Move users to a different subscription

If you have more than one product, have users with a license for one product, but want to move them to another product, you can replace their existing license with a different one.

Before you begin

You must be a Global, License, or User admin to assign licenses. For more information, see About Microsoft 365 admin roles.

Move users to a different subscription

  1. In the admin center, go to the Users > Active users page.
  1. In the admin center, go to the Users > Active users page.
  1. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the users that you want to replace existing licenses for.

  2. At the top, select Manage product licenses.

  3. In the Manage product licenses pane, select Replace and select the licenses that you would like to assign to the users.

  4. At the bottom, select Save Changes > Close.

Back up data before switching Microsoft 365 for business plans

If a user will be switched to another subscription that has fewer data-related services or a user leaves the organization, you can download a copy of their data stored in Microsoft 365 before they are switched to the new subscription.

If you're moving a user to a subscription that has the same or more services, you don't need to back up user data.

Save a copy of Outlook information

If users have Outlook, they can export or backup email, contacts, and calendar to an Outlook .pst file before their plan is switched.

After the switch to the new plan is finished, users can Import email, contacts, and calendar from an Outlook .pst file.

Save files stored in OneDrive for Business

Before being switched to a different subscription, users can download files and folders from OneDrive or SharePoint to a different location, such as a folder on their computer's hard drive, or a file share on the organization's network.

Save Yammer information

Admins can export all messages, notes, files, topics, users, and groups to a .zip file. For more information, see Export data from Yammer Enterprise. Developers can use the Yammer API to do this, as well.

How to save SharePoint information

If a user is switched from a subscription that has SharePoint Online to one that doesn't have it, the SharePoint tile no longer appears in their Microsoft 365 menu.

However, as long as the new subscription is within the same organization as the one they are switched from, users can still access the SharePoint team site. They can view and update notebooks, documents, tasks, and calendars by using the direct URL to the team site.

Tip

We recommend that users go to the team site before their subscription is switched and save the URL as a favorite or bookmark in their browser.

By default, the URL of the team website is in this form:

https://<orgDomain>/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Home.aspx

where <orgDomain> is the organization's URL.

For example, if the domain of the organization is contoso.onmicrosoft.com, then the direct URL to the team site would be https://contoso.onmicrosoft.com/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Home.aspx.

Of course, users can also download SharePoint Online documents from the SharePoint team site to their local computer or to another location at any time.

Next steps

If you’re not going to reassign the unused licenses to other users, consider removing the licenses from your subscription so that you’re not paying for more licenses than you need.

Assign licenses to users (article)
Remove licenses from your subscription (article)
Change plans manually (article)
Understand subscriptions and licenses in Microsoft 365 for business (article)
Buy another Microsoft 365 for business subscription (article)