Purchase third-party apps for Teams

Teams apps are free to install and some may require purchasing service subscriptions to experience the app's full functionality and scope. These service subscriptions are called Software as a Service (SaaS) offers, which are available for purchase through AppSource and now through the Microsoft Teams admin center.

The Manage apps page in the Microsoft Teams admin center is where you view and manage all Teams apps for your organization. For example, you can see the org-level status and properties of apps, upload new custom apps to your organization's app store, block or allow apps at the org level, and manage org-wide app settings.

Here, you can also purchase licenses for services offered by third-party apps for users in your organization. The Licenses column in the table indicates whether an app offers a SaaS subscription for purchase.

Screenshot of purchase licenses manage apps page.

Purchase apps in the Teams admin center

Important

If you want to block your users from purchasing an app through the Teams app store, you have to block the app. For more information on how to block an app, see Manage app policies or learn how to block an app at the org-level.

  1. In the left navigation of the Microsoft Teams admin center, go to Teams apps > Manage apps. You must be a Global admin or Teams service admin to access the page.
  2. Search for the app that you want. To identify apps that have a paid SaaS subscription, look in the Licenses column. Each app will have one of the following values:
    • Purchase: The app offers a SaaS subscription and is available to purchase.
    • Purchased: The app offers a SaaS subscription and you've purchased licenses for it.
    • - -: The app doesn't offer a SaaS subscription.
  3. When you find the app, click Purchase to go to the Plans and pricing tab of the app details page. Review the plans and pricing information for the SaaS offer for the app. If you need more information, select Learn more to go to the app's page on AppSource.

Note

Private plans may also be listed for purchase, which include special pricing that your organization has previously negotiated with an ISV. These plans will have the label Private plan under the plan name.

  1. To subscribe to an app, choose the plan you want, and select Purchase. The checkout flow will open directly in the Teams admin center.
  2. Select the number of user licenses you want to buy.
  3. Check that the billing account and sold-to address is correct. If you don't already have one, add a new one by selecting Add. For more information on billing accounts, see Understand billing accounts.

Note

You have to be a Global admin to add a new billing account.

  1. Check that the correct billing profile is selected. If you don't already have one, add a new one by selecting Add new. You have the option to pay with a credit card, debit card, or with invoice billing. The billing profile also lets you add a purchase order number to identify your order later. For more information on billing profiles, see Understand billing profiles.
  2. Select Place order.
  3. Select Set up to activate your subscription on the publisher's website. If you don't set up your subscription after your purchase, you can do it later by selecting Manage licenses.

After you've purchased the SaaS offer associated with the Teams app, you can view the following purchase details on the Plans and pricing tab of the app details page.

  • License activation date: Date on which your license was activated. If your account isn't yet set up, this shows as Subscription pending activation.
  • Licenses: Number of licenses you purchased.

Screenshot of Plans and pricing tab of app details page.

Select Manage licenses to go to the Microsoft 365 admin center to view and manage the licenses you purchased.

Global admins can add more licenses, remove licenses, and cancel subscriptions for purchases made by anyone in the organization. Teams service admins can perform the same actions for purchases made by themselves. However, if a Teams service admin also has the Billing admin role, they can manage purchases made by anyone in the organization.

Note

If a Global admin wants to manage a subscription purchased by another global admin, they need to be in the same billing account. You can give another Global admin access to a subscription you purchased by selecting the app in the Microsoft 365 admin center. From there, go to View billing profile > Select billing account > Assign roles > Add other Global admins.

Invoice billing

  • Invoice billing is available as a payment option for some transactions.
  • A credit review is required the first time you use invoice billing, which can take up to 24 to 48 hours for approval. Invoice billing won't be available until the credit check is complete. You can place your order with a credit card or try again later after your credit review is approved.
  • Invoice billing is only available for Global admins or an admin with both Teams service admin and Billing admin permissions.
  • Invoice billing isn't available when purchasing a plan with a 30-day free trial.

Have a SaaS offer for a Teams app that you want to list and sell in the Microsoft Teams admin center and AppSource?

Developers can create SaaS offers associated with their Teams apps. These offers are published through Partner Center and are available for organizations to purchase through AppSource and the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Third-party app developers can go to Create a SaaS offer for more information.