Assign or remove licenses using the Azure Active Directory portal

Many Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) services require you to activate an Azure AD product and to license each of your users or groups (and associated members) for that product. Only users with active licenses will be able to access and use the licensed Azure AD services.

Available product editions

There are several editions available for the Azure AD product.

  • Azure AD Free

  • Azure AD Basic

  • Azure AD Premium 1 (Azure AD P1)

  • Azure AD Premium 2 (Azure AD P2)

For specific information about each product edition and the associated licensing details, see What license do I need?.

View your product edition and license details

You can view your available products, including the individual licenses, checking for any pending expiration dates and the number of assignments available.

To find your product and license details

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using a Global administrator account for the directory.

  2. Select Azure Active Directory, and then select Licenses.

    The Licenses page appears.

    Licenses page, with number of purchased products and assigned licenses

  3. Select the Purchased products link to view the Products page and to see the Assigned, Available, and Expiring soon details for each specific product edition.

    Products page, with product editions and associated license info

  4. Select a product edition name to see its licensed users and groups.

Assign licenses to users or groups

Make sure that anyone needing to use a licensed Azure AD service has the appropriate license. It's up to you whether you want to add the licensing rights to individual users or to an entire group.

Note

Group-based licensing is a public preview feature of Azure AD and is available with any paid Azure AD license plan. For more information about previews, see Supplemental Terms of Use for Microsoft Azure Previews.

For detailed information about how to add users, see How to add or delete users in Azure Active Directory. For detailed information about how to create groups and add members, see Create a basic group and add members.

To assign a license to a specific user

  1. On the Products page, select the name of the edition you want to assign to the user. For example, Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 2.

    Products page, with highlighted product edition

  2. On the Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 2 page, select Assign.

    Products page, with highlighted Assign option

  3. On the Assign page, select Users and groups, and then search for and select the user you're assigning the license. For example, Mary Parker.

    Assign license page, with highlighted search and Select options

  4. Select Assignment options, make sure you have the appropriate license options turned on, and then select OK.

    License option page, with all options available in the edition

    The Assign license page updates to show that a user is selected and that the assignments are configured.

    Note

    Not all Microsoft services are available in all locations. Before a license can be assigned to a user, you must specify the Usage location. You can set this value in the Azure Active Directory > Users > Profile > Settings area in Azure AD.

  5. Select Assign.

    The user is added to the list of licensed users and has access to the included Azure AD services.

To assign a license to an entire group

  1. On the Products page, select the name of the edition you want to assign to the user. For example, Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 2.

    Products blade, with highlighted product edition

  2. On the Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 2 page, select Assign.

    Products page, with highlighted Assign option

  3. On the Assign page, select Users and groups, and then search for and select the group you're assigning the license. For example, MDM policy - West.

    Assign license page, with highlighted search and Select options

  4. Select Assignment options, make sure you have the appropriate license options turned on, and then select OK.

    License option page, with all options available in the edition

    The Assign license page updates to show that a user is selected and that the assignments are configured.

    Note

    Not all Microsoft services are available in all locations. Before a license can be assigned to a group, you must specify the Usage location for all members. You can set this value in the Azure Active Directory > Users > Profile > Settings area in Azure AD. Any user whose usage location is not specified inherits the location of the tenant.

  5. Select Assign.

    The group is added to the list of licensed groups and all of the members have access to the included Azure AD services.

Remove a license

You can remove a license from either a user or a group from the Licenses page.

To remove a license from a specific user

  1. On the Licensed users page for the product edition, select the user that should no longer have the license. For example, Alain Charon.

  2. Select Remove license.

    Licensed users page with Remove license option highlighted

To remove a license from a group

  1. On the Licensed groups page for the product edition, select the group that should no longer have the license. For example, MDM policy - West.

  2. Select Remove license.

    Licensed groups page with Remove license option highlighted

Important

Licenses inherited by a user from a group can't be removed directly. Instead, you have to remove the user from the group from which they're inheriting the license.

Next steps

After you've assigned your licenses, you can perform the following processes: