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Enable idle session timeout in Microsoft 365

Idle session timeout is a much-requested feature from organizations to protect sensitive company data. When you enable idle session timeout in Microsoft 365, it will sign users automatically out of Office web apps after a period of inactivity. In this article, you will learn how to enable idle session timeout in Microsoft 365 admin center.

Before you turn on Microsoft 365 idle session timeout

Good to know is that the Microsoft 365 idle session timeout will:

  • Not let you enable it for specific users or groups
  • Not affect Microsoft 365 desktop and mobile apps
  • Override the Outlook web app and SharePoint timeout policies

Note: The idle session timeout in Microsoft 365 is a tenant-wide feature and will apply to all users.

Microsoft 365 idle session timeout support

The idle session timeout in Microsoft 365 will support the below Microsoft 365 web apps:

  • Outlook Web App
  • OneDrive for Business
  • SharePoint Online (SPO)
  • Office.com and other start pages
  • Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on the web
  • Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Enable idle session time in Microsoft 365 admin center

To enable idle session time out in Microsoft 365, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Microsoft 365 admin center
  2. Expand Settings and click on Org settings
  3. Click on Security & privacy tab
  4. Choose Idle session timeout
  5. Check the checkbox Turn on to set the period of inactivity for users to be signed off of Office web apps
  6. Select a time interval from the dropdown menu
  7. Click on Save
Enable idle session timeout in Microsoft 365 admin center

Suppose you choose the custom (in minutes) from the dropdown menu. The number of minutes must be between 5 and 1440.

You did successfully configure a tenant-wide timeout policy. As a result, users will automatically sign out after a period of inactivity on Microsoft 365 web apps.

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Conclusion

You learned how to enable idle session timeout in Microsoft 365. Turn on the setting and set a sign-out time interval in Microsoft 365 admin center. It’s good to let the users know before enabling the setting so they are aware of why they are signed off, or a prompt appears when navigating the Microsoft 365 web apps.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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