How to Install YakBot into Microsoft Teams #

It’s quick and easy to install YakBot for Microsoft Teams. Our handy step-by-step guide shows you how.

The YakChat Bot is used in combination with the
YakChat App which should be installed first.

Instructions: Install YakBot for Microsoft Teams #

Important: Make sure that you upload the .zip file into Microsoft Teams intact. It is most important that you do not extract any files contained in the .zip file, otherwise the installation process will fail, even if you re-compress the files into a new .zip file.

Because Safari browsers are often set to automatically extract .zip files, you must disable this setting. You can find Instructions on how to do that here.

Step 1 #

In order to download YakBot for Microsoft Teams, click the Download button below.

As has been noted, it is particularly important that the zip file is not unpacked. The whole zip file must be uploaded into Microsoft Teams.

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Step 2 #

Now open Microsoft Teams.

Then click on the Apps icon from the toolbar on the left.

Step 3 #

Click on Upload a Custom App. You can find it at the bottom of the Store menu in Microsoft Teams.*

Now continue to Step 5.

* If, however, this option is not displayed, go to Step 4:

YakBot for Microsoft Teams

Step 4 #

If the Upload a custom app menu option is unavailable, then you’ll need to contact your Microsoft Teams administrator.

In order to turn on the Upload custom apps feature, visit the Teams apps/Setup policies menu in the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Step 5 #

Select the file in your browser’s default download folder.

Then click Open.

Screenshot of Installing YakChat Teams App

Step 6 #

The Microsoft Teams Manifest window will be displayed.

Now click the Add button to add YakBot into Teams. Do not add to a Team channel at this stage.

Install YakBot for Microsoft Teams

Step 7 #

Microsoft’s authentication window will now be displayed.

Simply sign-in with your Microsoft Teams email and password. You will also use these to login to YakChat.

Screenshot of Installing YakChat Teams Bot

Step 8 #

To connect your Microsoft 365 tenant with YakChat requires permission from your Microsoft Teams or Azure administrator.

If you are an administrator, you can approve yourself by clicking on the Accept button,

To approve your whole organization, you can also tick the option: Consent on behalf of your organization. Then skip to step 10.

If you are not an administrator go to to Step 9.

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Step 9 #

If you are not the Microsoft Teams or Azure administrator, you will now be presented with a similar Microsoft permission request window but without the Consent on behalf of your organization option.

Click on the Accept button for a link that your administrator can use to provide admin approval.

Screenshot of Installing YakChat Teams App

Step 10 #

Skip to step 13 if you have already installed and registered, using the YakChat App.

If this the first time you’ve used YakChat, and you’ve not pre-purchased the service, you will now be asked to complete YakChat’s Free Trial Registration page.

On the first page, simply enter:

1) Your name

2) Your MicrosoftTeams login email address

3) Your contact number

Then click Next.

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step 11 #

Complete the Company details page, and confirm to which country your texts will be sent.

Then click Next.

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Step 12 #

Finally, confirm you have read the Terms and Conditions and are happy to receive updates and marketing information from YakChat.

Then click Finish.

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Step 13 #

YakChat Bot will now be displayed in Microsoft Teams.

Click on the Sign-In button and log-in using your Microsoft 365 account again.

Screenshot of Installing YakChat Teams Bot

Step 14 #

YakBot will ask you to type a message in the Type your questions here box in Microsoft Teams to confirm everything is connected.

How to sign in to YakBot

Step 15 #

YakBot will reply to confirm that everything has been set up correctly.

If you now want to sign out of the bot, simply type “logout” or “sign-out” in the Type your questions here box in Teams.

To sign-in again, type “sign-in” or “login” and the bot will respond with a sign-in card.

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Last Step #

Click Next to learn how to send your first text message.


YakChat SMS-enables Microsoft Teams for fast, compelling conversations. Connect instantly with your clients and co-workers anywhere in the world. You can add YakChat to your MS Teams or Skype for Business platform in minutes, so you’ll be up, running and texting in no time. What’s more, your contacts won’t have to download an app to get your texts. They can simply receive and reply to your messages in the same quick-and-easy way they do with family and friends. And whenever you need to keep your conversations going on the move, simply switch to our handy YakChat mobile app.

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