Enable anonymous access in SharePoint 2013/2016

This SharePoint administration tutorial explains, how to enable anonymous access in SharePoint 2013/2016. 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.

Enable anonymous access SharePoint 2013/2016

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 in 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:

enable anonymous access sharepoint 2013
enable anonymous access sharepoint 2013

This will open Authentication Providers dialog box, there click on Default as shown in the fig below:

enable anonymous access sharepoint 2016
enable anonymous access sharepoint 2016

This will open the Edit Authentication dialog box. There check the check box “Enable anonymous access” as shown in the fig below:

how to enable anonymous access sharepoint 2013
how to enable anonymous access sharepoint 2013

Site Level:

Now Open your SharePoint 2013 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:

how to enable anonymous access sharepoint 2016
how to enable anonymous access sharepoint 2016

After this when users will able to access the site, then 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

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