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How to use the YakChat Bot in a Teams Channel

Mention YakChat

The YakChat bot allows you to send and receive text messages as Posts in a Teams Channel.  To perform any action, you first need to invoke YakChat by Click on the New Conversation or Reply button in the Teams Channel where YakChat has been installed and typing ‘@yak’ into the Text box and select ‘YakChat’ from the Suggestions menu that is displayed (in the same way as you mentioning someone in a post).

YakBot

After YakChat, it will be displayed in the Teams Text box as a mention afterwhich you can type the command that you want the YakChat bot to perform. 

Commands available in the YakChat bot

Here is a list of available commands when YakChat is used in a Teams Channel:

  • Text
  • Reply
  • Owner
  • Search
  • Signin
  • Signout
  • Help

Note: The default command is Reply so that it is easier to reply to an inbound text message that is displayed as a post – just mention YakChat and type your text message and press send.

Send outbound text to a number [Text]

To text a number, type ‘text’ (add a space) the phone number (add a space) and then type your text message and click on the Teams Send button to send the text.  See example below. 

YakChat Bot Outbound Text

Note:  The phone number must not have any spaces or symbols and uses the default country code set up for your user by default or you can add a country code.

Reply to a text message in a conversation [Reply]

To reply to a text within a Teams conversation click on the ‘Reply’ button in the Teams conversation, mention @yakchat (space) and type your text message and click on the Teams Send button to send your reply.  

Note: You can also use the ‘reply’ command that is displayed in the menu but this is not necessary. 

Note: You can also use the ‘reply’ command that is displayed in the menu but this is not necessary. 

Signin Command

Click the Sign in button displayed in the adaptive card 

Sign in to the Microsoft credentials window that is displayed and  

Microsoft credentials pop-up window

A Sign in confirmation message should be displayed

If you still receive the Channel not linked to a Shared inbox then you may need to install the new YakChat 2.0 application which will require admin consent to be provide by your Microsoft administrator.  You can download the new YakChat 2.0 application here.

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