details.

  7. Enter an Image URL for the tile. The image appears on the My apps page and app launcher.
    TIP: The image should be 60x60 pixels and be available to everyone in your organization without requiring authentication.

  8. Select Save to create the custom tile.

Your custom tile now appears in the app launcher on the All tab for you and your users.

Promote the tile to App Launcher

  1. Select the app launcher icon and select the All apps.

  2. Locate the new tile for your app, select the ellipsis, and choose Pin to launcher.

    Note

    If you don't see the custom tile created in the previous steps, make sure you have an Exchange Online mailbox assigned to you and you've signed into your mailbox at least once. These steps are required for custom tiles in Office 365.

Important

Both you and your users need to perform these steps to promote custom tiles from the My apps page to the app launcher.

Edit or delete a custom tile

  1. In the admin center, go to the Settings > Organization profile page.

  2. On the Organization profile page, next to Add custom tiles for your organization, select Edit.

  3. Update the Tile name, URL, Description, or Image URL for the custom tile (see Add a custom tile to the app launcher).

  4. Select Update > Close.

To delete a custom tile, from the Custom tiles window, select the tile, select Remove tile > Delete.

What's next?

In addition to adding tiles to the app launcher, you can add app launcher tiles to the Office 365 navigation bar (learn more). To customize the look and feel of Office 365 to match your organization's brand, see Customize the Office 365 theme.