Purchase third-party apps for Teams

Teams apps are free to install and some may require purchasing service subscriptions to experience the app's full functionality and scope. These service subscriptions are called Software as a Service (SaaS) offers, which are available for purchase through AppSource and now through the Microsoft Teams admin center.

The Manage apps page in the Microsoft Teams admin center is where you view and manage all Teams apps for your organization. For example, you can see the org-level status and properties of apps, upload new custom apps to your organization's app store, block or allow apps at the org level, and manage org-wide app settings.

Here, you can also purchase licenses for services offered by third-party apps for users in your organization. The Licenses column in the table indicates whether an app offers a SaaS subscription for purchase. End-users can purchase apps using a credit card, debit card, or with invoice billing.

Screenshot showing the purchase licenses manage apps page.

Purchase apps in the Teams admin center

To purchase apps in Teams admin center, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Teams admin center and access Teams apps > Manage apps. You must be a Global admin or Teams service admin to access the page.

  2. Search for the app that you want by its name. To identify apps that have a paid SaaS subscription, look in the Licenses column. Each app has one of the following values:

    • Purchase: The app offers a SaaS subscription and is available to purchase.
    • Purchased: The app offers a SaaS subscription and you've purchased licenses for it.
    • - -: The app doesn't offer a SaaS subscription.
  3. When you find the app, select Purchase to go to the Plans and subscriptions tab of the app details page. Review the plans and pricing information for the SaaS offer for the app. If you need more information, select Learn more to go to the app's page on AppSource.

    Note

    Private plans may also be listed for purchase, which include special pricing that your organization can separately negotiate with an app developer. Such plans have the label Private plan under the plan name.

  4. To subscribe to an app, choose the plan you want, and select Purchase. The checkout flow opens directly in the Teams admin center.

  5. Select the number of user licenses you want to buy.

  6. Verify that the billing account and the sold-to address are correct. If you don't already have one, select Add. For more information on billing accounts, see Understand billing accounts.

    Note

    Only a Global Admin can add a new billing account.

  7. Verify that the correct billing profile is selected. If you don't already have one, select Add new. You can pay with a credit card, debit card, or with invoice billing. The billing profile also lets you add a purchase order number to identify your order later. For more information on billing profiles, see Understand billing profiles.

  8. Select Place order.

  9. Select Set up to activate your subscription on the app developer's website. If you don't set up your subscription after your purchase, you can do it later by selecting Manage subscriptions.

After you've purchased the SaaS offer associated with the Teams app, you can view the following purchase details on the Plans and subscriptions tab of the app details page.

  • License activation date: Date on which your license was activated.

  • Licenses: Number of licenses you purchased.

    Screenshot of Plans and pricing tab on the app details page in Teams admin center.

Select Manage subscriptions to view and manage the licenses you purchased.

Global admins can view the subscriptions purchased by anyone in the organization, but they can only add more licenses, remove licenses, and cancel subscriptions for purchases made by anyone in their billing account. Teams service admins can perform the same actions for purchases made by themselves.

Note

If a Global Admin wants to manage a subscription purchased by another Global Admin, they need to be in the same billing account. You can give another Global Admin access to a subscription you purchased by selecting the app in the Microsoft 365 admin center. In admin center, access View billing profile > Select billing account > Assign roles > Add other Global admins.

Important

When you enable app purchasing, it also turns on in-app purchasing. Users may see in-app purchase offers which are controlled by the app developer for their app. To prevent users from purchasing an app, you have to block the app.

Invoice billing

  • Invoice billing is available as a payment option for some transactions.
  • A credit review is required the first time you use invoice billing, which can take up to 24 to 48 hours for approval. Invoice billing won't be available until the credit check is complete. You can place your order with a credit card or try again later after your credit review is approved.
  • Invoice billing is only available for Global admins or an admin with both Teams service admin and Billing admin permissions.
  • Invoice billing isn't available when purchasing a plan with a 30-day free trial.

Manage subscriptions in Teams admin center

In Teams admins center, you can manage the app subscriptions and licenses you purchased. You can view the list of app subscriptions and their details and perform the following actions:

  • Change a plan

  • Buy or remove license

  • Update a payment method

  • Cancel a subscription

  • View your invoice

    Screenshot of subscription details of an app.

To manage subscriptions, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Teams admin center and access Teams apps > Manage apps .

  2. Select the Subscriptions tab to view the subscriptions you purchased.

    Screenshot of subscription option for an app in the manage apps page.

Note

In Teams admin center, you can manage the app subscriptions purchased by you or other admins who are part of the same billing account. To view all the app subscriptions purchased for the same tenant by other admins or purchased using different billing accounts, visit the Microsoft 365 admin center.

List and sell a SaaS offer for a Teams app

Developers can create SaaS offers associated with their Teams apps. These offers are published through Partner Center and are available for organizations to purchase through AppSource and the Microsoft Teams admin center.

For more information for third-party app developers, see Create a SaaS offer.