Microsoft Teams: How to always appear online

While it is not currently possible to always appear online in Microsoft Teams, it’s quite possible to appear online for a very long time. This is achieved by preventing your system from sleeping or locking up due to idle behaviour. Fortunately, this can be done without manually interacting with your computer constantly. That’s thanks to programs like Caffeine. Though that’s not to say Caffeine is your only option. There’s a number of alternatives to Caffeine, all of which work the same way. We’ve chosen to recommend Caffeine out of familiarity. Despite that, if you’re uncomfortable with the usage of a third-party program, we do have an alternative (albeit slightly risky) method that’s arguably more effective.


  1. Start Caffeine
  2. Access hidden icons
  3. Right click the Caffeine icon
  4. Set Active for to 24 hours

This post will instruct you on getting started with Caffeine, and as well as actually using it to prevent your devices idle behaviours from triggering.


  1. Downloading Caffein
  2. Prevent sleeping or idle indicators with Caffeine
  3. DIY alternative
  4. End note

Downloading Caffeine to appear online on Teams

In case you’re curious, there are a number of alternatives to Caffeine, such as Amphetamine (for Mac), and Mouse jiggler.

Step 1 – Access downloads from the Caffeine site homepage

Access the Caffeine site homepage with the following link. You may want to take note of some of the listed help commands or read about the produce. Although doing so is not required. Once satisfied, proceed to the Download page.

Step 2 – Download the latest version of Caffeine.

Upon opening the Download page you will typically be brought to the bottom of the page where lies the latest Caffeine version- available for download. Click the green Download button to begin the download process. If prompted to select a download location, try to remember where the file will be sent.

Step 3 – Extract Caffeine

Upon opening the directory Caffeine’s zip is stored in, you will need to select the zip and interact with it by right-clicking. After doing so, you may select Extract All.

Step 4 – Open Caffeine

If you’re using a 32bit system, double click caffeine32.exe. Otherwise, assuming you have a newer system, double click caffeine64.exe to run it

Prevent sleeping or idle indicators with Caffeine to appear online on Teams

Step 1 – Reveal hidden taskbar icons

Reveal the hidden icons on your taskbar by selecting the ^ button (usually positioned on the right side of the taskbar).

Step 2 – Configure Caffeine’s activity options

After right-clicking the Caffeine icon you will be met with a menu. Scroll to Active for followed by 24 hours (which you will need to click). Additionally, if the Active option was not checked, please click it to change that.

DIY alternative to appear online on Teams

Although this has not come close to occurring on our end, we’d like to inform you there’s a minor chance of damaging your keyboard. Attempt this method at your own risk.


An alternative to the use of this software can be achieved with no more than a paper pin. Before going idle, or walking away from your device, shift the paper pin underneath your insert key. In doing so, your system will continue to receive input as your key is pressed down. This will also work with the ctrl, shift, alt, alt gr, and l-shift keys.

End note


While we can not configure our account activity to always be online within Microsoft Teams, we can use third-party applications such as Caffeine to remain online/active for a large period of time (24 hours). Caffeine works by simulating keystrokes in the background every 59 seconds. This prevents idle behaviours such as automated sleeping, or screen locking which often make you appear offline/inactive. An alternative, to this, can be using a paper clip to keep a key held down indefinitely- allowing you to feed Windows input even when you’re away.


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Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier. You can connect with Jack on LinkedIn.

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