How to Enable Notifications in Microsoft Teams

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Using Microsoft Teams is a great way to contain conversations, share files and other resources for a group. Using Notifications from Teams will ensure you know when updates are happening. There are a few steps to take to get Notifications set up and customized for your Team(s).

First – Install the Teams app on your mobile device (if you want to) and/or desktop.

You can log in here without an app:

But having the application installed makes things a bit easier. If you are on campus and don’t have Microsoft Teams on your computer, email or call the HelpDesk and ask that it be installed.

At home, you can install it from the Team site linked above. Look in the lower left in the sidebar and you will see an icon labeled “Get App”. After you download the installer, follow the installation prompts as needed.

screenshot of Microsoft Teams sidebar with the Get App icon highlighted with a green box


Second (or first if you don’t want the application installed) – Follow the Channel to get notifications

Once you are in Teams (app or browser) look at the list of your teams in the left column. There will be three dots to the right of the name of any channel (often called General)

Click on those three dots and a dropdown menu of options will load. One of those options is “Follow this channel.” Select that option to follow the channel. Repeat with other channels for any Team you want.



screenshot of microsoft Teams showing the more dots highlighted with green rectangle and the Follow This Channel option highlighted with a green rectangle



Third – Set your preferences for notifications

You can have notifications sent as a banner on your device and/or email. And, different notifications can be sent with different options. Look in the upper right in Teams and you will see your photo (or initials if you have not set a profile image). Click on that to get to the Settings icon

Microsoft Teams personal profile menu with Settings option highlighted with green rectangle

Once in Settings, look for the Notification option in the left sidebar. On that screen, there are options for the types of notifications and how you wish to get them.

screenshot of notifications menu in Microsoft Teams


For more information from Microsoft Office Support:

Manage Notifications in Teams

Check a Channel for Notifications

Video Overview of Teams and Channels