SharePoint Online: PowerShell to Add User to Group

Requirement: Add user to group in SharePoint online using PowerShell.

How to Add Members to a SharePoint Online Group?

To provide access to your SharePoint Online site, you can add users to SharePoint Groups such as the default groups – Site Owners, Site Members, or Site Visitors. Here is how to add members to the SharePoint group:

  • Log in to the SharePoint Online site which you wish to add members, as an administrator.
  • On the site’s home page, click the Settings gear icon >> Choose Site permissions >> and then click on “Advanced Permissions Settings”. Alternatively, You can click on Settings >> Site Settings >> “Users and Permissions” link under “People and Groups” from anywhere else on the site.
  • A list of SharePoint groups appears. Click on the name of the group >> Once the desired group has been chosen, click on the “New” button in the toolbar and then choose “Add Users” to add users to the group.
    how to add members to a sharepoint online group
  • In the Add users window, Enter the user’s email address or username and click on the “Share” button.
    share site with users in sharepoint online

The user will now be added within the specified group!

SharePoint Online PowerShell to Add User to Group

Prerequisites: You need to have SharePoint Online Management Shell installed in your client machine!

To add an individual user to SharePoint online site collection group using PowerShell, use Add-SPOUser cmdlet from SharePoint online management shell. Here is an example:

Step 1: Enter the connection Credentials for SharePoint Online Admin Center

$Credential = Get-credential

This prompts for the user name and password. Key-in your SharePoint online Administrator credentials.

Step 2: Connect to SharePoint Online Service:

Connect-SPOService -url -Credential $Credential

Step 3: Add User to SharePoint Online Site Group:
Once the connection is established successfully in the previous step, you can add user to group.

Add-SPOUser -Site "" -Group "Sales Members" -LoginName [email protected]

The SharePoint Online Management Shell looks like this:

add user to group in sharepoint online using powershell

This adds the given user to the group in SharePoint Online.

Bulk Add Users from a CSV File to SharePoint Online Group using PowerShell:

Now the next question is, What if you want to add 100’s of users to a site collection? Here is how to add multiple users to groups in SharePoint Online from a CSV file.

Step 1: Create a CSV file and fill it in according to your requirements

sharepoint online powershell add user to group

Step 2: Use this PowerShell script to Read from CSV and import users to SharePoint Group:

#Connection paramaters
$AdminURL = ""
$AdminName = "[email protected]"

#User Names Password to connect 
$Password = Read-host -assecurestring "Enter Password for $AdminName" 
$Credential = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $AdminName, $Password

#Connect to SharePoint Online
Connect-SPOService -url $AdminURL -credential $Credential

#add multiple users to sharepoint online group powershell - Import Users from CSV
Import-Csv $CSVFile | ForEach-Object { Add-SPOUser -Site $_.SiteURL -Group $_.GroupName -LoginName $_.UserAccount}

You can also use CSOM PowerShell to add user to group. Here is how: SharePoint Online: Add user to group using PowerShell CSOM

PnP PowerShell to Bulk Add Multiple Users to Multiple Site’s Group in SharePoint Online:

Here is another case: How to add multiple users to multiple site collection’s Owners group?

$SiteURLs = "Sales","Intranet","Marketing" 
$UserIDs = "[email protected]","[email protected]"

#Iterate through each site
ForEach($Site in $SiteURLs)
    #Connect to SharePoint Online Site
    Write-host "Connecting to Site: "$Site
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url$Site -Interactive

    #Get the Associcated Owners group of the site
    $Web = Get-PnPWeb
    $Group = Get-PnPGroup -AssociatedOwnerGroup

    #Add Each user to the Group
    ForEach($User in $UserIDs)
        Add-PnPGroupMember -LoginName $User -Identity $Group
        Write-host -f Green "`tAdded $User to $($Group.Title)"

To import users to group in bulk from an Excel file, use: Add users to group in SharePoint Online using PowerShell from Excel

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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