Add a domain to Microsoft 365

Note

The admin center is changing. If your experience doesn't match the details presented here, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

Check the Domains FAQ if you don't find what you're looking for.

To Add, modify or remove domains you must be a Global Administrator of a business or enterprise plan. These changes affect the whole tenant, Customized administrators or regular users won't be able to make these changes.

Follow these steps to add, set up, or continue setting up a domain.

  1. Go to the admin center at https://admin.microsoft.com.
  1. Go to the admin center at https://portal.office.de/adminportal.
  1. Go to the admin center at https://portal.partner.microsoftonline.cn.
  1. Go to the Settings > Domains page.

  2. Select Add domain.

  3. Enter the name of the domain you want to add, then select Next.

  4. Choose how you want to verify that you own the domain.

    1. If your domain registrar uses Domain Connect, Microsoft will set up your records automatically by having you sign in to your registrar and confirm the connection to Microsoft 365. You'll be returned to the admin center and Microsoft will then automatically verify your domain.
    2. You can use a TXT record to verify your domain. Select this and select Next to see instructions for how to add this DNS record to your registrar's website. This can take up to 30 minutes to verify after you've added the record.
    3. You can add a text file to your domain's website. Select and download the .txt file from the setup wizard, then upload the file to your website's top level folder. The path to the file should look similar to: http://mydomain.com/ms39978200.txt. We'll confirm you own the domain by finding the file on your website.
  5. Choose how you want to make the DNS changes required for Microsoft to use your domain.

    1. Choose Add the DNS records for me if your registrar supports Domain Connect, and Microsoft will set up your records automatically by having you sign in to your registrar and confirm the connection to Microsoft 365.
    2. Choose I'll add the DNS records myself if you want to attach only specific Microsoft 365 services to your domain or if you want to skip this for now and do this later. Choose this option if you know exactly what you're doing.
  6. If you chose to add DNS records yourself , select Next and you'll see a page with all the records that you need to add to your registrars website to set up your domain.

    If the portal doesn't recognize your registrar, you can follow these general instructions.

    Check our list of host-specific instructions to find your host and follow the steps to add all the records you need.

    If you don't know the DNS hosting provider or domain registrar for your domain, see Find your domain registrar or DNS hosting provider.

    If you want to wait for later, either unselect all the services and click Continue, or in the previous domain connection step choose More Options and select Skip this for now.

  7. Select Finish - you're done!

Add or edit custom DNS records

Follow the steps below to add a custom record for a website or 3rd party service.

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft admin center at https://admin.microsoft.com.

  2. Go to the Settings > Domains page.

  3. On the Domains page, select a domain.

  4. Under DNS settings, select Custom Records; then select New custom record.

  5. Select the type of DNS record you want to add and type the information for the new record.

  6. Select Save.

Registrars with Domain Connect

Domain Connect enabled registrars let you add your domain to Microsoft 365 in a three-step process that takes minutes.

In the wizard, we'll just confirm that you own the domain, and then automatically set up your domain's records, so email comes to Microsoft 365 and other Microsoft 365 services, like Teams, work with your domain.

Note

Make sure you disable any popup blockers in your browser before you start the setup wizard.

Domain Connect registrars integrating with Microsoft 365

What happens to my email and website?

After you finish setup, the MX record for your domain is updated to point to Microsoft 365 and all email for your domain will start coming to Microsoft 365. Make sure you've added users and set up mailboxes in Microsoft 365 for everyone who gets email on your domain!

If you have a website that you use with your business, it will keep working where it is. The Domain Connect setup steps don't affect your website.

Domains FAQ

What is a domain?

Buy a domain name in Microsoft 365

Set up your domain (host-specific instructions)