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How to keep your status active on Microsoft Teams

Keep your system awake.
October 17, 2022

Microsoft Teams is one of the best tools for video calls and professional collaborative remote work. Its activity status system is an excellent way to show whether you are available to take a call or if you’re busy. However, it doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to and shows you as Away even if you are at your computer. Here’s how to keep your Microsoft Teams status active.

Read more: How to use Microsoft Teams


To keep your status active on Microsoft Teams, change the time it takes for your system to go into idle or sleep mode. Go to Settings > System > Power and battery > Screen and sleep. Adjust the Screen turn-off and Sleep durations. Staying logged in to the mobile app will also show your status as Available.


Editor’s note: These steps were put together using A custom PC running Windows 11. Some steps may differ for you, depending on your hardware and software.

How long does Microsoft Teams stay active?

Microsoft Teams automatically changes your status to Away when it detects the system is idle or enters sleep mode. Some users find that it also changes your status if you aren’t actively using the program or if it’s running in the background after five minutes. The latter is an issue that affects those using the enterprise/business version of Teams.

Stop your computer from going to sleep or powering off

To keep your status active on Microsoft Teams, change the time it takes for your system to go into idle or sleep mode.

Stop your computer from going to sleep or powering off:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Go into the System tab.
  3. Select Power.
  4. Expand the Screen and sleep section.
  5. Go through all options and set them to Never.
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Just keep in mind your PC will be running at all times after this, whether you’re using the computer or not. You can change your preferences again later to let the computer sleep or shut off after a predetermined period.

Let people know you’re available

If leaving your computer running without interruptions isn’t to your liking, you can just help contacts ignore your status by setting a message instructing them to do so. Let’s show you how it’s done.

How to set a status message:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Teams app.
  2. Click on your profile icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Set status message.
  4. Type a message like “I’m available, even if Teams shows I’m away.”
  5. Under Clear status message after, click on the dropdown menu.
  6. Set how long you want the status message to stay active.
  7. Hit Done.
  8. If you actually won’t be available, you can press the Trash button next to the status message.

Mouse moving software

There’s no easy way to keep your Microsoft Teams status to Available. Users have plenty of tricks and workarounds. Among the most popular (and simpler) ones are mouse-moving apps. These applications virtually make your cursor move around endlessly, keeping your computer active and the Microsoft Teams status as available. One of the most popular ones is MouseJiggler, which costs $2.99. Move Mouse is a popular free option, though.

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Your active status on Microsoft Teams will time out and go to “Away” after 5 minutes of inactivity.

There is no way to change the inactivity timeout; all you can do is make sure your status remains active.

Most times, yes. Mouse moving software will keep your computer active and your status as available, not only in Microsoft Teams, but any app that uses your input activity to determine your status.

The mobile Microsoft Teams app will set you as Away when the app is in the background.