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About your initial domain in Office 365

Office 365 creates a domain for you, like, when you sign up with the service. The user ID that you create when you sign up includes the domain, like

Typically people use the initial domain while they’re using a trial version, to try out the services or while they're getting things set up. You can continue to use the as long as you like; it'll still work for email and other services, even if you add a custom domain. But most people add their own domain, like, to Office 365 before they start using Office 365 for their organization so they can use a friendly, memorable email address and user ID with the service.

You may have two initial domains: and

If you have a SharePoint Online Public Website, your Office 365 subscription may actually have two initial domains: the domain, that you chose when you signed up, and a SharePoint Online domain for your Public Website, created automatically for you.

  • You can use your domain (like with most Office 365 services. For example, you can use the domain with Office 365 email addresses (they are also your user IDs for Office 365), team sites, and Skype for Business Online.

  • If you have a SharePoint Online Public Website (no longer available with new subscriptions), it's hosted on your initial SharePoint Online domain, like

    Note    Many organizations already have a website outside Office 365 that uses their custom domain name. If this is true for you, you don't need to think about or use the domain.

Using your own domain instead of the initial domains

When people are ready to use Office 365 for their business, most would rather have email that includes their own domain, like

To be clear, there’s no requirement to add your own domain. You can keep using the domain with Office 365 and never switch. But using your own domain lets you have an easy-to-remember Office 365 email address (it’s also your user ID). If you have a SharePoint Online Public Website, adding a custom domain lets you use it as a website URL for your business.

Say you decide to add your custom domain to Office 365. After you finish, when you look in your list of domains in Office 365, the domain you added is included, like The initial domain is there, too (the one that includes

You can use your domain for several things in Office 365. For example:

Renaming or removing the domain

There are some limitations about the initial domain.

  • You can’t rename your initial domain after sign-up. For example, if the initial domain you chose when you signed up for Office 365 was, you can’t change it to be To use a different domain, you’d have to start a new subscription with Office 365.

  • You can't remove your initial domain.Office 365 needs to keep it around because it's used behind the scenes for your subscription. But you don’t have to use the domain yourself after you’ve added a custom domain.

    However, if you like, you can keep using the initial domain even after you add your domain. It still works for email and other services, so it's your choice.

Applies To: Office 365 Admin, Office 365 End User, Office 365 Small Business Admin

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