Enable or disable personal and social features for users or groups in SharePoint Server 2013
Published: July 16, 2012
Summary: Learn how to configure user permissions for personal and social features in SharePoint Server 2013.
Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013
Farm Administrators or service administrators of a User Profile service application control who can create My Sites, and use personal and social features. For example, you might want a subset of users in an organization to be able to create My Sites, so you enable the Create Personal Site permission for those users. For more information, see Overview of the User Profile service application in SharePoint Server 2013.
Before you decide which permission to grant users or groups of users, first review the permission descriptions and how the combination of these permissions affects the My Site user experience. For more information, see Plan users and user permissions in Plan for My Sites in SharePoint Server 2013.
Before you perform this procedure, confirm the following:
A User Profile service application is running in the farm. For more information, see Create, edit, or delete User Profile service applications in SharePoint Server 2013.
Enable users or groups to use personal and social features
Use this procedure to configure the user permissions for personal and social features.
To enable users or groups to use personal and social features
Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:
To use the SharePoint Central Administration website to enable users or groups to use personal and social features, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group, or you must have been delegated permission to administer the User Profile service application that is running in the farm. For more information, see Delegate administration of User Profile service applications in SharePoint Server 2013.
In Central Administration, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.
In the list of service applications, click User Profile Service Application.
On the Manage Profile Service: User Profile Service Application page, in the People group, click Manage User Permissions.
On the Permissions for User Profile Service Application page, type or select a user or group account, and then click Add.
In the Permissions for box, check the feature or features that you want the user or group to be able to use, and then click OK.