A communication tool that integrates different team structures with direct messaging, calls, and file sharing.
Microsoft Teams gives makes collaboration within any team at BYU easy with video and audio conferencing, group chat collaboration, and screen and file sharing. Teams is available to all BYU students, faculty, and staff.
Start important conversations in direct messaging or within your team.
Make video calls or phone calls with impressive quality. Teams provides features such as screen share, breakout rooms, and meeting recording.
Work with anyone at BYU and include guests from other universities and projects in your teams.
Connect apps to your team channel. Click the "More" button below to see a list of approved apps and integrations.
Engage students and team members as if they were in the room with you. Teams allows up to 1,000 interactive video participants and up to 20,000 view-only attendees.
Share files and work together with your team in channels or direct messages.
Watch this video demo to learn the basics of Microsoft Teams.
What kind of team can I create?
Teachers and students collaborating on group projects, class notebooks, assignments, and more.
Professional Learning Community
Educators collaborating within a professional learning community with access to a shared OneNote notebook and more.
Staff leaders and staff members collaborating on school administration and development with a staff notebook.
Students and school employees collaborating in interest groups and clubs with access to a shared OneNote notebook.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Toggle ItemHow do I access Teams?You can access Teams online with a modern web browser or by downloading the application onto your device.
Toggle ItemHow many teams can I have?A single user can create up to 250 teams, but can be a member of up to 1,000 teams.
Toggle ItemHow many channels can I have in a team?A team can have 200 channels and 30 private channels (includes deleted channels).
Toggle ItemWhat's the difference between a channel and a team?Teams are a collection of people, content, and tools within an organization. Teams can be dynamic for project-based work (for example, launching a product) as well as ongoing, to reflect the internal structure of your organization (for example, departments). All conversations and files across team channels are only visible to members of the teams.
Channels are dedicated sections within a team to keep conversations organized by specific topics, projects, and disciplines. Channels can be open to all team members or, if you need a more select audience, they can be private.
Read more about teams and channels here.
Toggle ItemHow do I add users to a team?Go to the team name in the teams list and click “More options”, “Add member”. Start typing their name and then select their name.
You can make someone a team owner by selecting the down arrow next to the word “Member”. People you add to the team will receive an email letting them know they are now a member.
Click here to find a video about creating a team and adding members.
Toggle ItemHow do I add users to a channel?When a user is added to a team, they automatically have access to all team channels (except for private channels). If you’d like to add someone to a private channel, go to the channel name under the team and click “More Options”, “Add member”.
Toggle ItemHow do I add a non-BYU guest into my team?You can add guests from outside of the BYU organization to your team the same way you add a BYU user. Go to the team name in the teams list and click “More option”, “Add member”. Type their email address and an invitation to join the team will be sent.
Toggle ItemWhen should I use a private channel?Private channels are focused spaces for collaboration within your team. Only users on the team who are owners or members of the private channel can access the channel.
Toggle ItemWhat is a channels meeting?Channel meetings will show in the channel they were scheduled with and anyone in the team can join that meeting. The functionality of a channel meeting is similar to a standard Teams meeting. However, only members of the Team can use or view the chat and meeting recording. Channel meetings can only be scheduled in Teams itself.
Toggle ItemHow does Teams work with the rest of Microsoft Office?Your Teams and Outlook calendars and contacts overlap. You can schedule meetings from Outlook and they will appear in Team and vice versa.
You can access, share, and edit your OneDrive files within Teams and channels.
Toggle ItemHow do I schedule a meeting from the Teams application?You can create a meeting in Teams from a Team or from the calendar view.
Within a channel, click the down arrow next to “Meet” and then “Schedule a meeting”. Then add a title, required attendees, time, location, and a description if you would like. The scheduling assistant will help you find a time that will work for everyone.
In the calendar view, click “New meeting” and follow the same steps for adding details.
Toggle ItemHow do I schedule a meeting from Outlook?You can create a meeting from Outlook by clicking “New meeting”. Within the window, select “Teams meeting” to ensure it shows up in Teams. Not all of the edit options that are available in Teams will show up in the Outlook scheduler.
Toggle ItemAre my files and conversations in Microsoft Teams Secure?Yes, Teams is an approved BYU campus communication tool that is FERPA compliant. Microsoft Teams delivers advanced security and compliance capabilities that encrypts data in transit and at rest.
Read more about Microsoft's security and compliance in their documentation found here.
Toggle ItemHow do I install Microsoft Teams on my Linux machine?The following links provide information on how to download and install Teams on a Linux machine:
How to Install Microsoft Teams on Linux from the Official MS Repository
Install Microsoft Teams - Preview on Linux | Snap Store
Creating a Meeting
Toggle ItemHow do I schedule an online class or meeting?Your calendar in Teams is connected to your Exchange calendar. In other words, when you schedule a meeting in Outlook, it'll show up in Teams, and vice versa.
Visit here for Microsoft’s detailed instructions on how to schedule a meeting in Teams. Click here to find a video about scheduling a meeting and inviting attendees.
Toggle ItemHow do I start an unscheduled meeting or class?1.Select Meet Now video icon in a conversation.
2.In the video preview enter a name for the meeting and select Meet now.
Click here to find a video about starting a meeting on-demand.
Toggle ItemHow do I invite someone to a meeting once it has started?When you are in a meeting, select the Show participants icon in your meeting controls to see the people who were invited to the meeting but have not yet joined.
To ask someone who wasinvited to join the meeting, select their name> More options icon > Ask to join icon.
You can also type a person's name or phone number in the search box to add someone who was not previously invited.
Toggle ItemHow do I share my screen in a Teams meeting?To share your screen in a meeting, select the Share icon in your meeting controls. Then, choose to present your entire desktop, a window, a PowerPoint file, or a whiteboard.
Visit here for Microsoft’s detailed instructions on how to share content in a Team’s meeting. Click here to find a video on how to share your screen.
Toggle ItemHow do I use a whiteboard in a Teams meeting?1. After joining a Teams meeting, click the Share icon in the share tray of that meeting.
2. In the Whiteboard sections, select Microsoft Whiteboard.
Visit here for Microsoft's detailed instructions on using the Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams meetings.
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Joining a Meeting
Toggle ItemHow do I join my class or meeting?
Toggle ItemHow do I configure my audio and video settings in Microsoft Teams?To change your speaker, microphone, or camera settings when you’re on a call or in a meeting, select the More options icon, then select the Show device settings in your meeting controls. Then, select the speaker, microphone, and camera options you want.
Click here to find a video about changing audio and video settings.
Toggle ItemDoes Teams support live captions during a meeting?Yes, Teams can detect what is said in a meeting and present real-time captions.
To use live captions in a meeting, select the More options icon and then select Turn on live captions (preview).
Visit here for Microsoft’s detailed instructions on how live captions. Click here to find a video about optional features during a meeting.
Toggle ItemHow do I share a file with someone?In a direct message or within a team, you can share files from your device, OneDrive, or Box using the attachment icon underneath the text editor box.
Click here to find a video about sharing files with others.
Toggle ItemHow do I access my team's documents?Within each team channel, you can navigate to the “Files” tab and access all the files that have been previously added. You can create or upload a new shared document on this tab.
Toggle ItemHow do I edit a document in Teams?You can view and edit any Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files directly within the Teams app by simply clicking on the file from a chat, channel, or Files tab, or you can download it to your device and edit in a separate application. Changes made in the separate application will be reflected for the whole team.
Click here to find a video about editing documents in Teams.