Teams Guest Access


I would like more information about inviting a guest in Teams


  • Teams


A guest is a user that doesn't have a Macomb Community College account. They can be added to a team with limited functionality through their external email address. This can only be done by Team Owners. There is a significant risk by inviting guest users and we want to make sure everyone is fully aware of this before doing so!


Understanding the limitations for guests

The guest experience has limitations by design. Ensure you understand the guest experience so you don't try to fix something that isn't a problem. For example, here's a list of some of the functionality that isn't available to a guest in Microsoft Teams:

  • OneDrive for Business
  • People search outside of Teams
  • Calendar, Scheduled Meetings, or Meeting Details
  • PSTN
  • Organization chart
  • Create or revise a team
  • Browse for a team
  • Upload files to a person-to-person chat

For more details, see What the guest experience is like and Guest access in Office 365 groups.


Q. Do guests have the same capabilities as team members?
A. No. For more information about what a guest can and cannot do, go to Guest capabilities in Teams.

Q. Do guests have access to OneDrive for Business?
A. No.

Q. Do guests have access to SharePoint files?
A. Yes.

Q. Can guests search within files?
A. No.

Q. Can guests attach files?
A. Yes, a guest can attach files in these two ways:

  • Select Files in the left pane, and then browse to the file location. 
  • Upload from their computer.

Q. Can a guest download a file in a private chat?
A. Yes, they can receive a file from a member in a private chat, and then download it to their desktop.

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