How to Set and View Status Messages in Teams

A New and Useful Teams Feature

One small but useful Teams feature is the ability for users to set their own status. This is different to setting a user’s presence status (Available, Busy, Do Not Disturb, etc.), which is intended to show if the user can join a meeting or chat. The free-form status is intended to give more personal or detailed information to co-workers, such as when you are traveling and won’t be able to respond to messages quickly.

User status messages support plain text and emojis and can be set using the desktop, browser, and mobile clients. On Windows, press the Windows key and period (.) to expose the set of available emojis. On Mac, use the Command-Control-Spacebar sequence. You can’t enter HTML-formatted text.

Setting a Teams Status Message

To set the status message, click on the avatar (picture) in the top right-hand corner of the Teams browser or desktop and select Set status message from the menu. On Teams mobile, click the waffle menu (top left-hand corner), and select the status message shown there.

If you have a status message already set, Teams will display it. To delete your status message, click the wastebasket icon (Teams can clear the message automatically for you after a set period). To create or edit the status message, click the pencil icon and enter the text that you’d like to display to co-workers (Figure 1). The status message can be up to 280 characters. Note the Show when people message me checkbox. When set, Teams shows your status message when people @mention you in chats and channel conversations. Your status message also appears when someone messages you in a personal chat.

Editing a status message for Teams
Figure 1: Editing a status message for Teams

As shown in Figure 1, you can choose how long you want Teams to display the status message. The options are:

  • Today (until midnight)
  • 1 hour
  • 4 hours
  • 8 hours
  • 12 hours
  • 2 days
  • 5 days
  • Always

When the period expires, Teams removes the status message from the account.

Viewing User Status Message in Teams

If a user sets the Show when people message me checkbox, Teams displays their status message above the compose message form.

Status message appears above the Teams compose message box
Figure 2: Status message appears above the Teams compose message box

You can also see a person’s status message in their people card. Click on their picture anywhere it appears in Teams to expose their people card (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Status message in a Teams people card

For example, Teams displays people cards for members of a team when you view the membership with the Manage team option. You can click on or hover over each member to see the current status message in their people card.

Interestingly, guest users can set a status. This probably means that the status is stored as a property of the user in the Teams directory rather than Azure Active Directory.

Post updated on 26-Apr-2020.


For more information about Teams, see Chapter 13 of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook.

12 Replies to “How to Set and View Status Messages in Teams”

  1. This is useful if you use the Teams client.
    Does anyone have any idea whether custom status messages can be edited or set via the web interface?
    You can certainly view your custom status message on the web interface but so far I cannot see a way to edit it.

    1. I just did this with Chrome… the browser client works the same way as the desktop. There’s a small pencil icon to click to edit a status message.

  2. Is there a way of setting this “Status Message” through PowerShell? E.g. through the PS Module: MicrosoftTeams.

  3. I set my status message and now I can’t edit it. I had put that I was out of the office until October 2nd but now I can’t clear it. Any suggestions?

    1. That’s an old post. I just refreshed it and noted that you can use the wastebasket icon when editing a status message to remove the message.

  4. Just like Tony Redmond (“Thoughts of an Idle Mind”) s …. I can not edit the Status Message, it is in a light purple box, i have to hover my cursor over it to read the complete message, but there is not a pencil icon or wastebasket icon. I have set up other status messages but can not get rid of the first one

    1. 1. Download any updates.
      2. Sign out of Teams
      3. Sign back in.
      4. If the problem persists, contact Microsoft and file a support incident.

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