Microsoft Teams is a popular communication tool for personal and professional use. Sometimes, you may find the need to block someone on Teams for privacy, security, or personal reasons. But what exactly happens when you block someone on Teams? Let’s find out.
Difference Between Microsoft Teams for Home and Work
Before we dive into the details of blocking someone on Teams, it’s important to understand the difference between Microsoft Teams for Home and Work. Microsoft offers two versions of Teams: Teams for Home and Teams for Work.
Teams for Home is designed for personal use and comes preinstalled with Windows 11. It allows you to connect with friends, family members, and have voice and video calls, similar to Skype. On the other hand, Teams for Work is meant for professional use and offers additional features like teams, channels, integrations with OneDrive and SharePoint, and the ability to set policies and rules. Blocking someone on Teams for Work is not possible as it requires an administrator to invite users to join the team.
For the purpose of this article, we will focus on Microsoft Teams for Home and explore what happens when you block someone on the Teams Home app.
Block Someone on Microsoft Teams for Home
To block someone on Teams for Home, follow these simple steps:
- Launch the Teams app and use the search bar to find the person you want to block.
- Click on the person’s name or profile picture to view more options.
- Click on the kebab (three-dot) menu icon and select “Block contact.”
- In the confirmation pop-up, click “Block” to confirm your decision.
Once you block someone on Teams for Home, you will no longer receive messages, calls, or notifications from them. They will also not be able to mention you in group chats or see your online status. However, they can still see your profile picture.
Unblock Someone on Microsoft Teams for Home
If you decide to unblock someone on Teams for Home, you can do so by following the same steps mentioned above. Additionally, you can go to Settings > People > Manage blocked users and unblock users quickly in bulk.
What Happens When You Block Contact on MS Teams for Home
When you block someone on Microsoft Teams for Home, a few things happen:
- You will not receive messages, calls, or notifications from the blocked person.
- They cannot mention you in group chats.
- They cannot see your online status.
- However, they can still see your profile picture.
If someone has blocked you on Teams, you will not receive any notifications about being blocked. You can still send messages to them, but they will not receive them. You can check if someone has blocked you by @mentioning them in a group chat or trying to add them to a group chat.
Microsoft Teams for Home is available on various platforms, including web, mobile, and desktop apps. You can block someone on all Microsoft Teams apps, and the options to block, mute, and hide are available on all platforms.
Muting someone on Teams allows them to send you messages and make calls, but you won’t receive notifications for them. Blocking, on the other hand, prevents their messages from reaching your inbox.
You can also edit or delete messages in Microsoft Teams, even after the recipient has read them. Simply hover over the message and click on the kebab menu to access the options.
In conclusion, blocking someone on Microsoft Teams for Home ensures that you no longer receive messages, calls, or notifications from them. It provides a way to maintain your privacy and control your communication within the app.