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Change User Status Guest to Member in Microsoft Teams

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Written by Hassan Abbas

We all know that a sudden increase in remote working environments because of COVID-19’s impact. Microsoft Teams has quickly gained a large user base in the last few weeks. The service offers seamless Office compatibility, direct messaging, audio or video calling, screen-sharing, and integration options. In this article, we will talk about how to Change User Status Guest to Member in Microsoft Teams. Let’s begin!

For organizations with multiple team members. The service also offers the creation of many teams for every department in the company and members inside each team. However, there could arise a situation where you might have to collaborate with people outside your organization.

You can do so via guest access in Microsoft Teams. Guest access allows the user to join group chats, share files, and attain the team’s resources. Also, without giving them all the permissions that the organization’s members will get.

User Status Guest access in Microsoft Teams?

Team members in Microsoft Teams have user-access to all domains inside an organization. Members can also set up meetings, contact you and other members and send quick messages.

Guess access is when an external user needs to join in on your team’s conversations. If you (as a team owner) grants someone guest access. They will be able to share files. Join the group chats with other team members, and also access your team’s resources.

Why use guest access

With guest access, companies using Teams can provide access to their teams, documents in channels, resources, chats, and also applications to their partners. However, still having complete control over their corporate data. Use Guest access for users for the following reasons:

  • Restrict OneDrive for Business access
  • Limit users outside your org from also searching the users
  • Disable access to Scheduled Meetings, Meeting Details, and calendar
  • Also, remove the ability to revise teams
  • Restrict browsing of other teams in the organization

Difference between Guest user access and Member user access

Feature External access users Guest access users
User can chat with someone in another company Yes Yes
User can call someone in another company Yes Yes
User can see if someone from another company is available for call or chat Yes Yes
User can also search for users across external tenants Yes No
User can share files No Yes
User can also access Teams resources No Yes
User can be added to a group chat No Yes
User can be invited to a meeting Yes Yes
Additional users can be added to a chat with an external user No N/A
User is identified as an external party Yes Yes
Presence is displayed Yes Yes
Out of office message is shown No Yes
Individual user can be blocked No Yes
@mentions are supported Yes Yes
Make private calls Yes Yes
Allow IP video Yes Yes
Screen sharing mode Yes Yes
Allow meeting now No Yes
Edit sent messages Yes Yes
Delete sent messages Yes Yes
Using Giphy in conversation Yes Yes
Using memes in conversation Yes Yes
Using stickers in conversation Yes Yes

Change user status from ‘Guest’ to ‘Member’ and vice versa in Microsoft Teams

You cannot directly change a user’s status inside Microsoft Teams from ‘Guest’ to ‘Member’. However, you can first remove a guest user and then add them back to your team as a team member. You can do so by following the instructions below.

  • Open Microsoft Teams on your PC (or browser).
  • Then click the profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  • You will now be greeted with options to manage your organization. Select ‘Manage org’ from the list (as shown in the screenshot above).
  •  Inside this page, head over to the Members tab. You will then see a list of all the members of your organization.
  • From your Members list, click the ‘x’ icon right to the name of the person you’d like to remove. This could also be a user with guest access or member access.
  • Sign out of Microsoft Team and sign back into the service to complete the removal of guest members.
  • Then head over to the team name, click the 3-dot button and select the ‘Add member’ option.
  • Start typing a name, distribution list, security group, Office 365 group, or email address of the individual you want to add as a member. Guests can also be only added to a team using their email addresses.
  • Choose whether you want to add the selected user as a ‘Member’ or ‘Guest’ and then click Add.


Alright, That was all Folks! I hope you guys like this User Status Guest article and also find it helpful to you. Give us your feedback on it. Also if you guys have further queries related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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