Whether you no longer want it or because you have multiple accounts, you can anytime close your Microsoft account by following the information provided below. However, when trying to delete your account, Microsoft would like to make sure of two things. Firstly, that you are the rightful owner of the account and second, that you aren’t leaving anything important in your account which you may need in future. So, if you are the actual owner of the account and want to permanently delete your account, you can easily do so by following the step-by-step instructions provided below.
Steps to Delete Microsoft Account
Before moving on to the steps, as mentioned above, you shouldn’t leave anything important in your account that you may need later. Once you would have closed your account, you will not be able to have access to anything in your account. Therefore, it is suggested to consider the following before closing your Microsoft account permanently.
- Make sure to utilize the money (if any) in your account.
- Take a backup of your important files and data.
- Cancel any ongoing subscriptions associated with your Microsoft account.
- Make sure to manage your kids’ Microsoft accounts (if any).
- Make sure to inform people as to how they can contact you.
Once you have considered these recommendations, you can follow these steps to permanently delete your Microsoft account.
1.) On your computer, sign in to your Microsoft account which you wish to delete.
2.) Once you are logged in to your Microsoft account, go to Close Your Microsoft Account page.
3.) You will be directed to the account closure screen where you will be prompted to go through the information mentioned before closing your Microsoft account.
4.) Once you have gone through the information provided, click on the Next button.
5.) Then, on the next screen, simply checkbox next to the provided information to acknowledge that you read and understood them thoroughly.
6.) Next, from the Select a reason drop-down list, you will need to select the reason for closing the account.
7.) After selecting the appropriate reason from the list, you will need to click on the Mark account for closure.
And this is how you can close your Microsoft account permanently. In order to make your Microsoft account recoverable in case you change your mind or wish to access something important from your account, Microsoft waits for 60 days before permanently deleting your account. To reopen your account, you just need to log in to your account as usual within 60 days of closing it. Beyond 60 days, you will not be able to access your Microsoft account at all.