How to connect your Office365 subscription on your iPhone or iPad

Microsoft recently announced some great news for Apple users. OneNote for IOS is now freely available. Additionally, Excel, Word and PowerPoint are now available for the iPhone and iPad. The apps are free to download and can be used to view documents stored on the device or on your OneDrive account.

If you have a valid Office 365 subscription, you can log in to your account and use these apps to edit and create documents as well. First, you need to install apps which are available from the Apple App Store.

The initial splash screen shows you a few quick features.


Press continue to activate the app.

There is some confusion at this stage. I think there should be a log in option at this point to allow you to log in to your Office 365 account. However, there are only to choices – Buy Office 365 Home or View for Free.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. I you click on Buy Office 365 Home, you will be prompted to log in to the iTunes Store. If your Office 365 subscription does not match your iTunes account email, you will get an error, “This Apple ID doesn’t have a paid Office 365 subscription.”


The solution is to choose the View for Free option. At the main screen, click the Activate icon at the bottom left and you will be prompted with two choices – Activate by Signing In or Buy Office 365 Home. Microsoft, this Activate option should have been on the front screen!


Once you have signed in, you will be able to edit and create documents using the Office 365 apps.




2 thoughts on “How to connect your Office365 subscription on your iPhone or iPad”

  1. Hi there,

    This tutorial seems no longer valid. I did not see an ‘activate by signing in’ button, and the only button i can see is the upgrade button where there is no option to sign in to an existing account.

    What i actually had to do was sign out of the current account I was logged in to (where my apple ID was), and sign in with the other account where I had my office 365 subscription.

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