Configure SharePoint Site Access Request

In this SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss how to configure site access request in SharePoint 2013 site. This is a new feature in SharePoint 2013 through which users can easily request access to a specific site by using the new site access request feature.

In the same way, we can configure site access request settings in SharePoint 2016/2019 and SharePoint Online sites also.

Configure SharePoint Site Access Request

To configure access request for a site, open the site in the browser. Then got to Settings -> Site Settings and then under Users and permissions click on the “Site permissions” link.

In the Site permission page, Click on the Permissions tab then Manage and then click on the “Access Request Settings” link from the ribbon as shown in the fig below:

access request sharepoint online

Now in the Access-Request Settings dialog box, select the “Allow access requests” checkbox. Then enter the email address of the person to whom the access requests should go whenever a user request for access.

access request sharepoint 2013

Now, whenever a user who does not have access to the site try to open the site s/he will be redirected to the Request for Access page. There you can input why you need access to the site.

And then click on Send Request button. Once the request has been sent, the access request page shows an “Awaiting approval” message to the user.

The URL will come like below:

http://win-pfcp2dgt8di/sites/EnjoySharePoint/_layouts/15/AccessDenied.aspx?Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwin-pfcp2dgt8di%2Fsites%2FEnjoySharePoint%2FSitePages%2FHome.aspx&Type=item&name=11e172f3-dda4-4dbf-91bc-abd61c7bbf50&listItemId=1
access request sharepoint 2016

It will show a message like below if it is waiting for approval.

access request sharepoint 2019

Now as an approver you log in to the site and then go to Site Settings and then under Users and Permissions click on the “Access requests and invitations” link. As an administrator you will be able to see the site.

request access sharepoint site

There you will be able to see all the access requests. You can click on any item (…) and there you have the option to Approve or Reject the Access Request. Check the fig below on how to approve.

sharepoint access request settings

Once approved then the user will be able to logged in like below:

sharepoint enable access request

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I hope this SharePoint tutorial helps to enable SharePoint site access request settings. This will work in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2019, and SharePoint Online.

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