It's easy changing your broadband provider between BT and Sky. Find out how in our step-by-step guide.

Whether you're changing your broadband provider from BT to Sky, or from Sky to BT, it's a straightforward process. Start by letting us know in which direction you'd like to change your provider:

Are you switching from BT to Sky, or from Sky to BT?

You can follow the instructions below if you're switching from BT to Sky Broadband.

Are you switching from Sky to BT instead? Tap for instructions.

Step 1: Check your BT cancellation fee

To start with, check whether a cancellation fee will apply for ending your BT broadband service.

If you’re already outside the minimum term of your contract with BT, there will be no cancellation fees for ending your BT broadband service. You’ll simply pay for your BT service until the Sky Broadband go-live date which will be given to you here.

If you’re still within the minimum term of your contract with BT (i.e. the initial 12 months, 18 months or 24 months you signed up for), an early exit fee will apply for ending your BT broadband service. This is typically 82.5% of the remaining monthly charges for the rest of your contract. You can get a quote for what this exit fee will be by calling BT customer services on 0800 800 150. Alternatively, there’s more information on how to calculate it within our guide to cancelling BT.

If you’re not sure when your current BT broadband contract comes to an end, you can check by logging in to My BT and going to the My orders section. You’ll find the contract end date within the terms of your previously signed BT Broadband contract.

If you have a BT TV subscription, this will be cancelled automatically along with your BT Broadband service. Meanwhile, if you have a BT Mobile plan, you can keep this but you’ll lose the £5 monthly discount for being a BT Broadband customer.

Step 2: Order your Sky Broadband service

To progress with your broadband switch from BT to Sky, go to Sky’s website to order your new Sky broadband service.

For more information, select the type of broadband service you're planning to switch to on Sky:

At present, Sky offers a range of home broadband plans including the following:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMonthly Price
Sky Broadband
Sky Superfast 35

36Mbps
average download

No TV
£25/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky Superfast

59Mbps
average download

No TV
£26/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky TV Essentials with Superfast 35 Broadband

36Mbps
average download
Sky TV Essentials

200+ channels included
£30/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky TV Essentials with Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky TV Essentials

200+ channels included
£30/month
for 18 months
plus £25 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky Ultrafast

145Mbps
average download

No TV
£32/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Superfast 35 Broadband

36Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£39/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky Ultrafast Plus

500Mbps
average download

No TV
£42/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£42/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Superfast 35 Broadband

36Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£43/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Ultrafast Broadband

145Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£46/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£46/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Ultrafast Broadband

145Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£50/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky Gigafast

900Mbps
average download

No TV
£52/month
for 18 months
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Ultrafast Plus Broadband

500Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£56/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Ultrafast Plus Broadband

500Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£60/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Sky Sports & Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticSky Sports
Sky TV with Sky Sports

300+ channels included
£60/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Gigafast Broadband

900Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£70/month
for 18 months
plus £20 upfront

See all Sky Broadband Deals →

During the online order process, Sky will give you an expected download speed as well as a minimum guaranteed speed for your service. Both of these will be specific to your address. You'll also be given a go-live date for when your broadband service will transfer from BT to Sky.

If you'd like to keep your current home phone or landline number, remember to provide this phone number when ordering your broadband package from Sky. As long as you do this, Sky will arrange for your phone number to be moved over to their service.

There's no need for you to contact BT to cancel your old home broadband service. This is because the old BT service will be cancelled for you automatically on the go-live date when your broadband service transfers to Sky.

Step 3: Plug in your Sky Broadband Hub on the go-live date

In advance of your broadband service switching over, Sky will send you a new Sky Broadband Hub through the post.

On the go-live date for your Sky broadband service, you can expect your broadband service to stop working for a couple of minutes. When this happens, it'll be time to plug in your new Sky Broadband Hub. There'll be instructions inside the package on how you can set up the new Sky Broadband Hub.

Your new Sky Broadband Hub will initially be configured with a different Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. On all of the devices that were previously connected to your BT router, you'll therefore need to sign in again to the Wi-Fi network using the new details provided by Sky. For instance, you may need to log in again on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices.

Alternatively, if it's too much hassle setting up Wi-Fi again on all of your devices, you can log in to Sky Broadband Hub administration screen to change the Wi-Fi network details back to what you had before on BT.

If you’re using a Wi-Fi repeater or a mesh networking solution such as BT Whole Home Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi, you’ll need to set it up again at this point to work with your new Sky Broadband Hub.

Step 4: Return or recycle your old BT router

Once your new Sky broadband service goes live, your old BT broadband service will be cancelled automatically. You’ll receive a final bill from BT following the cancellation, which will reflect your usage of their service up until cancellation.

After the transfer of your service to Sky, you may need to return your old hub to BT:

  • If you signed up to BT Broadband after the 13th December 2019, you’ll have 60 days to return your old BT Broadband Hub. A fee of around £50 will be charged if you fail to return it.
  • If you signed up to BT Broadband before the 13th December 2019, you can decide what to do with the old hub. You’re encouraged to return it or recycle it if possible to minimise electronic waste.

Alternatively, if you bought your own equipment through BT’s online store, it’s yours to keep and there’s no need to return it.

If you’re still using a BT-provided e-mail address, this will stop working 60 days after you cancel your BT Broadband service. If you’d like to keep it, you’ll need to pay for BT’s Premium Email service which costs £7.50/month for up to 11 email addresses. Email addresses provided by BT end with @btinternet.com, @btopenworld.com or @talk21.com.

Sky also offers an e-mail service for their broadband customers. However, we'd typically recommend signing up for a free email provider instead (such as Gmail or Outlook.com). These free email services aren’t linked to your broadband provider so you can easily change your broadband service again in the future with a lot less hassle.

Start your switch from BT to Sky →

More Information

Please see the Sky website for more information about switching to their broadband service.

You can follow the instructions below if you're switching from Sky to BT Broadband.

Are you switching from BT to Sky instead? Tap for instructions.

Step 1: Check your Sky cancellation fee

To start with, check whether a cancellation fee will apply for ending your Sky broadband service.

If you’re already outside the minimum term of your contract with Sky, there will be no cancellation fees for ending your Sky broadband service. You’ll simply pay for your Sky service until the BT Broadband go-live date which will be given to you here.

If you’re still within the minimum term of your contract with Sky (i.e. the initial 12 months, 18 months or 24 months you signed up for), an early exit fee will apply for ending your Sky broadband service. This cancellation fee is plan-dependent but is typically £12.41 to £24.23 for each remaining month on your plan. You can get a quote for what this exit fee will be by calling Sky customer services on 0333 7591 018. Alternatively, there’s more information on how to calculate it within our guide to cancelling Sky.

You can find the contract end date for your Sky Broadband service by logging in to your My Sky account. Once you’ve logged in, go to your Message Centre followed by Your Contracts. Choose your broadband plan to see details of the end date.

If you have other services such as Sky TV or Sky Mobile, these are separate from your Sky broadband service. You’ll need to contact Sky separately if you’d like to cancel these services at the same time.

Step 2: Order your BT Broadband service

To progress with your broadband switch from Sky to BT, go to BT’s website to order your new BT broadband service.

For more information, select the type of broadband service you're planning to switch to on BT:

At present, BT offers a range of home broadband plans including the following:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
BT
Fibre Essential
36Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£24.99/month
BT
ADSL Broadband
10Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£27.99/month
BT
Fibre 1
50Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£29.99/month
with £70 reward card
BT
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£29.99/month
with £110 reward card
BT
Full Fibre 100
150Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£35.99/month
with £50 reward card
BT
Full Fibre 500
500Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£45.99/month
with £50 reward card
BT
Full Fibre 900
910Mbps download24 month contract£29.99£55.99/month
with £50 reward card

See all BT Broadband Deals →

During the online order process, BT will give you an expected download speed as well as a minimum guaranteed speed for your service. Both of these will be specific to your address. You'll also be given a go-live date for when your broadband service will transfer from Sky to BT.

If you'd like to keep your current home phone or landline number, remember to provide this phone number when ordering your broadband package from BT. As long as you do this, BT will arrange for your phone number to be moved over to their service.

There's no need for you to contact Sky to cancel your old home broadband service. This is because the old Sky service will be cancelled for you automatically on the go-live date when your broadband service transfers to BT.

Step 3: Plug in your BT Smart Hub on the go-live date

In advance of your broadband service switching over, BT will send you a new BT Smart Hub through the post. Most customers will be sent the original BT Smart Hub. However, if you sign up for a Hybrid Connect, Complete Wi-Fi, Digital Voice or Full Fibre service, you’ll be sent a BT Smart Hub 2 router instead.

On the go-live date for your BT broadband service, you can expect your broadband service to stop working for a couple of minutes. When this happens, it'll be time to plug in your new BT Smart Hub. There'll be instructions inside the package on how you can set up the new BT Smart Hub.

Your new BT Smart Hub will initially be configured with a different Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. On all of the devices that were previously connected to your Sky router, you'll therefore need to sign in again to the Wi-Fi network using the new details provided by BT. For instance, you may need to log in again on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices.

Alternatively, if it's too much hassle setting up Wi-Fi again on all of your devices, you can log in to BT Smart Hub administration screen to change the Wi-Fi network details back to what you had before on Sky.

If you’re using a Wi-Fi repeater or a mesh networking solution such as BT Whole Home Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi, you’ll need to set it up again at this point to work with your new BT Smart Hub.

Step 4: Return or recycle your old Sky router

Once your new BT broadband service goes live, your old Sky broadband service will be cancelled automatically. You’ll receive a final bill from Sky following the cancellation, which will reflect your usage of their service up until cancellation.

If you have an old Sky Broadband router, you’ll need to return it if you have Sky Q or if you joined Sky Broadband after the 4th March 2020. If you don’t, a non-return fee will be charged on your final bill. For everyone else, it’s optional to return your old Sky broadband router but we’d recommend it to reduce the amount of electrical waste.

If you’re using a Sky email address, you can keep it at no additional cost when you cancel your home broadband service. However, you’ll need to make sure you sign in to your account at least once every six months to stop it from being deleted. Email addresses provided by Sky end in @sky.com.

BT also offers an e-mail service for their broadband customers. However, we'd typically recommend signing up for a free email provider instead (such as Gmail or Outlook.com). These free email services aren’t linked to your broadband provider so you can easily change your broadband service again in the future with a lot less hassle.

Start your switch from Sky to BT →

More Information

Please see the BT website for more information about switching to their broadband service.

Alternatively, for further information, read our in-depth guides to switching broadband provider or cancelling your home broadband service in the UK.

Your Comments 19 so far

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 19 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  • I’m with TalkTalk, I’m about to switch to virgins fibre (they’ve just dug up the road so a different cable), my question…if I switch back to TalkTalk or BT at the end of the 18 months will I need to pay to be reconnected back onto the old copper cable?

    • Hi Ken,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, there might be an additional reconnection fee when you move back to BT/TalkTalk after 18 months. Having said that, if you’re willing to shop around the Openreach providers (e.g. BT, EE, Plusnet, Shell, TalkTalk, Vodafone, etc), you should normally be able to find a provider that offers you free reconnection 🙂
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • SSE, now OVO, are going to talktalk, including unlimited copper broadband (NOT fibre). I went to SSE from O2 decade ago because I didn’t want to be switched to the sky buyer, and deliberately didn’t switch to anything to do with sky, talktalk or any flavour of BT, hidden or upfront incarnations of said.

    Now, I’ve got the gist of switching, and apparently you don’t have to talk to your current provider. The issue is, do I have to chase SSE to send the router back once switched? Or will the switchee organise a return bag to be send from SSE for that too? I’m currenlty favouring shell energy fast broadband.

    I’m also getting fed up of having my service providers disappear from under me so that I end up switched for nearly all utilities, except water which I’d love to switch to another provider for and save a lot of money.

    No double Shell will sell of their broadband too, and for non-cable it will just be bt in many various forms and sky, seeing as they have been discussing buying talktalk.

    So much for privatisation leading to choice and market competition.

  • ChocolateKittyKatt said:

    Evening.
    I don’t suppose you know about the landline?
    In that! BT currently provide my broadband AND landline, I’m looking preferably at just broadband only (no landline)
    Browsing TopCashBack to switch, Sky say that their monthly price includes line rental – so my approach is that the line remains but i don’t fork out an extra £200/pa for the line as i’ll pay my monthly broadband fee only to Sky

    What i want to check is that i don’t have to then pay BT for the landline on top of the sky broadband

    • Hi there,
      The landline (i.e. the physical connection) will be switched together with your broadband service. With regards to the home phone service (which is sometimes also called the ‘landline’), this is included on Sky and on a number of other providers. Some providers (e.g. BT and EE) charge extra for the home phone service. Regardless, whichever provider you choose, there’s no need to pay a separate a line rental fee to a different company.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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