How to use Microsoft Teams on a Chromebook
Wondering how to use Microsoft Teams on a Chromebook? Well, the task is actually quite simple. You can do this in two ways, either with the web version or with the Android app. In this guide, we’ll tell you how you can get started.
To get the best experience with Microsoft Teams on a Chromebook, we suggest using the web app. The web app works much like the desktop version of Microsoft Teams on a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux system. The user interface isn’t much different, and you won’t have to worry about the mobile version (as we’ll see in the next section). Here’s how to properly configure the web version of Teams on Chrome OS.
- First, visit teams.microsoft.com in your Chrome web browser and sign in with the account you want to use
- Make sure to accept the prompt at the bottom right of your screen asking for notifications. Click it Light up button
- Still in Teams in your web browser, visit the Chrome settings menu by clicking on the three dots at the top right of your screen
- To choose More tools
- To choose To create a shortcut
- In the prompt that appears, name your shortcut. Make sure the Open as window is checked, then click the To create button
- The Teams web app will show up as a shortcut in your Chrome OS launcher. When you search Teams it should now appear
After following these steps above, you can pin Teams to the Chrome OS shelf. To do this, find the app in your Chrome OS launcher or search for it. Then right click and choose pin to shelf. You will now have quick access to Teams.
If you have a newer Chromebook that supports the Google Play Store, you can also try using the Android version of Microsoft Teams. Keep in mind that this is a mobile optimized app so the UI may take some getting used to, especially if you are more familiar with the desktop version of Teams. Chrome OS, however, will let you resize the app however you like, so you can make it bigger or smaller. If you accept that fate, then here’s how to set up the Android version of Teams on a Chromebook.
- Visit the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. Usually it will be pinned to the shelf, or you can search for it
- In the Google Play search box, search for Microsoft Teams
- Click it To install button and wait for it to install
- Once installed, log in with your account
Again, this version of Teams is optimized for phones and tablets, not Chromebook systems. However, if you want, you can change the size of the Teams window by dragging it sideways, just like you would with a normal app. This makes it look bigger or smaller and gives you more space to see your messages. You can also snap the app to one side of the screen and keep it in a more compact view while you work, if you want. And, if your device has both a front and rear webcam, you can switch between the two during your call.
Do not use the Linux version
If you’re a more advanced Chromebook user, you might remember that Teams recently launched on Linux. Unfortunately, unlike Microsoft Edge, the Linux version of the app doesn’t seem to work on Chromebooks at this time. We suggest sticking with either the Android or web version of Teams, but keep in mind that if you have both installed, you might get double notifications from both apps. So choose one or the other.