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How to Disable Skype for Business in Office 365


This document will help administrators disable Skype for Business from your Office 365 tenant. This is a necessary step in order to use a hosted Skype for Business solution.

Disable Skype for Business from Office365

Disable External Access Policies for Skype for Business

  • Navigate to the Office365 Admin Center (
  • In the navigation pane on the left, scroll sown and select “Skype for Business” from the Admin section.


  • From the Skype for Business admin center, select “organization” from the menu on the left-  hand pane.


  • Select the option for “external communications” from the top of the page.


  • Change the setting for external access to “Off completely”.


  • Click Save.

Disable Skype for Business Online License for each user (do this for every user):

  • Return to the Office 365 Admin Center and click on Users in the navigation pane on the left and then select Active Users.


  • Click on the user to edit it.


  • On the right-  hand side under the “Assigned license”, click Edit.


  • Expand the License Type assigned to the user (i.e. E3 or E4) to display the list of sublicenses available in that plan.
  • Unselect Skype for Business Online.


  • Click Save.
  • For advanced admininstrators, if you would like to use Powershell to make these changes in bulk, you can find more information on how to do so by clicking here.