Can I assign SharePoint access to a group or only to individuals? #M365AMA

In this episode, the #M365AMA panel discusses the following community question:

“I’m looking for help with provisioning SharePoint access at a group/Team level and it just doesn’t seem to work. I want to be able to provide a group of people access rather than having to add every individual to a doc/site and send them a link. Any tips on the easiest/best way to do this? I would have thought that adding groups via the “Manage Access/ Advanced” menu would provide the relevant access, but this has not worked. i.e. when I have added the relevant group as “visitors” to provide read access, they don’t get access. Individuals still need to request explicit access. Can groups/teams only be added by SP Admins?”

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.