How to Use Multiple Accounts with Microsoft Teams
In an ideal world, you would have only one account for Microsoft Teams and use it for different organizations, teams or customers – whatever the need. But the real world does not work like that. A lot of us have to juggle between different accounts in Teams when working with different organizations and teams all at the same time. And it can become too much to handle because Microsoft Teams desktop app doesn’t yet support sign-in with multiple accounts. But there is no need to worry, there are plenty of easy workarounds you can follow.
🆕 Upcoming Feature: Multiple Account Support on Desktop App
First things first, the desktop app for Microsoft Teams may be the best way to use Teams, but right now it is sorely lacking the support for multiple accounts. But there is some good news. The feature is in works and hopefully will soon be available to the users. You can keep tabs on its development on the Microsoft forum. You can also upvote the feature on the forum to give weight to the communities request to the developers at Microsoft.
Meanwhile, manage your multiple Microsoft Teams accounts with efficiency using these other methods.
Use Multiple Browser Profiles
The best method for maintaining multiple Microsoft Teams accounts seamlessly is using the web app for Teams with multiple browser profiles. It’ll allow you to have separate login sessions within each profile.
You can log the main account or the account that you use the most into the desktop app and other accounts into separate browser profiles. Any browser that provides multiple profile support, like Chrome or the New Microsoft Edge can be used.
Using Teams on the web app can slightly diminish the experience, as the browsers don’t support all MS Teams features. But most of the features like Team conversations, Chats, Calls, and File Sharing are present, and most importantly, it is easier than logging in and out of the Desktop app to switch accounts. And browsers like Chrome and Edge support even video calls and meetings.
To create additional profiles on Chrome, click on the ‘Profile’ icon on the right side of the address bar of the browser, and then click on the ‘Add’ button in the menu.
A window will open to create a new profile. Select a name and icon for the profile, check the box for creating the desktop shortcut, and click on the ‘Add’ button.
This will create a separate browser profile. Now you can log in to 2 additional Microsoft Teams accounts on the two browser profiles – the existing and the new profile. You can create as many browser profiles as you want to use multiple Teams accounts.
To easily switch between browser profiles in Chrome and Edge, click on the ‘Profile’ icon at top-right corner of the browser’s window and select the profile you to open. The browser will always open the profile in a separate window.
💡 You can also install the Microsoft Teams web app as a desktop app from the browser to access it directly from the desktop. Install more than one desktop app from each browser profile to have all your MS Teams accounts accessible straight from the desktop.
Use Microsoft Teams Mobile App
The desktop app for Microsoft Teams may not have support for multiple accounts yet, but its mobile app for both iOS and Android supports signing in with multiple accounts.
In the mobile app for Teams, go to the hamburger menu (three stacked lines), and then tap on ‘Settings’.
Tap on ‘Add account’ on the Settings screen and sign in to your other account. Add as many accounts on mobile apps as you want and switch easily between them.
Use a Third-Party App
Users can also try the ‘Portals’ app to manage multiple Teams account. Portals is third-party software that lets users manage all their Outlook 365 accounts including ‘Microsoft Teams’ from within the app.
The app is available to download from Github and can make the management of different Teams accounts smooth.
Using multiple accounts in Microsoft Teams can be a headache as there is no support for it in the desktop app yet. But you need not struggle with it. Using browser profiles is the most effective method to use multiple accounts in Microsoft Teams until official support arrives in the desktop app.