Enable Microsoft 365 usage analytics

Microsoft 365 usage analytics is also available for Office 365 US Government Community.

Steps to enable Microsoft 365 usage analytics

To get started with Microsoft 365 usage analytics you must first make the data available in the Microsoft 365 admin center, then initiate the content pack in Power BI.

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Enable the content pack

To enable the content pack, you have to be either a global administrator, report reader, Exchange administrator, Skype for Business administrator, or SharePoint administrator.

See About admin roles for more information.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Reports > Usage page.

  2. On the Usage page, locate the Microsoft 365 usage analytics card, and select Get started.

  3. On the Reports panel that opens, set Make data available to Microsoft 365 usage analytics for Power BI to On > Save.

This initiates the data collection process and will complete in 2 to 48 hours depending on the size of your tenant. The Go to Power BI button will be enabled (no longer gray) when data collection is complete.

Initiate the content pack

To initiate the content pack, you have to be either a global administrator, report reader, Exchange administrator, Skype for Business administrator, or SharePoint administrator.

  1. Copy the tenant Id and select Go to Power BI.

  2. When you get to Power BI, sign in. Select Get Data, then under More ways to create your own content, select Service Content Packs.

    Under Content Pack Library, in Services, select Get.

  3. In the Apps tab, type Microsoft 365 in the search box and then select Microsoft 365 usage analytics > Get it now.

  4. On the Connect to Microsoft 365 usage analytics screen, type in the tenant Id you copied in step (1) > Next.

  5. On the next screen, select oAuth2 as the Authentication method > Sign in. If you choose any other authentication method, the connection to the content pack will fail.

    Choose oAuth2 as authentication method

  6. Once the content pack is instantiated the Microsoft 365 usage analytics dashboard will be available in Power BI on the web. The initial loading of the dashboard will take between 2 to 30 minutes.

Tenant level aggregates will be available in all reports. User-level details will only become available after the 1st or 15th day of the calendar month after opting in. This will impact the following reports - which will show tiles without data - until that point:

See [Navigate and utilize the reports in Microsoft 365 usage analytics](navigate-and-utilize-reports.md) for tips on how to view and use these reports. 
  • Exchange - User activity

  • Skype for Business - User activity

  • Teams - User activity

  • Yammer - User activity

  • OneDrive - User activity

  • SharePoint - User activity

  • Adoption by department

  • Adoption by product

  • Adoption by region

  • Yammer usage

Make the collected data anonymous

To make the data that is collected for all reports anonymous, you have to be a global administrator. This will hide identifiable information such as user, group and site names in reports and in the content pack .

  1. In the admin center, go to the Settings > Services & add-ins page.

  2. Select Reports, and then choose to Display anonymous identifiers. This setting gets applied both to the usage reports as well as to the content pack.

  3. Select Save changes.