How to Keep your Microsoft Teams Status Always Active

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has seen tremendous growth in recent months, and for good reason. The app packages tons of workplace productivity features nicely together. However, many users have complained that the away status time is too short, currently defaulting to 5 minutes in most environments. Users have been finding creative ways to keep their computers active, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite methods. Here is how to keep your Microsoft Teams status always Active.

How to keep Teams always Active, Green and Available.

You will have your own reasons for ensuring that your Teams app is always set to available, but before we get into what does work, we should quickly review what doesn’t. 

Status Change Doesn’t Work

One popular method mentioned by users is forcing your status to “Available” and then setting a custom status. In our experience, this method doesn’t seem to work, and the profile will still trigger to Away after roughly 5 minutes. You can always test it yourself and see how it goes, but from our experience, the Teams app is waiting for some user activity before restarting its away timer. 

Let’s get into some of the methods that we found to work. Some of these require third-party software, and we urge all users to think twice before installing third-party apps on their machines. 

Method 1: Virtual Mouse Clicker

A virtual mouse clicker is an excellent option for keeping your computer and teams active. With this option, a script or program will mimic a mouse click or keystroke hit. There are tons of ways to achieve this, but we will cover three of the most popular. Some of these methods will require third-party application installs, so if that isn’t an option for you, move on to our other methods.

PowerShell Script 

We can write a Powershell script to mimic a keystroke on our computer. This may be the most complicated method, but it requires no third-party application installs, which might be required depending on your use case. 

Getting the script setup is simple. Open notepad and copy/paste the script below. Save the file with any name you like but with a .ps1 extension

Clear-Host
Echo "Toggling ScrollLock..."  
$WShell = New-Object -com "Wscript.Shell" 
while ($true) { 
$WShell.sendkeys("{SCROLLLOCK}") 
Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 200   
$WShell.sendkeys("{SCROLLLOCK}") 
Start-Sleep -Seconds 350 
}

Now right-click on your script and hit Run with Powershell. A PowerShell window will pop up, and you should see the words “Toggling ScrollLock…” at the top. If you do, then it’s working correctly, and the program is now hitting the scroll lock key for you repeatedly. You can exit the script by hitting CTRL + C.

AutoHotKey Script (Our Preferred Method)

You can set up another script to click the mouse for you using a program called AutoHotKey. Although it’s third-party software, it’s trusted and very lightweight. It’s also a good piece of software to get proficient with overall. We have already covered how to make an Auto Clicker using AutoHotkey, so check out that post for all the details. All the steps from that post will work nicely here. One benefit is that you can set the auto clicker to click inside of the Teams app, ensuring that it stays active.

Move Mouse 

Move mouse is a utility available on the Microsoft App Store that will mimic user activity. It’s simple to install and use. You can make it move the mouse around, click it or even run other scripts on a schedule. To install, open up the Microsoft Store from your start menu and search for “Move Mouse” get it installed, and your all set. Remember, always be careful with third-party software and make sure you are comfortable with all the permissions the app requires. 

Microsoft Store Move Mouse

Caffeine

Caffeine is another third-party utility that will help keep your computer active. By default, Caffeine will simulate a keypress every 59 seconds but can be customized to perform more specific tasks. It’s still actively updated and maintained, and most people find it the simplest option. Once again, remember that running third-party software always comes with some risks. You can download Caffeine here.

Method 2: The Mobile App

We all have one or two spare phones lying around collecting dust. Why not put them to good use? In this method, you can grab a spare phone and install the Teams app onto it. Change your phone settings and make sure the phone doesn’t lock or go to sleep. Put it on a charger and open up the Teams app. This should keep your status set to available since the phone and desktop Teams apps are linked together. 

Method 3: Physical Mouse Jiggler

This approach is an actual physical method of moving your move or pressing your keyboard. The different methods here are pretty straightforward and don’t require you to install anything on your computer or use any old phones.

The Keypresser

It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Get something to hold down your spacebar, open up notepad and let it go crazy. You’ll probably have the longest notepad document in history when you get back, but your Teams should stay green the entire time. 

The Mouse Jiggler

People have come up with a bunch of creative ways to keep their mouse physically moving. Some people have been using analog watches under their optical mice to slightly shift the mouse around the screen.

Others have put their mouse on top of a clear glass which keeps engaging the optical laser since it can’t find the table.

Keep Teams Active Mouse Jiggler
via Reddit

These methods both work well to keep your Teams status as Available and won’t cost you a thing. But if you want to go the fancy route and feel like a hacker, you can buy a USB-powered mouse jiggler. Simply plug the mouse jiggler into a USB port and hit the on switch. This might be a bit overkill, but it’s definitely a way to keep your Team’s status active.

Vaydeer Mouse Jiggler

Conclusion

We hope you found a method in this list that works for you. And remember, these methods aren’t only keeping your Microsoft Teams status as active they can be used to keep your computer awake/active in general. There can be many different reasons to keep your machine active besides Microsoft Teams and these methods will work for you.