This SharePoint administration tutorial explains, how to enable anonymous access in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019. Sometimes companies want few sites to be available with anonymous access. People should access the sites without putting credentials.
In an anonymous site, users can access the site without putting any credentials in SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint 2019.
You can follow the below steps to enable anonymous access in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016.
To implement anonymous access in SharePoint, we have to change the web application level as well as in the SharePoint 2013/2016 site collection level.
Web Application Level Changes:
First, we have to change at the web application level. Open your SharePoint 2013/2016 central administration. Then click on Manage web applications under Application Management.
This will open all your web application. Select your web application and then from Ribbon click on Authentication Providers as shown in the fig below:
This will open Authentication Providers dialog box, there click on Default as shown in the fig below:
This will open the Edit Authentication dialog box. There check the check box “Enable anonymous access” as shown in the fig below:
Now Open your SharePoint 2013/2016/2019 site and then go to Site Settings. Then in the Site Settings page Click on Site permissions under Users and Permissions.
Then from the Ribbon click on “Anonymous Access“. Then choose “Entire Web site” under Anonymous Access, then click on OK as shown in the fig below:
After this when users will able to access the site, they can access the site anonymously without giving any credentials.
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Hope this SharePoint tutorial helps to enable anonymous access in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016
Bhawana Rathore is a Microsoft MVP (3 times in Office Apps & Services) and a passionate SharePoint Consultant, having around 10 years of IT experience in the industry, as well as in .Net technologies. She likes to share her technical expertise in EnjoySharePoint.com and SPGuides.com