The Microsoft Teams app universe is growing and growing. More and more apps become available for Microsoft Teams. As the time of writing this post there were 1700 apps available in the Manage App area in the Teams Admin Center.
Microsoft is also adding further apps to the Teams app store, e.g. the Admin app which I will show a little bit hereinafter. The app is primarily for Teams Admins and provides some capabilities. I would say it is some kind of quick access to accomplish some administrative tasks.
If all apps are allowed in your Microsoft 365 Teams Tenant you can just follow the next steps to test the app by yourself. If apps are blocked you need to configure your Teams app org-wide app settings, permission policies etc. to enable the app to be used for yourself/Teams Admins.
To start open your Microsoft Teams app.
Search for “admin” and click on the Admin app as depicted above.
Add the app after you have read the information etc. on the install page.
By using the app, of course, you must be a Teams Admin and if you are you can do the following (at the time of writing this):
- check/configure settings regarding Teams meetings, messages, webinars
- add and remove users
- reset user passwords
- add and remove teams
- manage team members
- assign and remove licenses for users
Please note that the availability of what you can do might differ depending on your backend configuration, e.g. are your users cloud-only vs. hybrid (AD/AAD) etc. Furthermore it depends on your administrative permissions / role.
On the Admin navigation you can open different sections for more options, e.g. the users space.
As you can see there are several option to manage users.
Conclusion, opinion and summary
The Admin app could be interesting in smaller environments and especially if your are cloud-only. There are some quick access options which are easily accessible without the need to open the big Teams Admin Center.
Depending on your security configuration it might be a bit unhandy. Let’s say you are using Privileged Identity Management (PIM) besides of security defaults like MFA and conditional access, it is required that you request the Teams Admin role etc. before you can access the Admin app. That’s where you need to open a browser anyway. Because using PIM might take some time till your requested role is approved and in the Teams app on Windows you might need to restart the app or log off and back in. That’s why it might be not that comfortable. Finally, the best way to check if the Admin app in Teams is suited for you is to evaluated it by yourself.