Installing Polly in Teams

Step-by-step guide to installing Polly for Microsoft Teams!

💡Learn more about Polly for Microsoft Teams plans here!

In this guide you will learn how to:

  1. Install Polly in MS Teams
  2. Add Polly as a tab in your channel / team
  3. Add Polly as a messaging extension

Install Polly in Microsoft Teams

Here's a YouTube video on how to setup Polly in Teams. If you prefer a text guide, please follow the below steps to install the Polly application in your team. 

  1. Open Microsoft Teams, and then click the Apps button near the bottom left hand side of the application.

  2. Search for Polly🔍 and then click the Polly icon to open up the app preview windowteams-search-polly

  3. In the app preview window, hover over the Open button and click Add to a team to install the Polly app in your team.polly app on teams apps

  4. You will be prompted to select the team and channel you would like to set up Poll in, and given the option to pin Polly as a tab, for easier use!

Set up polly for a team

✏️ Note: When you install the Polly app in a Channel, a welcome post goes out in the Channel which you will not be able to remove. The message is a requirement from Microsoft Teams, but a Teams admin might be able to remove this

Adding Polly as a Tab

  1. Once the Polly app has been installed in your team as per the above instructions, navigate to your preferred channel in a Team and click the ➕ to add Polly as a tab in the channel.adding polly to a team-1

  2. In the Add a tab window, select 'Polly'add a tab -teams

  3. A confirmation screen will appear, select Saveadd polly as tab - teams

  4. The Polly tab will appear, and you will be asked to sign in to your Polly account using Microsoft authentication. Click 'Sign in with Microsoft' to proceed.Sign into your polly account

  5. You are now ready to start using Polly in your team.

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✏️Note: Polly (or any other app) does not work in private channels. Currently apps are not supported in Microsoft Teams private channels. 

Adding Polly as a Messaging Extension

To be able to use Polly in group chats or during meetings, the easiest way to use Polly is to add it as a messaging extension to your conversation box. You can do this by following the below steps:

  1. Make sure Polly is installed in your Team as per the above instructions. Then navigate to the Posts tab of the channel where you have just installed Polly.posts button teams-1

  2. At the bottom of the window where you would usually type messages, click the  icon. On the overflow menu that appears, find and right click on Polly, and then click 📌Pin.pinning a polly - teams-1

  3. Polly is now added as a Messaging extension, which you can use to activate Polly in any channel, group chat, or meeting 🎉.

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💡  To learn how to use Polly in Teams Meetings, click here.


What app permissions need to be enabled by the Teams admin for smooth Polly usage?

There are a few things that the MS Teams admin will have to enable:
  1. In the “Teams apps > Manage apps” section of the Teams Admin Center, ensure that Polly is set to “Allowed”
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  2. In “Teams apps -> Permission policies” ensure that a policy exists that allows Polly
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  3. In “Users -> Manage Users -> Policies” ensure that the users have the policy assigned from the previous step
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Here's a link to MS Help Center containing information regarding managing apps and permissions.