Buy or remove licenses

You can buy more licenses or reduce the number of licenses for your subscriptions by using the following steps.

Note

For some subscriptions, you can only cancel during a limited window of time after you buy or renew your subscription. If the cancellation window has passed, turn off recurring billing to cancel the subscription at the end of its term.

Before you begin

  • You must be either a Global or Billing admin to do the tasks described in this article. For more information, see About admin roles.
  • You can add users and assign licenses at the same time.
  • If you bought your Microsoft 365 for business or Office 365 Enterprise plan through a third-party partner, you must buy additional licenses through that partner.

Watch: Buy new licenses

If the people who you’re buying licenses for aren’t active users in your organization yet, the next thing to do is add users and assign licenses at the same time.

Watch: Remove existing licenses

If you’ve removed licenses from a subscription, the next thing to do is delete users from your organization.

Buy or remove licenses for your business subscription

  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Your products page.
  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Your products page.
  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Your products page.
  1. On the Products tab, find the subscription for which you want to buy or remove licenses. Select the three dots (more actions), then select Buy licenses. What if I don't see the Buy licenses or Remove licenses buttons?

  2. If you want to reduce the number of licenses, at the top of the Buy licenses pane, select remove licenses.

  3. To buy or remove licenses, under New quantity in the Total licenses box, enter the total number of licenses that you want for this subscription. For example, if you have 100 licenses and you want to add five more, enter 105. If you want to remove five of them, enter 95.

  4. Select Save.

Note

You can't reduce the number of licenses for your subscription if all licenses are currently assigned to users. To reduce the number of licenses, first unassign one or more licenses from users, then remove the licenses from the subscription.

What if I don't see the Buy licenses or Remove licenses buttons?

This table describes the reasons why the Buy licenses or Remove licenses buttons aren't available, and possible solutions.

Reason Description Solution
A credit check is pending. If a credit check is pending, you can't buy or remove licenses until the credit check is complete. Check back later to see if the credit check has completed. Credit checks typically take up to two working days to complete.
After the credit check is complete, you should see the Buy licenses and Remove licenses buttons.
You activated the subscription by using a product key. If the subscription was bought and activated by using a 25-character product key, you see the word "Prepaid" in the Purchase channel column of the Your products page. See Add licenses to a subscription paid for using a product key.
You bought your subscription through a reseller. You see the word "Reseller" in the Purchase channel column of the Your products page. If the subscription was bought via a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner, contact your CSP partner to buy more licenses.
You have a trial subscription. To view your trial subscriptions, select the filter button, then choose Trial. First buy your trial subscription, then you can buy more licenses.

When will the new licenses be available to assign?

The payment method associated with your subscription or billing profile is charged as soon as you buy more licenses for a subscription. The licenses are immediately available for you to assign to users.

If you prepaid for your subscription with a product key, you can add more licenses by using another product key, or by adding a credit or debit card, or bank account to cover the additional cost of the new licenses. If your subscription is prepaid, you can't remove licenses.

How does buying or removing licenses affect my billing statements?

  • Licenses added in the middle of your billing period appear on your next invoice. If you pay annually, you are invoiced within a month for these changes.
  • On your next billing statement, the previous charge for the original number of licenses is deducted. We add a prorated charge for the time period with the original number of licenses and add a charge for the new license count. There's also a charge for the current license count for the remainder of your billing period.

Next steps

If you bought more licenses for your subscription, the next thing you should do is assign those licenses to users in your organization.

If you reduced the number of licenses for your subscription because someone has left your organization, you might want to remove that user’s account. To learn more, see Remove a former employee.

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Understand subscriptions and licenses (article)
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