Here’s what sets External and Internal SharePoint Users Apart

At Code A Site, we get asked all the time the difference between external and internal SharePoint users. Trying to research both sides can be time consuming and you may end up with too much information. Our solution for that issue is in this article, we compiled all the information you need to know about external and internal users. 

Learn what access Intrnal and External SharePoint users have


External Users

Can Can Not
  • Access to SharePoint Online Site
  • Have access to whatever you share with them (But you can take permission away)
    • Can access entire site, individual documents or use a guest link, depending on permissions
  • Depending on permissions can view and edit documents
  • Perform site tasks that correspond to level of permission they’re given
  • When invited to a site they can navigate to different subsites within site collection
  • Inherit the use rights of the Office 365 customer who is inviting them to collaborate on a site
  • Be designated as a designer for your public website
  • Create own personal sites
  • Does not have their own OneDrive for business document library
  • View company- wide newsfeed
  • Edit own profile, change photo, see aggregated tasks
  • Add quote to the overall tenant storage pool
  • Be an administrator for a site collection
  • Access the search center
  • Use eDiscovery

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