Turn off directory synchronization for Microsoft 365

You can use PowerShell to turn off directory synchronization and convert your synchronized users to cloud-only. However, it isn't recommended that you turn off directory synchronization as a troubleshooting step. If you need assistance with troubleshooting directory synchronization, see the Fixing problems with directory synchronization for Microsoft 365 article.

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Turn off directory synchronization

To turn off Directory synchronization:

  1. First, install the required software and connect to your Microsoft 365 subscription. For instructions, see Connect with the Microsoft Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell.

  2. Use Set-MsolDirSyncEnabled to disable directory synchronization:

Set-MsolDirSyncEnabled -EnableDirSync $false


If you use this command, you must wait 72 hours before you can turn directory synchronization back on.

Visit Set-MsolDirSyncEnabled for more detailed information on cmdlet usage and switches.