Set up a Microsoft subscription

Choose your Microsoft subscription

Your browser does not support video. Install Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash Player, or Internet Explorer 9.
  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, and select Go to setup. The setup wizard will start.

  2.  On the Install your Office apps page, you can choose to install Office apps on your computer, or select Continue.

  3.  On the Your domain is your business identity page, enter the domain name for your business and then select Use this domain. If you use a common registrar like WordPress or GoDaddy, your records will be added automatically on this page.

  4. On the Verify your domain page, select Verify to verify ownership of your domain, and then sign in to your domain registrar account. To let Microsoft add a TXT record for account verification, select Confirm.

  5. On the Add users and assign licenses page, enter user first names, last names, and user names. Then select Add users and assign licenses.

  6. On the Share sign-in information page, enter alternate email addresses for your users, and select Send email and continue.

  7.  On the Activate records page, click Continue.

  8.  On the Add DNS records page, we recommend that you leave the services turned on for email, Teams, and mobile device security. Select Configure, and then select Confirm to confirm the changes with your domain registrar.

  9.  On the Increase protection from advanced cyber threats page, leave Office Advanced Threat Protection on, review what will be scanned, and then select Create Advanced Threat Protectionpolicies.

  10.  On the Prevent leaks of sensitive data page, leave Data Loss Prevention on, review the options, and select Create data loss prevention policy.

  11. On the Protect data in Office for mobile page, leave mobile app management on, expand the settings and review them, and then select Create mobile app management policy.

Your setup is complete.

After signing up for Microsoft 365 Business, you’re ready to set things up, like adding a domain, users, and setting up security. 

Let’s get started.

From the Microsoft 365 admin center, select Go to setup.

If you like, you can install Office apps on your computer now. Or just select Continue.

Since we already have a domain and a website, we’ll enter it here. Then select Use this domain

If you use a common registrar like WordPress or GoDaddy, your records will be added automatically on this page. To verify ownership of your domain, select Verify, and sign in to your domain registrar account. To let Microsoft add a TXT record for account verification, select Confirm.

Add users by entering their first names, last names, and user names. Then select Add users and assign licenses.

Enter alternate email addresses for your users, and select Send email and continue.

To activate your new DNS records, select Continue.

We recommend you leave these services turned on for email, Teams, and mobile device security. Select Configure, and confirm the changes with your domain registrar.

Leave Office Advanced Threat Protection on, and review what will be scanned. Then select Create Advanced Threat Protection policies.

Leave Data Loss Prevention on, review the options, and select Create data loss prevention policy.

Leave mobile app management on, expand the settings to review them, and select Create mobile app management policy.

Your setup is complete. We’d appreciate your feedback on the setup process. If you’d like, you can adjust these settings and add more features by selecting Explore features.

Your browser does not support video. Install Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash Player, or Internet Explorer 9.

Sign up for an Office 365 business plan

  1. To sign up for an Office 365 business plan, go to the Office Products site and choose Buy now.

  2. Choose the plan you want to sign up for. In this example, we'll choose Office 365 Business Premium.

  3. Under Your order summary, enter the number of users you have, including yourself, and chose a monthly or annual business plan. Then choose Next.

  4. Under Tell us about yourself, enter your business information, such as email, phone number, and country, and then choose Next.

  5. Enter the address where you'll be using Office 365, and then choose Next.

  6. Choose either Text me or Call me as a verification method, click Send Verification Code, and then choose Next.

  7. Enter the code that was sent to you, and then click Verify.

  8. Under Create your business identity, choose the type of domain name you'll use, enter the domain name, and choose Next.

  9. Sign in to your domain account and choose to give Office 365 access.

  10. After successful verification, enter a user name and password, and then choose Next.

  11. Under Payment & billing, enter your payment details, and then choose Place order.

Add users and connect your domain

  1. After placing the order for your Office 365 subscription in step 11 above, choose Let's get started.

  2. On the Add new users page, add the display names and user names of your employees or other people who will use Office 365 with you, and then choose Next.

  3. On the Share sign-in credentials page, enter alternate email (non-work) addresses for your users, and then click Send email. (If you don't have their email addresses, click Download or Print and give them their credentials later.) Choose Next.

  4. Under Migrate email messages, choose Don't migrate email messages. This will be done later in Outlook. Choose Next.

  5. On the Connect your domain page, choose Add records for me, and then choose Next. (If you’re not ready to use Office 365 for email yet, choose Exit and continue later.)

  6. When prompted, sign in to your domain name account again, and accept the prompt to let Office 365 update your domain name.

  7. On the You're reached the end of setup page, you can rate your experience an add a comment if you like, and then choose Go to the Admin center.

  8. Take the tour of features if you like, and then choose Go to setup. From here, you can install Office apps, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or try out other business apps. You also see that email setup is complete.

To sign up for an Office 365 business plan, go to the Office Products site, and choose Buy now.

Let’s choose Business Premium, the most popular plan for small businesses.

Enter the number of users you have. Let’s choose 5, one for you and your 4 employees, or people who will be using Office 365 with you. The price changes to reflect 5 users.

Next, choose a billing plan. Let’s choose Annual, because it’s easier to pay once a year. Then Next.

Enter your business information, like email, phone, and country. Then Next.

Enter the address where you’ll be using Office 365. This determines available features and applied taxes. Next.

To prove you're not a robot, choose a way for us to reach you, like text. Confirm your phone number, then Send Verification Code. Type the code that was sent to you. Then Verify.

Next, create a business identity, and by this, we mean a custom domain name that will appear in your email address. You have three options: use a new domain for one year for free, use a domain you already own, or use Microsoft’s domain name.

Let’s choose a domain we already own and type it here, contosoco.com. Then Next.

Because the domain is registered at GoDaddy, where it was purchased, sign in to GoDaddy to prove you own the domain. Enter the username and password for GoDaddy, then Secure Login. And Accept to let Office 365 update it.

Now, create your username, which also serves as an email address – rob@contosoco.com. Create a password that you’ll use with it. You might want to write this down. Then Next.

Enter your payment details, credit card, expiration date, and address. Then Place order.

You’re finished signing up for Office 365 and setting up your account. Choose Let’s get started to continue.

Add the names of your employees or other people who will use Office 365 with you. You can add four names here because we entered a total of 5 users earlier, including your account. Type their display name and username, which also serves as their email address. You can add more people later if you like. Then Next.

Now, to share the account details with these people, type their alternate email address, like one they use outside of work. Then Send email. If you don’t have their email address, choose Download or Print and give it to them later. Then Next.

For email migration, choose Don't migrate email messages for now because we’ll do it later in Outlook. Then Next.

To activate Office 365 email for you and your employees, choose Add records for me. If you’re not ready to use Office 365 for email yet, choose Exit and continue later. But because we’re ready, let’s choose Next.

When prompted, sign into GoDaddy again with your username and password. Then Secure Login. Then Accept to let Office 365 update your domain name.

At this point, you’ve finished signing up for Office 365, set up business email, and added your employees. You can rate this experience and add a comment if you like. Then Go to the Admin center.

You’ll see a quick tour of important features and you can start using Office 365 now if you like. Or, to start setting up apps, choose Go to setup. From here, you can install Office apps, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or try out other business apps. You also see that email setup is complete.

Learn more about Office 365 for business.

Tip: Expand a section above to watch the video and read instructions.

Expand your Office skills
Explore training
Get new features first
Join Office Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.

×