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How to block someone on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration and communication tool. What’s more, it’s mostly used in organizations or educational institutes. It is rarely if ever, used as a personal communication tool. 

Communication i.e., who can message or call who is controlled because the channels aren’t open unless a user allows someone to message them or invites them to join a team.

All that said, you may still find that a user becomes a problem to the point where you have to block communication from them in Microsoft Teams. 

Block someone on Microsoft Teams

Block someone on Microsoft Teams

The Block feature in Microsoft Teams is only available for personal users i.e., if your contact is not part of your organization, you can block them. 

If you need to block someone on Microsoft Teams from a company/work account, you should talk to your system admin and (and HR) to let them know why you need to block someone. Alternatively, you can leave a team.

Block someone on Microsoft Teams – Desktop/web

To block someone on Microsoft Teams from the desktop app or from the web interface, follow these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Go to the Chat tab.
  3. Click the more options button (three dots) and select Block contact from the menu.

Note: if the block option is missing, you share a team with the contact and cannot block them.

Block someone on Microsoft Teams – iOS/Android

On iOS or Android, you can block a contact on Microsoft Teams by following these steps.

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your phone.
  2. Go to the Chats tab.
  3. Select the conversation thread for the contact you want to block.
  4. Tap the contact’s name at the top to go to the contact’s details page.
  5. Tap the Block contact option.

Note: contacts that are in the same team(s) as you cannot be blocked. 

Muting a contact

Blocking a contact is limited in Microsoft Teams however, you can mute a contact and you will no longer get alerts when they send you a message.

To mute a contact on the desktop or web;

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app.
  2. Go to the Chats tab.
  3. Click the more options button (three dots button) next to a contact’s name.
  4. Select Mute from the menu.

To mute a contact on your iPhone or Android phone;

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app.
  2. Go to the Chats tab.
  3. Tap the conversation thread for the contact you want to mute.
  4. Tap the contact’s name at the top of the thread to go to the contact’s details page.
  5. Turn the Mute switch on.

Conclusion

Communication apps that are used for work generally do not have a block feature. Casual conversation apps like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger ar ofen used for work but they do not have enterprise models which is why they will allow you to block anyone you want. Microsoft Teams is an entirely different type of app that builds teams from Microsoft 365 groups and the active directory which is why this feature is only available in a select scenario. 

 

 

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