How to Delete Microsoft Account Permanently?

Last Updated: Feb 6, 2024 by

If you no longer use your Microsoft account or want to switch to a different account, you may be wondering how to delete it permanently. Deleting your Microsoft account is a simple process, but it’s important to understand the consequences before taking this step. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to delete your Microsoft account permanently.

Backup Your Data

Before deleting your Microsoft account, it’s important to backup any important data that you may have stored in your account. This includes emails, files, and any other important information. Once your account is deleted, you will no longer have access to this data.

Cancel Subscriptions

If you have any subscriptions linked to your Microsoft account, such as Xbox Live or Office 365, make sure to cancel them before deleting your account. Otherwise, you may continue to be charged for these services even after your account is deleted.

Delete Linked Accounts

If you have linked your Microsoft account to other services, such as Skype or LinkedIn, make sure to unlink them before deleting your account. This will prevent any issues with accessing these services in the future.

Close Your Account

To delete your Microsoft account, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the “Security” tab.
  3. Under “More security options,” click on “Close my account.”
  4. Read the information provided and click on “Next.”
  5. Select a reason for closing your account and click on “Mark account for closure.”
  6. Click on “Done.”

Wait for 60 Days

After closing your account, Microsoft will give you a 60-day grace period before permanently deleting your account. During this time, you can still sign in and reactivate your account if you change your mind. After 60 days, your account will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.

Delete Microsoft Authenticator App

If you have used the Microsoft Authenticator app for two-factor authentication, you will need to delete your account from the app as well. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app.
  2. Tap on the three dots in the top right corner.
  3. Select “Accounts.”
  4. Tap and hold on your Microsoft account.
  5. Select “Delete.”

Final Thoughts

Deleting your Microsoft account is a permanent decision and cannot be undone. Make sure to carefully consider the consequences before proceeding with the deletion process. If you are unsure, you can always deactivate your account instead of permanently deleting it.

Have you ever deleted a Microsoft account? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments.

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