How To Remove Microsoft Teams From All Users

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As a user of Microsoft Teams, I comprehend the irritation that may occur when attempting to uninstall the application from all users. Whether you are an administrator seeking to simplify your organization’s communication tools or an individual who prefers other platforms, this guide will guide you through the steps of removing Microsoft Teams from all users.

Step 1: Assess the Impact

Before proceeding with removing Microsoft Teams, it is essential to consider the potential impact on your organization or team. Evaluate whether there are any critical dependencies on Teams, such as customized workflows or integrations with other applications. Communicate with your team members or stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to alternative tools.

Step 2: Disable Microsoft Teams Licensing

The next step is to disable Microsoft Teams licensing for all users. This can be done through the Microsoft 365 admin center or PowerShell. If you are using the admin center, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center with your administrator account.
  2. Navigate to the “Users” tab and select “Active users.”
  3. Choose the users for whom you want to disable Teams licensing.
  4. Click on “Manage product licenses” and uncheck the box next to “Microsoft Teams” license.
  5. Save your changes to remove Teams licensing.

If you prefer using PowerShell, follow these steps:


Get-MsolAccountSku | Where-Object {$_.SkuPartNumber -eq "TEAMS1"} | ForEach-Object {Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $_.AccountSkuId.Split(":")[1] -RemoveLicenses $_.AccountSkuId}

Step 3: Remove Microsoft Teams App

Disabling licensing prevents users from accessing Microsoft Teams, but the application may still be installed on their devices. To remove the Teams app, you can use the Microsoft Store for Business, Group Policy, or a third-party software management tool.

Using Microsoft Store for Business

  1. Open the Microsoft Store for Business and sign in with your administrator account.
  2. Search for “Microsoft Teams” in the store.
  3. Select the Teams app and click on “Manage” to open the management options.
  4. Choose the appropriate removal option, such as “Uninstall” or “Hide.”
  5. Apply the changes, and Teams will be removed from the users’ devices.

Using Group Policy

If you are using Group Policy to manage your organization’s devices, you can follow these steps to uninstall Microsoft Teams:

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console and navigate to the desired Group Policy Object.
  2. Under “Computer Configuration,” go to “Policies” and select “Software Settings.”
  3. Right-click on “Software installation” and choose “New” > “Package.”
  4. Browse to the Teams MSI file and select it for deployment.
  5. Choose the “Assigned” deployment method and apply the Group Policy.
  6. After the Group Policy is applied, Microsoft Teams will be uninstalled from the devices.

Using Third-Party Software Management Tool

If your organization utilizes a third-party software management tool, check its documentation for guidance on uninstalling Microsoft Teams. These tools often provide centralized control over software installations and removals, allowing you to remove Teams efficiently.

Conclusion

Removing Microsoft Teams from all users requires careful planning and execution. By disabling licensing and removing the application from users’ devices, you can transition to alternative communication platforms seamlessly. Remember to communicate with your team members throughout the process and provide support during the transition. With these steps, you can remove Microsoft Teams and tailor your organization’s communication tools to your specific needs.