Office 365: How to Enable Anonymous Access with SharePoint Online

Working with SharePoint Online, you’re required to create an account in order to share information with your colleagues and other users.

In this article, I will show you how to create a site with anonymous rights.


1. Sign into the Admin site.

Click on the Manage link (under the SharePoint heading) as pictured below:


This will take you to the administration center.  Click on Manage site collections:



2. Go to the Site Collections page, click on the New icon in the Ribbon, and select Public Website:


To continue to create the site, there are some options you’ll need to configure, so let’s take a look at them (please refer to the picture below).

Pay particular attention to two options:

1. Storage quota: storage capacity on site.

2. Resource usage quota: the number of access resources might need for this site.

Please provide a storage quota and resource usage quota. Here, I just put in 2000 for Storage and 3000 for Resource:


After creating the site, you will see the link appear under a Website heading, with full information (URL, Total Storage Quota, Total Resource usage quota):


Click this link, and you will see that it actually creates a simple site with a Page Library.  It looks nothing like SharePoint either.

But, when you click on Member login and sign in with the admin account. You can edit the pages:


The problem at this point, however, is that you don’t know how to share information with other users without having to create an account for them.

The solution?  After you sign in with the admin account, go to View All site Content then Create New Site.  At this point, you simply copy the link and share it with everyone to whom you wish to grant access.

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