Assign Microsoft 365 licenses to users

Before you begin

Use the Licenses page to assign licenses to users

The Licenses page lets you assign or unassign licenses for up to 20 users at a time. The page shows the products you own, the number of available licenses for each product, and the number of assigned licenses out of the total licenses available.

The Licenses page shows an aggregate total of licenses for all subscriptions for the same product name. For example, you might have one subscription for Microsoft 365 Business Premium that has five licenses, and another subscription that has eight licenses for the same product. The Licenses page shows that you have a total of 13 licenses for Microsoft 365 Business Premium across all your subscriptions. This number is different from what you see on the Your products page, which displays a row for each subscription you own, even if they are for the same product.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Licenses page.
  1. Select a product.

  2. On the product details page, select Assign licenses.

  3. In the Assign licenses to users pane, begin typing a name, and then choose it from the results to add it to the list. You can add up to 20 users at a time.

  4. Select Turn apps and services on or off to assign or remove access to specific items.

  5. When you're finished, select Assign, then close the right pane.

If there's a conflict, you see a message that tells you what the problem is, and how to fix it. For example, if you selected licenses that contain conflicting services, the error message says to review the services included with each license and try again.

Change the apps and services a user has access to

  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Licenses page.
  1. On the Licenses page, select the row for a specific user.

  2. In the right pane, select or deselect the apps and services that you want to give access to or remove access from.

  3. When you're finished, select Save, then select Close.

Use the Active users page to assign licenses

When you use the Active users page to assign licenses, you assign users licenses to products.

Assign licenses to multiple users

  1. In the admin center, go to the Users > Active users page.
  1. Select the circles next to the names of the users that you want to assign licenses to.

  2. At the top, select Manage product licenses.

  3. In the Manage product licenses pane, select Assign more: Keep the existing licenses and assign more > Next.

  4. Under Licenses, select the box for the license(s) that you want the selected users to have.
    By default, all services associated with those licenses are automatically assigned to the users. You can limit which services are available to the users. Deselect the boxes for the services that you don't want the users to have.

  5. At the bottom of the pane, select Save changes.
    You might have to buy more licenses if you don't have enough licenses for everyone.


If you want to assign licenses for a large number of users, use Assign licenses to users by group membership in Azure Active Directory.

Assign licenses to one user

  1. In the admin center, go to the Users > Active users page.
  1. Select the row of the user that you want to assign a license to.

  2. In the right pane, select Licenses and Apps.

  3. Expand the Licenses section, select the boxes for the licenses that you want to assign, then select Save changes.

Assign a license to a guest user

You can invite guest users to collaborate with your organization in the Azure Active Directory admin center. To learn about guest users, see What is guest user access in Azure Active Directory B2B?. If you don't have any guest users, see Quickstart: Add guest users to your directory in the Azure portal.


You must be a Global admin to do these steps.

  1. Go to the Azure Active Directory admin center.

  2. In the navigation pane, select Users.

  3. On the Users | All Users (Preview) page, select Add filters.

  4. In the Pick a field menu, choose User type, then select Apply.

  5. In the next menu, select Guest.

  6. In the list of results, select the user who needs a license.

  7. Under Manage, select Licenses.

  8. Select Assignments.

  9. On the Update license assignments page, select the product you want to assign a license for.

  10. On the right, clear the check boxes for any services you don't want the guest user to have access to.

  11. Select Save.