While we’ve been working from home, one of the changes many of us have seen is the growth of online meetings. There are plenty of apps to choose from, but in a corporate world, MS Teams is a mainstay. Unfortunately, it’s been discovered that there is an issue with Teams on Android that prevents emergency dialling.

For many users, this warning won’t matter because your apps will update automatically. If you prefer to manually update, then it’s important you go do so ASAP to avoid disaster. The issue was significant enough that Google has been emailing users who have MS Teams installed.

The Help Center article outlines a little more about the issue:

You may have a version of the Microsoft Teams app installed that could unintentionally prevent emergency calling (e.g. 911, 999, 112, depending on your region) if you are not signed into the Teams app. The issue is caused by an unintended interaction between the Microsoft Teams app and the Android operating system.

While these types of warnings can cause significant concern, it’s good to see them found and fixed promptly. Hopefully, it will lead to OS changes that prevent the potential for future occurrences.

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Makes me glad I refused to give MS my cellphone number, and as a consequence cannot install or use Teams.
Home private non-business users _MUST_ hand over their cellphone number to MS to be permitted to setup a Teams account as part of the desktop installation process. Far as I was concerned, stuff that for a joke.
I can understand cellphone numbers mattering for account setup in a business environment where Teams came from.
But for a home private non-business use, being forced to hand over their cellphone number, that as far as I am concerned is beyond the pale.