Using the Office 365 setup wizard

With the Office 365 setup wizard, you can add users and verify your domain. The Office 365 setup wizard is best suited to set up Office 365 for a business with 1–50 users.

Do you have more than 50 users? Check out our FastTrack program where we help you with your deployment.

What do you need before starting Office 365 setup wizard?

Check out this list of what you should have on hand to make sure you're prepared before you step through the setup wizard.

There are a couple of scenarios that include either migrating data or users from on-premises environments, or setting up a hybrid system that includes directory synchronization. If you are in this category, follow the instructions in these topics:

To see all the different DNS records that Office 365 requires, see External Domain Name System records for Office 365.

Go to setup in new admin center

Watch a video overview of Office 365 setup   .

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. Go to the Admin center.

  3. Choose Go to setup on the Home page.

    An image of the setup banner in the Office 365 Admin center preview
  4. The setup wizard will help you:

    • Verify your domain. In this step the wizard gives you a TXT record you enter at your DNS host. If your host is GoDaddy, the wizard prompts you to login in at GoDaddy to let Office 365 update the records for you. For other DNS hosts you enter the TXT record yourself.

    • Add new users. This step is optional and you can skip it.

    • Optionally copy your users' email data from other email providers to Office 365.

    • Finish up setting your domain so that all the Office 365 services, including mail delivery, will work.

Tips for using the setup wizard:

  • If you want to stop the wizard, click or touch Exit and continue later. When you start the wizard again, you will be returned to the page you were on.

  • You can choose the Back link to repeat any step.

    Close the wizard by clicking Exit and continue later link
  • How do I get rid of the wizard? The wizard will stay on your Admin center home page until you have completed it. To restart it, choose Go to setup.

  • If you have added users on the Active users page, by directory synchronization, or by running cutover migration, you can make the setup wizard disappear by running it and choosing to use the .onmicrosoft.com domain, and then choosing to not to add users.

What you'll do in the Office 365 setup wizard

  1. Add your domain, such as contoso.com.

    When you signed up for Office 365, you got a user ID that includes an “onmicrosoft.com” domain. In this step, you can add your own domain so your user ID and email are personalized for your business, like rob@contoso.com. Domain setup can be confusing, but we’ll guide you through it step by step. What's a domain?

    Add your domain
  2. Verify your domain. In this step, the wizard gives you a code - called a TXT value - that you enter at your domain registrar. If your registrar is GoDaddy, the wizard prompts you to login in at GoDaddy so Office 365 can enter the code for you!

    Verify your domain

  3. Add your users. You can add users later, too; see Add users individually to Office 365.

    Note: If you need to assign admin permissions to the users you add in the wizard, you can do that later on the Users page.

    Add users

  4. Migrate email and contacts from another email provider that uses IMAP (such as Gmail). For more migration options, or if you just want to migrate your email later, see Migrate email and contacts to Office 365.

    Migrate email

  5. Setup online services, such as email and Skype for Business.

    Setup online services

  6. Change your nameservers. (You don't have to do this step if your domain registrar is GoDaddy.) IMPORTANT: After you do this step, your user's email will be delivered to their Office 365 mailbox. It may take up to 72 hours for your domain provider to start rerouting email.

    Change nameservers

  7. Congratulations! You're finished!

    Finished! Go to the Office 365 admin center.

  8. Go to the Office 365 admin center where you can change the domain of your Office 365 admin account. Plus you can manage your billing information, add or remove users, reset passwords, and do other business functions.

    Note: You can also update your account to the new domain on the Users page.

    Office 365 admin center

If you get stuck at any point, call us. We're here to help!

Watch a video overview of Office 365 setup in the old admin center   .

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.

  3. Choose Setup > Start setup.

    You can also go to the guided experiences that offer specific written guidance on various setup experiences. Choose Start onboarding wizards for email & services to see the guides.

    An image of the Basic setup wizard on the Office 365 admin center.
  4. The setup wizard will help you:

    • Verify your domain. In this step the wizard gives you a TXT record you enter at your DNS host. If your host is GoDaddy, the wizard prompts you to login in at GoDaddy to let Office 365 update the records for you. For other DNS hosts you enter the TXT record yourself.

    • Update the users you have already added including yourself to the new domain (so your email address looks similar to danet@contoso.com instead of danet@contoso.onmicrosoft.com). You can also skip this step and complete this later on the Active users page.

      Note: If you update your username to the new domain, you will have to sign out off Office 365 and then back in again. You can start the setup wizard again and it will remember where you were.

    • Add new users. This step is optional and you can skip it.

    • Optionally install Microsoft Office apps. In this step you can add any of the client apps, such as Outlook, Word, etc. that come with your subscription to your device.

    • Optionally copy your users' copy data from other email providers to Office 365.

    • Finish up setting your domain so that all the Office 365 services, including mail delivery, will work.

After you complete the setup wizard, it can take a while for the changes to take effect across the Internet. If your services still aren't working after 24 hours, call support.

Tips for using the setup wizard:

  • If you want to stop the wizard, click or touch the close icon on the upper left. You can either choose to save your spot, or start over. If you saved your spot, you will be returned to the page you were on.

    Close the wizard by clicking the close button on upper left
  • You can choose the Back link to repeat any step.

  • You can run the setup wizard multiple times by going to Setup > Start setup.

See Also

Plan your setup of Office 365

Set up Office 365 for business

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