Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre

As we all know, Viva connection is a part of the Employee Experience Platform.

In this article, you can expect to quickly add your home site portal as Viva connection app right into your Microsoft Teams.

Before we move ahead, a quick note:

If you don’t have an existing home site in your tenant you can Create a SharePoint Home Site by navigating to SharePoint Admin Centre > Active sites > Select any site you want to convert it to Home Site, you will see an option in the command bar like Change Home Site as shown in Fig 1.1.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.1 – Change Home Site Setting

Click on the Change Home site, a panel will open where you will be asked to add your communication site URL which you want to convert to Home Site as shown in Fig 1.2.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.2 – Convert site to Home Site Panel

In few seconds your communication site will be converted to home site.

Make sure you have global left navigation enabled in your communication site.

Let’s move ahead, if you have the home site with global left navigation now, we are ready to use this in Viva connections.

Step 1

Go to Teams Admin centre.

Step 2

Navigate to Teams Apps > Manage Apps as shown in Fig 1.3.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.3 – Manage Apps

Step 3

By default, Microsoft has blocked the Viva connections app. So, in the manage apps, you will find a search box, search for viva connections, you will find Viva Connections app, with status as Blocked.

Select the app, click on Allow from the top command bar, the status will be changed to Allowed as shown in Fig 1.4.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.4 – Viva connection app changes status to Allowed as by default it is set to Blocked

Step 5

You can also customize your app by selecting the app and clicking on customize option from the top command bar as shown in Fig 1.5.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.5 – Customize Viva Connection app from Teams admin centre

Step 6

Now let’s navigate to Microsoft Teams.

Step 7

In add an app, search by App name (Viva connections), from Fig 1.6, I changed the app name to Intranet portal, hence in Fig 1.6 you will find the different App name.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.6 – Viva connections app in Microsoft Teams

Step 8

Voila, you will see, now, after connecting  your home intranet into your SharePoint. Your home site is up and running in your viva connections app and right from Microsoft Team, you can edit your SharePoint Home Site, and make the appropriate changes according to your organization. as shown in Fig 1.7.

Quickly Set Up Viva Connections App In Microsoft Teams Using Teams Admin Centre
Fig 1.7 – Viva connections app with your SharePoint home site.

I hope you all got a brief understanding on how you can quickly set up Viva connections app into your Microsoft Teams from Microsoft Teams Admin centre.

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