SharePoint mobile app sign in options

When to choose SharePoint Online

Choose SharePoint Online, when your organization subscribes to that service in Office 365 (Enterprise, Education, Government and DvNext). You'll enter your work or organization account to continue the sign-on process. Office 365 Personal and Home subscriptions do not include SharePoint Online.

When to choose SharePoint Server

Choose SharePoint Server when your organization provides SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016, which have a different login process than SharePoint Online. You'll enter the web address of your SharePoint Server to continue the sign-on process. The web address, also known as a URL, may look like http://portal. This option is sometimes referred to as SharePoint On-Premises or On-Prem.

Note: It's likely that access to your SharePoint Server will be restricted by your organization. For example, you may not be able to reach it when you are not on the corporate network.

If you're still unsure which option to choose

If you're still unsure, ask someone at your organization if you have SharePoint Online in Office 365 (Enterprise, Education, Government and DvNext). If not, ask for the web address of your SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 server. If none of those options work, you may be able to identify the correct option from a web browser when logged in to SharePoint. Read below to learn how to identify SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2013 in the browser on your PC.

Identify SharePoint Online from your PC

You'll know you're using SharePoint Online when you see the words Office 365 to the right of the App Launcher App launcher icon in full screen on your PC.

Partial screenshot of a SharePoint Online Site

Identify SharePoint 2016 from your PC

If you see the word SharePoint to the right of the App Launcher App launcher icon without the words Office 365, you're using SharePoint 2016.

Partial screenshot of SharePoint 2016

Identify SharePoint 2013 from your PC

If you see the word SharePoint in the upper left of the screen without the App Launcher App launcher icon or the words Office 365, you're using SharePoint 2013.

Partial screenshot of SharePoint 2013

Tip: The SharePoint mobile app for iOS will be available from the Apple App Store in June 2016. Android and Windows versions will follow.

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