How to Renew Outlook.com Premium

Renewing your Outlook.com Premium Subscription is a very frustrating process.  Perhaps Microsoft have made it this way to encourage people to stop renewing what was/is an excellent service offering and instead push you down the route of Office 365 Home which at the time of writing still does not support custom domains.

These simple steps should hopefully help you to renew your subscription for another 12 months.

Change Your Primary Alias

For some reason, you have to do the following with your primary alias set to your Outlook.com account (the normal Microsoft account you used when you first subscribed to the service).

To do this I’d recommend using a browser in Incognito / InPrivate mode to keep things nice and clean.

Visit https://premium.outlook.com/  and you should see a screen similar to this:

outlookpremiumadmindashboard

From this screen, click Manage Your Email Addresses

This will take you to the following screen:

outlookpremiummanagealias

From this screen, click Manage All Aliases

This will take you to the following screen:

outlookpremiumprimaryalias

From here, find the @outlook.com address and click the corresponding Make Primary link.

Renew Outlook.com Premium Subscription

Before you carry out the next step, close your browser and then open again in it’s Incognito / InPrivate mode.

Log back into https://premium.outlook.com/ but this time, logon using your @outlook.com address you just made your primary alias.

Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=200846 by using a new Incognito / InPrivate tab, but within the same broswer session you’ve just used.

This should now bring you to the following screen:

outlookpremiumrenewsubscription

Click the Pay Now button and you should then see the payment screen which will allow you to renew your subscription.

Reset Your Primary Alias

Assuming you want to return to using your custom email address as your Primary Alias, revisit the first part of the guide and select your custom email.

Conclusion

By following these simple steps, you should be able to renew your Outlook.com Premium Subscription for another 12 months.  It’s not entirely clear if by doing this you renew for 12 months from the point you do it or whether it adds 12 months onto your existing period so I’d recommend waiting until you’re about to expire just to be sure.

Hopefully you’ve found this useful and as usual, if you have any feedback or questions – please use the comments below.

Author: BigGeek

Wayne is a self-proclaimed geek, IT Professional, father of two and husband who's still much closer to 40 than 50. When he's not busy in an otherwise hectic life he takes time to blog on all things that warrant an online opinion. Founded in 2012, ePINIONATED has been a guilty pleasure for Wayne, giving him an online voice in a very noisy Interweb – some of which might even be useful, maybe.

2 thoughts on “How to Renew Outlook.com Premium”

    1. Hi Manish – I believe my account did this too and I didn’t get billed until it actually reached the original renewal date.

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