About the Microsoft 365 admin center

If you purchased a Microsoft 365 for business plan AND you have admin permissions, you have access to the admin center. This article is for you!

If you are a user or have a Microsoft 365 Family plan, you do not have an admin center. To set up Microsoft 365, go to Download and install or reinstall Microsoft 365 or Office 2019 on a PC or Mac.

You use the Microsoft 365 admin center to set up your organization in the cloud, manage users, manage subscriptions, and much more. In this article, learn how to get to the admin center and learn about available features and settings.

Watch a short video about the admin center.

If you found this video helpful, check out the complete training series for small businesses and those new to Microsoft 365.

How to get to the admin center

  1. Sign in at admin.microsoft.com with your admin account.

  2. Select the app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin.

    The Admin tile appears only to people who have Microsoft 365 admin permissions. If you don't see the tile, then you don't have permissions to access the admin center for your organization.

Admin center features and settings

Here are the features and settings you'll find in the left-hand navigation of the admin center. Learn more about admin tasks in [admin help](Overview of the Microsoft 365 admin center](admin-center-overview.md).

Menu What it's for
Home This is the landing page in the admin center. You'll see where to manage users, billing, service health, and reports.
Users Create and manage users in your organization, like employees or students. You can also set their permission level or reset their passwords.
Groups Create and manage groups in your organization, such as a Microsoft 365 group, distribution group, security group, or shared mailbox. Learn how to create and manage groups.
Resources Create and manage resources, like a SharePoint site collection. Learn how to create site collections.
Billing View, purchase, or cancel subscriptions for your organization. View past billing statements or view the number of assigned licenses to individual users. Learn how to manage billing.
Support View existing service requests or create new ones. Learn more in Contact support for business products - Admin Help.
Settings Manage global settings for apps like email, sites, and the Office suite. Change your password policy and expiration date. Add and update domain names like contoso.com. Change your organization profile and release preferences. And choose whether partners can access your admin center.
Setup Manage existing domains, turn on and manage multi-factor authentication, manage admin access, migrate user mailboxes to Office 365, manage feature updates, and help users install their Office apps.
Reports See at a glance how your organization is using Microsoft 365 with detailed reports on email use, Office activations, and more. Learn how to use the new activity reports.
Health View health at a glance. You can also check out more details and the health history. See How to check service health and How to check Windows release health for more information.

Use Message center to keep track of upcoming changes to features and services. We post announcements there with information that helps you plan for change and understand how it may affect users. Get more details in Message center.

Admin centers Open separate admin centers for Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, Yammer, and Azure AD. Each admin center includes all available settings for that service.

For example, in the Exchange admin center, set up and manage email, calendars, distribution groups, and more. In the SharePoint admin center, create and manage site collections, site settings, and OneDrive for Business. In the Skype for Business admin center, set up instant messaging notifications, dial-in conferencing, and online presence.

Learn more about the Exchange admin center and SharePoint Admin Center.

Note: The admin centers available to you depend on your plan and region.

Common tasks in the admin center

Microsoft 365 for business training videos (link page)