Using Teams Offline
MULTIPLE USERS reporting offline needs:
Generally want to use Teams offline:
If I am offline it would be great to browse through Teams and Channels in case I have to lookup some informations.
Also viewing the latest notes in "Notes" on teams would be great.
It would be enough to have "Read only" - for the moment my Teams app does not even open when I am offline
Compared on my mobile - I can read all posts while I am offline.
Edit while offline:
just been using teams wiki to take and share notes in a meeting. when the connection dropped we were all kicked out of the teams application and weren't able to read what had been put. when the connection came back up, half of the notes were missing. There needs to be better handling of offline mode and a way to carry on working and sync changes when the connection comes back or at very least a way to read offline
Sending messages to offline contacts:
I had thought this was already the case, but it would be nice if we could send private messages to Teams contacts who are offline, and have that message pop up for them whenever they next log in.
There are instances when I have a thought I would like to share with a co-worker and it would be helpful if I could send them a private chat message that they will later receive, regardless of whether they are currently online or not.
Access files offline:
I need to do this on our construction sites.
Thank you for our continued feedback. You can now use Teams in Offline mode, which means users can browse their recent chats and channels as well as those they have pinned. Users can also compose messages for sending later as well.
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Bob Smith commented
Teams is an otherwise excellent platform, but offline capability is a big gap for me.
I don't spend a lot of time working online as the majority of my time in working hours is meeting people. My personal work is done while travelling - on trains (where wifi is not reliable enough to be useful) and on planes (where Internet access is poor / non-existent / expensive). It is actually useful to be offline in these circumstances as it removes distractions.
I suspect I am not alone in this way of working, and since the people who work like this are likely to be making the decisions about when to roll out Teams, I think MS could at least give us regular updates on progress?
We would like to introduce Teams but as we work across several countries with restricted internet access I have put a stop to the introduction.
Unbelievable that this there is not offline capability. How should I work while travelling? How can I expect employees with bad internet connections to be productive?
I can't believe Microsoft would release MS Teams SharePoint integration without offering Offline access to Files. Our field crews often don't have network access but need to acces the job details. The whole idea of using Teams was to have all the work details, shifts, documents, chats etc all in one place. We are now back to square one with this; having to use OneDrive as well as Teams.
Is there an update on this? If Microsoft wants to add more value to o365/Teams and help move people from Slack, Teams needs this feature
Any status update on this? Really need this feature asap.
Also, wondering if this is a Mac-only problem. Are Windows users able to view Teams messages offline?
After a successful rollout of Teams to our company (200+ users), the lack of offline capabilities has hampered our productivity so much that our CEO is now pressing me (CIO) to move off Teams. This needs to be improved quickly.
Stopped all further roll out due to missing offline capability . Seems nothing is happening ?? Any timeline available ? Otherwise have to switch to alternatives.
Karl Jansson commented
Would be very valuable to reach files, wikis and conversations offline.
Offline availability of files is an important feature and without it Teams is compromised.
This is critical for my team's use case - working across time zones and countries, often with poor / intermittent connections. Extremely frustrating not to be able to view past messages and use the program when not connected to the internet -- will push us towards other platforms.
would be good to go through planner and tasks as well
Come on, of course we need to access chats when we are offline. To use the valuable information which is stored there. To respond to points raised when we have a chance to catch up, which is quite likely to be when we are in transit and off-net.
You must have a pretty distorted view of the real world that most of us live and work in to assume your users are always online. I'm working in London England with corporate clients, so I should be in a relatively good position.
Eliot Quon commented
Teams needs to be usable while offline. For example, a team member sends me a message, image, or code snippet that I've downloaded and viewed. While I am in transit or unplugged (to focus) and have no WiFi, Teams cannot be started and these data are not available to me. This is a severe design flaw.
Tom Bozzo commented
Change your settings for notification. There is by default one hour for sending notifications. You can change it and set it for ASAP.
Duplicate of https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17229581-using-teams-offline < vote on this one
Richard Lowe commented
This would be extremely useful when on construction sites and no access to the site Wi-Fi network.
Slack has this.
Please fix it. Inability to work offline is unacceptable.
It can't be a minority that wants this feature....
Connectivity is not always possible on trains
I'd like a working offline feature too otherwise yes..don't bother uploading anything to it...
Ability to access offline files with Teams
Many users in my environment, request access to files via teams without knowing an alternative method like saving in onedrive, One Note or PP etc.
If a file was available for offline viewing within teams, illiterate and non-tech savvy users will not be inconvenienced by the extra steps needed to open a file offline from a mobile device other than a laptop when instructed to do so.