Change static group membership to dynamic in Microsoft Entra ID

You can change a group's membership from static to dynamic (or vice-versa) In Microsoft Entra ID, part of Microsoft Entra. Microsoft Entra ID keeps the same group name and ID in the system, so all existing references to the group are still valid. If you create a new group instead, you would need to update those references. Dynamic group membership eliminates management overhead adding and removing users. This article tells you how to convert existing groups from static to dynamic membership using either the portal or PowerShell cmdlets.


When changing an existing static group to a dynamic group, all existing members are removed from the group, and then the membership rule is processed to add new members. If the group is used to control access to apps or resources, be aware that the original members might lose access until the membership rule is fully processed.

We recommend that you test the new membership rule beforehand to make sure that the new membership in the group is as expected.

Change the membership type for a group

The following steps can be performed using an account that has either the Global administrator, user administrator or groups administrator roles assigned.

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Groups Administrator.
  2. Select Microsoft Entra ID.
  3. Groups.
  4. From the All groups list, open the group that you want to change.
  5. Select Properties.
  6. On the Properties page for the group, select a Membership type of either Assigned (static), Dynamic User, or Dynamic Device, depending on your desired membership type. For dynamic membership, you can use the rule builder to select options for a simple rule or write a membership rule yourself.

The following steps are an example of changing a group from static to dynamic membership for a group of users.

  1. On the Properties page for your selected group, select a Membership type of Dynamic User, then select Yes on the dialog explaining the changes to the group membership to continue.

    Screenshot of selecting membership type of dynamic user.

  2. Select Add dynamic query, and then provide the rule.

    Screenshot of entering the rule for the dynamic group.

  3. After creating the rule, select Add query at the bottom of the page.

  4. Select Save on the Properties page for the group to save your changes. The Membership type of the group is immediately updated in the group list.


Group conversion might fail if the membership rule you entered was incorrect. A notification is displayed in the upper-right hand corner of the portal that it contains an explanation of why the rule can't be accepted by the system. Read it carefully to understand how you can adjust the rule to make it valid. For examples of rule syntax and a complete list of the supported properties, operators, and values for a membership rule, see Dynamic membership rules for groups in Microsoft Entra ID.

Change membership type for a group (PowerShell)


To change dynamic group properties you will need to use cmdlets from the Microsoft Graph PowerShell module. for more information, see Install the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK.

Here is an example of functions that switch membership management on an existing group. In this example, care is taken to correctly manipulate the GroupTypes property and preserve any values that are unrelated to dynamic membership.

#The moniker for dynamic groups as used in the GroupTypes property of a group object
$dynamicGroupTypeString = "DynamicMembership"

function ConvertDynamicGroupToStatic

    #existing group types
    [System.Collections.ArrayList]$groupTypes = (Get-MgGroup -GroupId $groupId).GroupTypes

    if($groupTypes -eq $null -or !$groupTypes.Contains($dynamicGroupTypeString))
        throw "This group is already a static group. Aborting conversion.";

    #remove the type for dynamic groups, but keep the other type values

    #modify the group properties to make it a static group: i) change GroupTypes to remove the dynamic type, ii) pause execution of the current rule
    Update-MgGroup -GroupId $groupId -GroupTypes $groupTypes.ToArray() -MembershipRuleProcessingState "Paused"

function ConvertStaticGroupToDynamic
    Param([string]$groupId, [string]$dynamicMembershipRule)

    #existing group types
    [System.Collections.ArrayList]$groupTypes = (Get-MgGroup -GroupId $groupId).GroupTypes

    if($groupTypes -ne $null -and $groupTypes.Contains($dynamicGroupTypeString))
        throw "This group is already a dynamic group. Aborting conversion.";
    #add the dynamic group type to existing types

    #modify the group properties to make it a static group: i) change GroupTypes to add the dynamic type, ii) start execution of the rule, iii) set the rule
    Update-MgGroup -GroupId $groupId -GroupTypes $groupTypes.ToArray() -MembershipRuleProcessingState "On" -MembershipRule $dynamicMembershipRule

To make a group static:

ConvertDynamicGroupToStatic "a58913b2-eee4-44f9-beb2-e381c375058f"

To make a group dynamic:

ConvertStaticGroupToDynamic "a58913b2-eee4-44f9-beb2-e381c375058f" "user.displayName -startsWith ""Peter"""

Next steps

These articles provide additional information on groups in Microsoft Entra ID.