How to Set up Microsoft Teams for Mac

How to Set up Microsoft Teams for Mac

Do you have a macOS computer for work or school and need to install Microsoft Teams for Mac? There are times when your IT department may install the platform before handing the computer to you, but not always.

In this article, you’ll learn how to install Microsoft Teams for Mac. You’ll also learn how to login to your account and customize the Teams client to help you get started.

Table of Contents:

  1.         Prerequisites
  2.          Downloading the Microsoft Teams Installer
  3.          Running the Microsoft Teams Installer
  4.          Installing Teams for Mac
  5.         Starting and Signing-in Microsoft Teams for Mac

    Option 1: Starting Microsoft Teams from the Applications Folder
    Option 2: Starting Microsoft Teams from the Spotlight Search

    Signing-in with your Microsoft Teams Account

  6.         Configuring Microsoft Teams Settings


  • A computer that runs one of the three most recent versions of macOS. As of this writing, the latest macOS version is macOS Big Sur (11.2.1). If you need to find out which macOS version you have, read how to Find out which macOS your Mac is using.
  • A Microsoft Teams account which you will use to log in to the platform. If you’re using Teams for work or school, you probably already have an account provided by your IT department.
  • Your computer user account must be an administrator. Installing it requires you to have admin privileges on the computer. If you want to know whether you have an admin account, visit How To Check If You’re An Administrator.

Downloading the Microsoft Teams Installer:

When you’ve squared away the requirements, then you’re ready to proceed to install Microsoft Teams for Mac. In this section, you’ll learn how to download the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer from the official source and perform the installation.

For any software installation, the recommended place to get a copy of the installation files is from an official source (or sources). Although, for some organizations, the IT department may provide the installation files to their users.

In this example, you’ll download the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer package from Microsoft. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to begin.

1.      Using your web browser, navigate to the Microsoft Teams download page. This example uses Safari as the web browser.

2. Once on the Teams website, scroll down the page to see the only available download option appropriate for your computer’s operating system.

3. Click the Download Teams button to start the download. 

Downloading the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer.

4. Once the download finishes, the installation file, named Teams_osx.pkg, will be in your default download location

Waiting for the Teams installer download to finish.

Good job for finishing the first step! Now that you’ve downloaded the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer, you’re ready to go to the next step, which is to install Teams.

Running the Microsoft Teams Installer:

After downloading the Microsoft Teams installer, click the file from the Downloads list in Safari. Then, as you can see below, and the installation will begin.

Clicking on the Teams installer in the Safari downloads list.

If you downloaded the Teams installer but plan to install it later, you can locate the Teams installer in the default download location, which is the Downloads folder in Finder, as shown below.

Finding the Teams installer file and starting the installation.

Installing Teams for Mac:

Once you have located the downloaded Microsoft Teams folder, it’s time to begin the installation of Teams. To do so:

1.      Click the Teams_osx.pkg file in Safari, or double-click the file in Finder to begin the installation.

2. Once the installer starts, the first page you’ll see is the Introduction. The page only serves as a welcome page, and there’s no action required. Click on Continue to proceed. 

The Microsoft Teams installation welcome page.

3. On the Installation Type page, you’d have the option to change the install location. However, the installer already selects the default install location. Click on Install

Confirming the installation type

4. Next, you will be asked to authorize the Microsoft Teams installation. To allow the installation to continue, enter your username and password, then click on Install Software

Allowing the Microsoft Teams for Mac installation.

5. When the installer is finished, you will see a confirmation message in the Summary window. Click on the Close button to exit the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer. 

Closing the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer after completing the installation.

6. Lastly, the installer will ask you whether to keep the Microsoft Teams for Mac installer package or move it to the trash. If you do not need the installer anymore, go ahead and click Move to Trash.

package after the installation.

Starting and Signing-in Microsoft Teams for Mac

Now that you’ve installed Microsoft Teams for Mac, there are only a few more steps before you can start using it. In this section, you’ll learn how to launch Microsoft Teams and sign in to your Teams account for the first time.

Option 1: Starting Microsoft Teams from the Applications Folder

After installing apps in macOS, an icon for the app typically appears in the Applications folders. The same is true after installing Microsoft Teams. Follow the steps below to launch Microsoft Teams for Mac from the Applications folder.

  1. Click the Finder icon located on the dock.
  2. Once the Finder window is shown, click on the Applications folder in the left pane.
  3. Then, look for the Microsoft Teams icon on the right pane and double-click the icon to launch.
    Starting Microsoft Teams from the Applications Folder.

Option 2: Starting Microsoft Teams from the Spotlight Search
Another way of finding installed apps in macOS is through the Spotlight search. If you are a user who would rather type search terms instead of clicking-through windows and icons, then this option to launch Microsoft Teams may suit you best.

  1. On the desktop’s upper-right corner, click on the magnifying glass icon to bring up the Spotlight search window.
  2. Start typing “Microsoft Teams” in the Spotlight search box. You should immediately see the search results as you type. Look for Microsoft Teams in the search results and double-click on it to launch.

 Starting Microsoft Teams from the Spotlight Search.

For ease of future access, consider adding the Microsoft Teams app icon to the Dock.

Signing-in with your Microsoft Teams Account

Now that you’ve launched Microsoft Teams, the next step is to go through an initial setup that involves signing-in using your Microsoft Teams account.

If your organization has enabled multifactor authentication (MFA), your login experience will vary. With MFA, you may need to pass two or more authentication methods.

  1. Once you’ve launched Microsoft Teams, you’ll see the Welcome to Microsoft Teams! page first. Click on the Get started button to proceed. 

Welcome to Microsoft Teams page.

2. The next page will ask you to enter your email address. Enter your Office 365 email address in the Email address field and click on Next.

Signing-in with your email address.

3. A new window will show where you must enter your password. Enter your Microsoft Teams account password and click on Sign in

Signing-in with your password.

4. As shown in the screenshot below, wait for the sign-in process to complete, and you should see the Microsoft Teams window. 

The Microsoft Teams window.

Configuring Microsoft Teams Settings:

So you’ve logged in to Teams. Now what? If you’re new to Teams, you could investigate the settings you can tweak. Settings like the display theme, notifications, privacy, and more.

To open the Microsoft Teams settings, click on the menu button with your initials at the Microsoft Teams window’s upper-right corner.

Opening the Microsoft Teams Settings.

Changing Privacy Settings:

One of the first settings you may consider changing is how Microsoft Teams handles your privacy. To change privacy settings, go to the Privacy menu in the Settings window. Then, you’ll see a similar window as the screenshot below.

Microsoft Teams privacy settings.

Microsoft Teams for Mac has several settings to help with your privacy preferences. Suppose you want to hide your presence. Or perhaps you don’t want others to know you’ve read their message. Microsoft Teams has got you covered.

  • Do not disturb – This gives you the option to save a list of people who may still contact you even when your status is set to Do not disturb.
  • Blocked contacts – This setting allows you to manage the list of contacts that you previously blocked. Blocked contacts are unable to see your presence and call or mention you in a one-on-one chat.
  • Read receipts – Switch this setting on or off depending on whether you want people to know that you’ve read their message.
  • Surveys – When this setting is switched on, you may receive surveys from Microsoft Teams.

Setting Auto-Start, Theme, and Display:

The default Microsoft Teams appearance may not be to your liking. Or perhaps the transitions and animations are causing performance issues. Luckily there are several display customizations available to you in Microsoft Teams.

As shown before, navigate to the General settings section in the Settings window’s left-hand side. Listed below are several client settings available to customize.

Theme – Microsoft Teams comes with three themes; Default, Dark, and High contrast. Choose your preferred theme by clicking on the theme thumbnail. As you can see below, the active theme is Dark.

Choosing a theme.

Auto-start application – If this setting is on, Microsoft Teams will automatically start when you log in to your computer. The auto-start default setting is turned off. 

Changing auto-start behavior.

Turn off animations – Animations apply to window transitions, scrolling, menu pull-downs, GIFs, and so on. Sometimes animations such as these are unnecessary. If you want to disable animations, check the below setting. 

Turning off animations.

Turning off animations does not disable Microsoft Teams’ capacity to play GIFs. However, GIFs do not auto-play anymore when animations are off.

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