I have created a modern team site inside our SharePoint online tenant. and using the office 365 admin, who is also the site collection admin, i try to login to the site using SharePoint designer, as i need to create some list workflows. But i were not able to login, where i got this error :-


and this message:-

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can anyone advice on this please? i know to be able to access a site using SP designer, the user should have atleast Design permission level, and in my case i am the site collection admin.



In your Site settings, Access to SharepointDesigner should be enabled

section > Site Collection Administration > Sharepoint DEsigner parameters


Please try to access the site in the browser and check if you can edit the site in the browser.

Then check if SharePoint Designer is allowed at web application level and at site collection level.

Thread with similar issue:https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_sharepoint/sharepoint-designer-2013-multifactor/bf47ba65-b252-43db-8421-dc7a7f155a15

Are you using MFA? If so, SP designer does not support MFA. You will need to use the app password you got when you set up Multi-factor Authentication.


I am able to open the Modern site in SharePoint designer with Owners Permission. If you have MFA enabled, you will get a different error which would day "Your account is in bad State". Please follow below steps and check if the error resolves.

Open the site over web browser

Open any document library in the explorer view

Then try to open SPD.

Also which version of SPD are you using?

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