Add an app to Microsoft Teams

There are four places you can go in Teams to add an app.

Not sure why you’d want to add an app in the first place? Get an overview by reading  Five things to know about apps in Teams .

1. Add apps from the left side of Teams

Go to Apps on the left of Teams, then search for your favorite app or browse the app categories to find new ones.

Browse Apps in MS Teams

Select the app you want and a description screen will open. Take a moment to browse the subsections (e.g., Tabs, Messages, Personal app.) This area explains the capabilities of the app—and where it will show up in Teams, ready for you to use or configure.

Example of app description

As far as adding the app goes, just hit the Add button! This step is the same from every location where you can add an app. 

Note: Team owners can restrict who can add apps. Some apps can be installed only by a team owner, as they require additional permissions.

2. Add apps to a tab in a channel or a chat

In tabs, you can add apps to share content and work collaboratively 

Go to the channel, group chat, or one-on-one conversation of your choosing, and click Add a tab  Add button .

Add a tab to a channel

From there, select the app you want. In some cases, you might go on to add a specific file to the tab.

3. Add app notifications to a channel

An app capability called a Connector inserts app notifications into a channel.

To set one up, go to the channel you want, select More options  More options button  > Connectors, and choose an app. 

Choose connectors from menu

You'll be given the option to Configure notifications for any app already added for your team or to Add a new app.

Add or configure a connector

4. Add apps from the messaging area

Some apps let you insert content from the app directly into Teams messages. To add one, select  More options button beneath the box where you type a message and choose an app.

Box where you type messages

Another way to add apps is to type @ in the box then click Get bots.

Get bots

Bots provide answers, updates, and assistance when you chat with them one-on-one or in channels.

At this time, adding apps can only be done from the web and desktop versions of Teams.

However, once you set up notifications or bots, they work just the same on your mobile device as on desktop. And, many of the apps you've added to tabs will appear at the top of a channel under More.

Tabs on mobile

App availability in mobile tabs varies by company that created the app.

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