Set up Office 365 for business

These steps are for businesses and nonprofits that want to start with the basic Office 365 Business Premium plan that's set up with the default features.

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The basic Office 365 setup process, end-to-end

The Office 365 setup wizard guides you through the first step to set up your domain and add other people to your Office 365 Business Premium subscription. Then we show you what else you can do to get the most out of Office email, file sharing, and Office mobile apps. Learn what the wizard does before you use it.

Office 365 Business Premium Plan   

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1. Plan your setup

Office 365 has a lot of features and functionality. Whether you want to set up Office 365 for only 1 person in your business or 10, we recommend spending a few minutes to plan your setup so there are no surprises.

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2. Add your users and domain to Office 365   

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

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We'll also show you how to quickly create accounts and email addresses for other people in your business so they can use Office 365. If you're the only one using Office 365 in your business, you can skip adding accounts in the wizard. After initial setup, you can add or delete users from your subscription any time.


3. Download and install Office on your PC or Mac, or mobile device   

Once you've created accounts for other people in your business, you and your team members will be able to install the full desktop version of Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) on your Mac or PC. Each person can install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs.

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You and your team members can set up Office set up Office mobile apps on Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, or Windows phones. Each person can install the Office apps on up to 5 phones and 5 tablets. 

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4. Set up email on your PC or Mac   

After you've installed Office, we'll help you set up Outlook to work with your new Office 365 mailbox. Everyone on your team will need to perform this step. 

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5. Import email, contacts, and calendar   

We'll show you how to move your existing email and contacts from other email systems to your Office 365 mailbox so you can see it all in one place.

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6. Install Skype on your PC or mobile and install Lync on your Mac   

Next, you and your team members can install Skype for Business on all of your PCs, tables, and phones, and install Lync on your Macs. Then you'll be able to see the online status of your coworkers, start chats from other Office applications, and host video meetings with up to 250 people.

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7. Set up Office 365 file storage and sharing   

We'll show you how to store files online so you can access them across your computers, phones, and tablets, share them with other people, and collaborate on them from anywhere.

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8. Get started using Office   

Take a tour of Office 365 and learn how to use all the Office mobile apps. To help other people in your business get started with Office 365, share this link with them, too.

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Also, download the Office 365 Admin app to manage Office 365 from your mobile device.

If you want help with a more advanced deployment, FastTrack is a great place to start. You can also find a partner to help you. If you need to integrate with an on-premises environment or do an advanced deployment, see our Enterprise admin resources.

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The Office 365 setup wizard will guide you through adding users and your domain. Log in and launch the wizard now


Need help with these steps? Call support

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Haven't purchased yet? Sign up for Office 365 or a 30-day free trial. Or, activate your product key

See Also

Office 365 Admin app

Set up Skype for Business Online

Devices, clients, and browsers supported by Office 365

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