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Background: I have SharePoint 2013 environment where Personal Sites are disabled by turning off "Self-Service Site Creation" in Central Administration and users can see only About Me and People in their MySites.

Question: Is this possible to show Newsfeeds without allowing creating personal sites in MySites? Blogs, Apps etc are not required on MySites.

Is Newsfeed functionality dependent on "Self-Service Site Creation"?

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Yes, the Newsfeed and social functionality is dependent upon the creation of a MySite.

Here's a direct reference: Plan for My Sites in SharePoint Server 2013

Plan users and user permissions

For users to create My Sites, maintain their profiles, follow people and content, and use tags and notes, there are user permissions to configure in the User Profile service application. Determine which of the following permissions to grant to users or groups of users:

Create Personal Site This permission enables users to create a personal site to store their documents, newsfeed, and followed content.

  • Thank you very much Trevor. Can you please share Technet source on this? That would be really helpful. – Muhammad Zeeshan Tahir Mar 3 '17 at 17:23
  • Added more info the answer, including that newsfeed storage requires a Personal Site. – Trevor Seward Mar 3 '17 at 17:29

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