Know about policies to manage access to and use of Teams apps
Microsoft Teams uses app policies to govern access to and use of all apps and upload of custom apps. App policies help Teams and Global administrators control the following app behavior:
Configure the access of apps for each individual user or for a group of users. You control the apps that are permitted for each user.
Pin the allowed apps for the desired users. Also, admins can install apps for users without user intervention. It helps users easily get started with the relevant apps.
Allow or disallow upload and use of custom apps for a few or all the users.
App permission policies
With app permission policies, Teams admin control what apps are available to each user in their organization. You can allow a few apps for all users, you can allow a few apps for a specific group of users, or you can allow specific apps for specific users. App permission policies work in tandem with org-wide settings and allow or block status of each individual app.
The app permission policies apply to all the types of apps available in Teams. Some example scenarios in which you use app permission policies are:
- Gradually roll out an app to some users initially and to all users eventually.
- Allow a custom app for recruiting and talent management for only members of your HR department and block it for all other organization users.
To learn more, see how to manage app permission policies.
App setup policies
App setup policies let you configure how and where are apps available for users in their Teams client. You choose the apps that you want to pin to the app bar in the Teams clients and define the order in which apps are displayed.
Pinning or installing apps helps drive awareness and adoption of the desired apps in your organization. The changes apply to web, desktop, and mobile Teams clients.
Some example scenarios in which you use app setup policies are:
- Pin a custom recruiting and talent management app for members of your HR team.
- Change the order of the Core apps using pinning for your organization's users.
To know more, see how to manage app setup policies.
Option to upload custom apps
Your organization may commission the creation of custom apps for org-specific requirements. Developers within your organization can build, test, and deploy custom apps for organization's internal users of Teams. You use app setup policy to control who in your organization can upload custom apps. You use org-wide settings to allow users to use custom apps. You use permission policies to allow only specific users to use a custom app.
To know more, see how to manage custom apps.