Remove licenses from your Office 365 for business subscription

You can't remove a license from a subscription if it's assigned to a user. If you want to remove a license that is currently assigned to someone, you'll need to remove the license from the user before you can remove the license from the subscription.

  1. In the Office 365 admin center, go to the Subscriptions page, or choose Billing > Subscriptions.

    In the Office 365 admin center, go to the Subscriptions page, or choose Billing > Subscriptions.

    In the Office 365 admin center, go to the Subscriptions page, or choose Billing > Subscriptions.

  2. On the Subscriptions page, choose the subscription that you want to remove licenses from, then choose Add/Remove licenses.

    What if I don't see the Add/Remove licenses link?

  3. In the Total licenses box, enter the total number of licenses that you need for this subscription and then select Submit. For example, if you have 110 licenses and you want to remove 5 of them, enter 105.

Total licenses box and the Submit button.
The Total licenses box, and the New monthly cost, showing the new total.

What if I don't see the Add/Remove licenses link?

This section describes the reasons why the Add/Remove licenses link might not be available, and what you can do about it.

If a credit check is pending, you’ll see a "Pending credit check" message, and you won’t be able to remove licenses until the credit check is completed. If a credit check is pending, check back later to see if the credit check has completed. Credit checks typically take up to two working days to complete.

Pending credit check message.

After the credit check is complete, you should see the Add/Remove licenses link in the Users section. If so, go to Remove user licenses.

If the subscription was purchased and activated using a 25-character product key product key, you’ll see the text “Prepaid”. If your subscription was prepaid using a product key, you can't remove licenses because they have already been paid for. However, you can remove the extra licenses when you renew the subscription.

How to identify a prepaid subscription.

If the subscription was purchased via a partner, you’ll see the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) link. If your licenses were purchased via a partner then you can’t remove user licenses because they have already been prepaid.

Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) link.

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