How to Delete Microsoft Account

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How to delete Microsoft account: Many companies are not so pleasing ideas when you try to delete the account you create with them, but Microsoft wouldn’t ask you to walk through complicated steps. The reason can differ as why you wish to delete your account for example you are buying a new phone, switching to another OS or just any reason, the entire process is the same. Let us learn how to do it.

What to do before deleting Microsoft account

You need to focus on certain things before you permanently delete your Microsoft account, and here are those things mentioned below

1. Cancel your subscriptions

In case you had subscribed to some services using the Microsoft email id then make sure you cancel all the subscriptions. In case you do not do so, you will not be able to use those services post deletion of your account.

 2. Try to set up an automated email message forward

In case you have email accounts in with,, or, then you will have to wait for almost 60 days before the final deletion of account takes place and you will not be able to access your emails too. In such cases you can send the messages manually to inform others that your account will be deleted else you can also set an automated message to let others know.

3. Utilize money

After your Microsoft account gets deleted, all the money you invested in different programs will also get wasted. Make sure before planning to delete your account you spend the money remaining. The money that you may lose is like your Skype credit etc.

4. Take care of your data

When you were using Microsoft account, you may have stored lot of your pictures, documents and other data in OneDrive/emails in your Outlook. Post deletion of your account, you will not be able to access your stored data in case you have not taken back up of the data somewhere else.

5. If enabled – turn off reset protection:

In case the reset protection is enabled on the devices you are using, make sure you disable it before you delete your account.

Note: In case after deleting your Microsoft account you find out that there is some program not working, then there is still a period of 60 days available for you to get back your Microsoft account before Microsoft deletes it permanently.

How to Delete Microsoft Account

  1. Head to the Microsoft website page and search for the link Close your account
  2. Enter your email address linked to your Microsoft account.
  3. Click – Next.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Click on – Sign in.
  6. Click – Next.
  7. Read every checkbox carefully and then click them after you understand the consequences of account deletion.
  8. Click on – Drop down arrow seen in field – Select a reason
  9. Click – option.
  10. Click – Mark account for closure
  11. Click – Done

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The steps above will help you delete Microsoft account completely.

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Ajit Yadav

Author Bio: Ajit yadav is a professional blogger and co-founder of WindowsClassroom. He is a software engineer by education and blogger & writer by profession.

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