Attend a live event in Teams

As an attendee of a live event in Teams, you can watch live events and participate in the moderated Q&A. You cannot share audio or video.


Watch this short video for an overview of attending a live event in Teams.

Before watching a live event

If you are not sure what that means, just make sure you have an up to date browser (Chrome or Firefox usually work best).

If you want join using tablet or smartphone

If you want to use your tablet or a smartphone you may need to download the Teams app to join, because not all mobile browsers support Microsoft Teams.

It is best to be prepared, so make sure you download and install the app before the event (available for iOS and Android devices).

Join the live event

Open the live event link you have received from the event organiser to join the event.

If you open the event from Microsoft Teams App, you’ll join the event in Teams.

If you open the event from Outlook, you can join from the web or open the event in Teams.

If the live event hasn’t started, you’ll see the message “The live event has not yet started.”

For live events that are open to the public

If you’re already signed in to Teams, you’ll join as an authenticated user.

If you’re not signed into Teams, you’ll join anonymously on the web.

IMPORTANT: If you’re attending the live event on the web, use a browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Safari is not currently supported.

Watch the live event later

Once the live event is over, you can still watch the recording using the same link, provided the organizer has chosen to make the recording available.

Additional settings

Note: Live events don’t use your Microsoft Teams device preferences yet. Use your operating system sound setting to choose your speaker for the live event.

Note: If the live event begins in low resolution, you might need to manually reset it to a higher resolution.

Video quality settings in Microsoft Teams Live events
Video quality settings in Microsoft Teams Live events

Guidance adapted from Microsoft. Original article can be accessed here.

Last updated: 18/5/2020