Add users to Office 365 for business

The easiest way to add users to Office 365 is to add them while you are configuring the service for the first time using the setup wizard. However, you can add more people to Office 365 any time after initial setup.

The info in this article applies to people who have Office 365 business subscriptions and nonprofit subscriptions.

Add users to Office 365 after initial setup

Creating Office 365 accounts in small organizations   

Level of difficulty   

Add users individually. Use this method when you have only a few people to add to Office 365.


Add several users at the same time. Use this method to create a group of user accounts from a list of people in a spreadsheet.


Create or edit users (Small Business). Use these steps to add users one at a time or in bulk. Only use these steps if you have the Office 365 Small Business Plan.

Easy and Medium

Creating Office 365 accounts in large organizations   

Level of difficulty   

Add users to Office 365 with Windows PowerShell. Use this method to programmatically automate the process of creating Office 365 accounts and assigning licenses. Choose this method if you're already familiar with using Windows PowerShell cmdlets.


Use the Azure Active Directory Connect tool. Use the AADConnect tool to replicate Active Directory user accounts (and other Active Directory objects) in Office 365. The sync only adds the user accounts. You will need assign licenses to the synced users before they can use email.


Migrate multiple email accounts to Office 365. When you migrate multiple mailboxes to Office 365 by using either cutover, staged, or a hybrid Exchange method, you will add users automatically as part of the migration.


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