Add a user or contact to an Office 365 distribution group

As the admin of an Office 365 organization, you may need to add one of your users or contacts to a distribution group (see Create distribution groups in Office 365.) For example, you can add employees or external partners or vendors to an email distribution group.

Add a user or contact to a distribution group

Use the new admin center to add a user or contact

The new admin center is available to all Microsoft 365 admins. You can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page. For more information, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. On the Groups page, select the name of the group you want to add a contact to.

  3. On the Members tab, select View all and manage members.

  4. On the View Members page, select Add members, and select the user or contact you want to add to the distribution group.

    Add members to distribution group

  5. Select Save and then Close.

Use the old admin center to add a user or contact

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. On the Groups page, select the group you want to add a contact to.

  3. In the Members section, select Edit.

  4. On the View Members page, select Add members, and select the user or contact you want to add to the distribution group.

    Add members to distribution group

  5. Select Save and then Close.

If you haven't created the contact yet, do that first as shown in this video.

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