It’s easier than ever to quickly communicate with friends, family, or co-workers thanks to Microsoft Teams Chat built into Windows 11 and accessed through a “Chat” button on your taskbar. Here’s how to set it up and start chatting.
The Setup Process
To get started with teams chat, click the Chat icon (which looks like a purple word bubble) in your Windows 11 taskbar. If you don’t see it there, check Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Items and flip the switch beside “Chat” to “On.”
Note: As of early August 2021, Microsoft is currently testing Teams Chat with a certain group of Windows Insiders only. You might not see it in your installation of Windows 11 until it reaches a wide release.
After clicking the Chat button, a small window will pop up. To use Teams Chat in Windows 11, you and everyone that you want to talk to will need to have a Microsoft account. If you’re not already signed in to Teams, you’ll see a “Get Started” button in the pop-up window. Click it.
After clicking “Get Started,” the Microsoft Teams app will open, and it will guide you through the process of linking a Microsoft account to Teams or creating an account if you don’t already have one.
Be aware that you’ll need to link a cell phone to your Teams account to use it. If you’re not comfortable using your personal mobile number, you can get a free texting number from Google Voice. Hopefully, Microsoft will change this requirement in the future.
On the last page of the setup, you’ll have a chance to enter the name that you’d like to use in Teams Chat. When you’re all set, click “Let’s Go.”
After that, you can close the main Teams window and access Teams Chat through the Chat button in your taskbar if you prefer. Ahead, we’ll be covering that quick pop-up Chat button interface since it’s unique to Windows 11.