How do I get Office 2016?

This topic applies to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University and Office 2013 one-time purchase.

If you want to upgrade to Office 2016 from an Office 365 for business subscription, see How do I get the new Office 2016 apps using Office 365 for business?

With the release of Office 2016, you might wonder how you can get the latest version of Office if you have an existing subscription or if you want to sign up again.

Tip: If you're not sure what version of Office you have, see What version of Office am I using? If you have Project, Visio, InfoPath, SharePoint Designer, or other standalone Office 2013 apps, see "Stop, you should wait to install Office 2016" error. Some versions of these apps don't work with the Office 2016 version of Office 365 Home, Personal, or University, or the new Office 2016 suites.

How to get Office 2016 if you have an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscription

Ways to upgrade

What you need to do

Install now from the My Account page

Sign in to your My Account page, choose Install, and then choose Install again. Your Office 2016 installation will download in the background, allowing you to continue to use your current Office 365 programs.

Tips: If your current version of Office 365 isn't up to date, a manual update will fail and you won't get an upgrade notification. To make sure your version is up to date, use the following steps.

  1. Open any Office application and choose File > Account. (If you're using Outlook, choose File > Office Account.)

  2. Under Product Information, choose Update Options > Update Now to make sure you have the latest version before upgrading to Office 2016.

Note: The process to uninstall Office 2013 and install Office 2016 can take some time. When the installation completes, you'll see a welcome video that explains how to find your apps and start Office 2016.

Wait for a notification telling you to update

When your automatic upgrade is ready for you to install, you'll get a notification on the menu bar of your Office applications (for example, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook). These notifications will appear over the next few weeks.

Follow the steps to update to the current version of Office. It’s important to update when prompted so you continue to receive the latest updates to Office 365. If you choose to wait, you can close the notification, but it will continue to reappear until you update to the latest version.

For more information about installing Office 365 Home, Personal, or University, or Mac from Office, see Install Office on your PC or Mac.

Tip: You can create and share documents between Office 2016 and Office 2013 without worrying about compatibility issues. If you create a document using an Office 2016 application and you send it to someone who’s using Office 2013, the recipient can still open and edit the document in the corresponding Office application. The same is true for documents going from Office 2013 to Office 2016.

How to get Office 2016 if you have a one-time purchase of Office 2013 or an older version of Office

If you installed a one-time purchase of Office 2013, you can't upgrade directly from within the Office 2013 software. You'll need to either purchase one of the Office 2016 suites of products, such as Office Home & Student 2016, or purchase an Office 365 subscription.

For more information about the different options available for purchasing Office 2016, see Choose your Office.

See Also

Can I upgrade to Office 2016 for Mac from Office for Mac 2011?

How do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?

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