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Use the Chat Feature in MS Teams to Send Individuals or Small Groups a Message

Last updated on May 29, 2024

During an MS Teams meeting, you may need to send a direct chat message to an individual or small group without addressing the entire class or meeting. The following tutorial explains how to do this using your phone or tablet.


  1. Open the Microsoft Teams App.
  2. Select Chat from the menu at the bottom of your screen.
    • Note: To send a message to all members on a team, instead select Teams from the menu at the bottom of your screen, navigate to the specific Team, then click the purple New Chat Icon to compose and send your message.
  3. Select the purple New Chat Icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  4. Type a Name or Email Address in the To: field. Teams has all student email addresses in its database.
  5. Select the Recipient’s Name when it appears in the drop-down list.
  6. Repeat Steps 4-5 until all recipients have been added.
  7. Navigate to the Type a Message text box further down the screen.
  8. Type your Message in the text box.
  9. Use the Icons located on either side of the text box to add features such as images, gifs, files, text emphasis, and more to your chat. 
  10. Select the Purple Arrow to the right of the message to send it. 
  11. Select the Back Arrow in the upper-left corner of the screen to exit the chat.
  12. Return to the Chat by navigating to the chat by selecting the message from the main Chat page.