How to Add a Custom Tile to SharePoint 2016 App Launcher?

Requirement: Add new tile to App Launcher in SharePoint Online.

How to Add a Custom Tile to SharePoint 2016 App Launcher?

We wanted to place a new tile in SharePoint 2016 app launcher for the support center site, as an end-user usability improvement. SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1 brought us the capability to add a new tile to the app launcher. Here is how you can customize SharePoint 2016 App launcher.

Step 1: Enable the “Custom Tiles” feature in SharePoint 2016 with PowerShell:
Use this PowerShell script to enable the custom tiles feature. 

Enable-SPFeature -Identity CustomTiles -Url "" -Force

This creates a new list “Custom Tiles” in the given web application’s root site collection.

Step 2: Create new Tile in “Custom Tiles” list
Once the feature is activated, navigate to: URL and add a new entry with desired URL and image for tile for your custom tile. Please note, this list is hidden from browser interface, so you should use the link to directly in the browser to navigate to the list.
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It may take up to 24 hours for the new tile to reflect. Clear your browser cache, or open the browser in Private mode to see the new tile in action.

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Salaudeen Rajack

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7 thoughts on “How to Add a Custom Tile to SharePoint 2016 App Launcher?

  • October 4, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    I want to know the answer for this as well. I have several Hosted Site Name Collections and I cannot get the custom tiles feature to work.

  • August 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    In my case, I have added custom tiles feature to web application which has hosted name site collections created. Does custom tiles work for Hosted name site collections.

  • August 2, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Please confirm how can we have custom tiles in Host Named site collection & how can we achieve it

    Appreciate your support


  • August 2, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Can we have custom tiles in host named site collection?
    Really appreciate your help


  • July 31, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    I have confirmed via internally Microsoft resources that Custom Tiles can’t be consumed between farms.

    The reading of the Custom Tiles list and links within the list is done using a server side API to read the list, which won’t work for sites outside the local farm.

  • July 29, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    In the article “Custom Tiles in SharePoint Servers 2016 and 2019”
    it indicates you can use the same custom tiles across multiple web applications.

    I have been able to use the same ‘master’ tiles for multiple web apps in the same farm.

    However, I cannot get other web apps in other farms to use the same ‘master’ tiles.

    Is there a way to have web apps in other farms consume the ‘master’ tiles list?

  • March 20, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Does this work with Host Name Site Collections ?


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