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

The Office 365 setup wizard will guide you through the first step to add other people to your subscription and set up your domain. Then we show you what else you can do to get the most out of Office email, file sharing, and Office mobile apps.

Set up Office 365   

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1. Add your users and domain to Office 365   

Domains can be confusing. We'll guide you through setting up your domain, like, to use with email and Skype. What's a domain?

We'll also show you how to 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 this step in the wizard. You can add or delete accounts any time.


2. Download and install Office on your Mac or PC   

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.


3. Set up email   

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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4. 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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5. Set up Office 365 on your mobile device   

To get work done from wherever you are, you and your team members can 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.


6. Install Skype on your PC, Mac, and mobile device   

Next, you and your team members can install Skype for Business on all of your computers, tablets, and phones. 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.

If you want help with a more advanced deployment, the Onboarding Center is a great place to start. You can also find a partner to help you. If you need to integrate with an on-premise environment or do an advanced deployment, see our Office 365 integration guide.