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From the left side of Teams, you can go to Apps and search different categories where you'll see an overview of everything available for you to add. You can also add apps directly from the context you're working in, whether you're in a chat, channel, or meeting. 

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

Add from Apps

  1. On the left side of Teams select Apps and search for your favorite app or browse the app categories to find new ones.

    Apps in Teams

  2. 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.

    App dialog without a subscription choice

  3. To add the app, select Add. This step is the same from every location where you can add an app, but sometimes the add button will have a dropdown with a few options you can choose from for where you can add the app.

    add an app in Teams dropdown

Note: Team owners can restrict who can add apps. Some apps can be installed only by a team owner, as they require additional permissions. For more details, see Turn off adding apps to Teams.

Add an app to a chat or channel tab

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

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

    Add a tab to a channel

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

Tip: For more details, see Use an app in a tab in a channel or chat.

Add an app to a meeting

Meeting organizers and presenters can add apps before or during meetings. 

To add an app before a meeting, first send the meeting invite then open the meeting. Select Add Add button  and choose an app.

Image shows where you can find apps to add in a meeting invite.

To add an app during a meeting, after the meeting starts select More actions More options button  > Add an app Add button.

Image shows how to add an app during a Teams meeting.

Tip: For more details, see Use apps in Teams meetings.

Add an app from the messaging area

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

Box where you type messages

You can also add apps with bot capability from the messaging area. Bots provide answers, updates, and assistance when you chat with them one-on-one or in channels. To add a bot, type @ in the box where you type a message then select Get bots

Get bots
 

Add app notifications to a channel

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

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