Define a status message with duration in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows you to define a status message to inform other users about something that goes beyond the presence indicator.

To prevent you from showing an outdated message for hours or even for days, Microsoft Teams now gives you the possibility to define the duration of your status messages when creating it.

Microsoft Teams status message

To make use of this feature you should do the following:

  1. At the to right corner of the Microsoft Teams window click on your profile picture
  2. From the menu click on Set status message
  3. Type your status message
    Microsoft Teams status message
  4. In the clear status message after dropdown select the period, there are 5 options available:
    • Never – Use this one to control the expiration of the status message manually
    • 1 Hour
    • 4 Hours
    • Today
    • This week
  5. Click Done to save it

After being configured you will be able to see the message and the expiration date when you click in the profile menu as illustrated in the image below.

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About the Author:

I’m a Microsoft Office Development MVP

With a degree in computer science I’ve been working with SharePoint over the last seven years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.
A true tech enthusiast and author of “HANDS ON SharePoint” and “HANDS ON Teams” blogs I love to share my knowledge.


Ferreira, J. (2022). Define a status message with duration in Microsoft Teams. Available at: [Accessed: 14th September 2022].

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