About the Office 365 admin center

If you purchased an Office 365 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 an Office 365 home plan, you do not have an admin center. To set up Office 365, go to Download and install or reinstall Office 365 or Office 2016 on a PC or Mac.

You use the 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.

How to get to the admin center

  1. Sign in to Office 365 at office.com with the account that has admin permissions.

    If you're using Office 365 Germany, sign in here with your Office 365 admin account.

    If you're using Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, sign in to Office 365 operated by 21Vianet with your Office 365 admin account.

  2. Select the app launcher icon Office 365 app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin.

    The Admin tile appears only to people who have Office 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

The admin center looks like this.

New admin center preview home page

Here are the features and settings you'll find in the left-hand navigation of the admin center. Learn more about admin tasks in Office 365 admin help.

Menu What it's for
This is the landing page in the new admin center. You'll see where to manage users, billing, service health, and reports.
Create and manage users in your organization, like employees or students. You can also set their permission level or reset their passwords.
Create and manage groups in your organization, such as an Office 365 group, distribution list, security group, or shared mailbox. Learn how to create and manage groups.
Create and manage resources, like a SharePoint site collection. Learn how to create site collections.
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.
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.
See at a glance how your organization is using Office 365 with detailed reports on email use, Office activations, and more. Learn how to use the new activity reports.
View the service health at a glance. You can also check out more details and the service health history. Check out How to check Office 365 service health.
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 in Office 365.
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