Do you have multiple MS Teams accounts? Either across multiple tenants or even just a single account connected to multiple organisations?
I have, and I’ve also been quite frustrated with the inability to stay signed in to each account and easily switch between them.
Turns out a lot of other people have been frustrated by this as well, as this is the number two item on UserVoice for MS Teams right now. So before you continue reading this workaround, head over and add your vote:
For background, Microsoft have made some improvements over the last couple of years, including the ability to switch between orgs using a drop-down list in the top-right of the app. However, this still means you can only have one open at a time, and it is very slow to switch between them, taking many 10s of seconds each time.
The Android and iOS MS Teams apps do have better multi-account support, but still suffer from some of the same problems such as slow switching between accounts. You can also use multiple browser profiles, but that has it’s own limitations.
Now on the Desktop there is a nicer solution thanks to Francois Hill‘s post over at UserVoice.
So how do I use multiple accounts?
I’ve extended on the above comment a little bit to make it easy to re-use. Simply take the following batch script and save it to a text file with the
.cmd extension. E.g. for a “Company” profile you would save it as
Company.cmd. Here’s how it works:
- A folder will be created in your user profile directory for each profile.
- The profile will be stored in your local AppData directory.
The name of the file will be used as the “profile” name. This will create a folder in your When you run the script, a new folder will automatically be created alongside the
Create as many of these as you like! Once created, simply double click each launch script and a new MS Teams window will open.
@ECHO OFF REM Uses the file name as the profile name SET MSTEAMS_PROFILE=%~n0 ECHO - Using profile "%MSTEAMS_PROFILE%" SET "OLD_USERPROFILE=%USERPROFILE%" SET "USERPROFILE=%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\CustomProfiles\%MSTEAMS_PROFILE%" REM Ensure there is a downloads folder to avoid error described at REM https://gist.github.com/DanielSmon/cc3fa072857f0272257a5fd451768c3a mkdir "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\CustomProfiles\%MSTEAMS_PROFILE%\Downloads" ECHO - Launching MS Teams with profile %MSTEAMS_PROFILE% cd "%OLD_USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams" "%OLD_USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams\Update.exe" --processStart "Teams.exe"
Update 17 May 2021: Added
mkdir command to workaround the following error:
Uncaught Exception: Error: Failed to get ‘downloads path at Object. Refer to the Gist for more details. Thanks xLAva for the tip!
Update 4 Apr 2020: Snippet and Gist updated to include extra quotes to support user name with spaces as per Gyarfas’s suggestion.
Also available in the following gist: https://gist.github.com/DanielSmon/cc3fa072857f0272257a5fd451768c3a