Install and set up Office on an Android

If you have a free Microsoft account or a work or school account with a qualifying Office 365 subscription, you'll have access to the app's extra features.

Before you begin, make sure you download the Office for Android apps from the local Android Store.

Looking to set up your Office 365 email? See Set up email on an Apple device with Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.

Note: Using a Chromebook? You can install Office mobile apps for Android on your Chromebook if you have the Google Play Store or use Office Online if you have the Google Web Store.

Set up Office apps for the first time:


Tap any Office app like Word to launch it.

Tap Allow on both prompts so the Office app can access your files and contacts.

Tap Allow to grant access to Files Tap Allow to grant access to Contacts


Enter your email address and tap the arrow. If you're using an Office 365 account, you'll get extra features.

Enter your email address associated with your Office 365 operated by 21Vianet subscription and tap the arrow.

Enter your Microsoft Account email or Office 365 account


  • If you're prompted to create a Microsoft account, just add a password to create one and then follow the prompts to verify your identity.

  • If you already have a Microsoft account, go back and sign in with that email address.


Enter the Password associated with your email address. Tap Sign in.

If you have other Office apps installed on your Android device, your account and OneDrive files will be automatically added.

Enter your password.


To add another account, tap Open (or Open other documents if you're on a tablet) > Add a place.

If you are using OneNote, tap Settings > Accounts.

Select Add a place


Choose the cloud service you want to add, such as OneDrive for business or Dropbox.

Choose your cloud service.


Enter the email address and password that you use to sign in to that service.

You're done!


Need help installing and setting up Office apps on Android?

Tap the service where you want to view your files. For example, to view Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents, tap:

  • Open > OneDrive - Personal where you store personal documents

  • Open > OneDrive - <your business name> where you store your work or school documents

You'll see the list of files you saved to OneDrive or OneDrive for Business. The type files you see are specific to the app you opened them in. For example, if you opened the Word app, you'll only see Word documents; if you opened the Excel app, you'll see Excel spreadsheets.

To view any OneNote notebooks you saved to OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, tap + Open Existing.

Note: To use the extra features in the Office apps, you must sign in with the Microsoft account or work or school account associated with your qualifying Office 365 subscription. For a list of qualifying plans, see What you can do in the Office apps on an Android, iOS, or Windows mobile device with an Office 365 plan.

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