Use personalized domain with outlook and Office 365 Home family

Ever since I got my home office 365 family subscription, I had my eye on the option for the personalized domain name in outlook. However, according to Microsoft, only domains hosted with GoDaddy could be connected and used.

Now, to be fair, GoDaddy is probably a fine company to use for DNS hosting, but I don’t want to switch registrars.

But I pieced information together how to get the personal domain in outlook without even using or switching to GoDaddy and use my current hoster!

Go to outlook, the premium settings and choose the option to “get started” with a personalized domain.

Click the option to buy a new domain with GoDaddy, and a new window opens

Copy the URL of the new window that opens, it should look like this:….. The part that you need is “mxRecordValue=XXXXXXXXX” The XXXXXXXXX is the unique ID for verification used in DNS

Go to your own domain DNS settings and add the following settings replacing XXXXXXXXX with your ID found in step 3.(Note, these settings are for TransIP specific, your own DNS manager may use a different syntax!)

Name TTL Type Value
@ 1 hour MX 0
@ 1 hour TXT v=spf1 -all
autodiscover 1 hour CNAME
_dmarc 1 hour TXT v=DMARC1; p=none;
_domainconnect 1 hour CNAME
_outlook 1 hour TXT XXXXXXXXX

The dot on the end of the external domains is not a typo!

5. Return to the premium settings in outlook to set your custom domain.

6. Choose the option “I already have a domain”

7. Enter the domain you just configured

8. You have to click to login to GoDaddy, do this, but just exit the page it goes to.

9. Congratulations it should now say you connected the domain with GoDaddy!



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