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How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams



Microsoft Teams is an excellent platform for facilitating, hosting, and organizing visual meetings. However, as with any program, there are some bugs that may crop up. One of these is the idle time status. The idle feature allows the user to put the application to a sleep state when not in use.

If you use Teams on your smartphone, the Teams app will change to idle mode whenever your phone goes into sleep mode. By interacting with the Teams app, you can reset the idle status to active. Sometimes your Teams status would change to idle when you don’t want it to. In this case, it’s nice to know how to change your idle time status.

How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams

How to change idle time in Microsoft Teams

  1. Open Microsoft Teams

    How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams

    First, you’ll need to open the app. The app is available on computers and mobile devices. You can just look for the app in the app or program menu on the device you’re using.

  2. Click on Your Profile

    How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams

    Once the Microsoft Teams app has opened on your computer, click on your profile found in the top right of the screen.

    Your profile can be accessed on your mobile device by tapping on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) found at the top-left corner of your screen.

  3. Select Your Status

    Once in your Microsoft Teams profile, select your current status.

    Available: You’re online and ready to receive and respond to messages and requests.

    – Busy: You’re online but busy with something such as a call or meeting. You’ll still be able to receive messages and notifications. 

    – Do Not Disturb: You’re online but cannot be disturbed. This status will turn off all notifications to avoid any disruptions. 

    – Be Right Back: You’re away from your computer and will return shortly.

    – Away: You’re not available. This status will appear automatically on the mobile app if you close the app or move it to the background.

    – Offline: Appears when you log out or turn off your device.

  4. Click on Duration

    How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams

    Next to your status, click on the arrow below the ‘Clear Status Message After’ option to set the duration of your current status. A drop-down list will appear that lets you set your status for 30 minutes, a few hours, the whole day, or a custom time.

    Setting the duration can be very helpful in situations where you know how long you’ll need. For example, if you know you’ll be presenting a class for two hours, you can set the ‘Do Not Disturb’ status for those two hours and avoid any premature interruptions. You can also add a message that will appear to anyone trying to contact you when you aren’t available.

  5. Click on ‘Done’

    How Do You Change Idle Time in Microsoft Teams

    Once your status and duration have been set, click on ‘Done’ to save your settings.

No time for being idle

Now that you know how to change idle time in Microsoft Teams, you don’t need to rely on the default settings. You can still go about your business while making your contacts aware that you’re still available, even if you’re secretly watching the new season of The Witcher on Netflix.

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