How to delete your Microsoft account

Like any other operating system, Windows requires an account to access Microsoft’s features and apps. A Microsoft account gives you access to a wide range of Microsoft’s services, including Xbox, Skype, Outlook, Windows Store, and much more. If you are planning to move to macOS or create a new account, you will be happy to know that Microsoft allows you to delete your old account for any reason.

Deleting a Microsoft account is not obvious to many folks. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out. Before trying to delete your Microsoft account, there are a couple of things you should do to avoid possible issues during the process.

Before we get started…

  • Make sure you have already canceled subscriptions to all the services using your Microsoft account ID. If not, do it first. Once you have deleted your Microsoft account, you will not be able to access the services you have subscribed to using that account.
  • If you are now using your Microsoft account (that you wish to delete) to store data in storage services like OneDrive or Outlook, make sure that you have created a backup of your personal data before moving ahead.
  • Reset Protection is a great addition to Windows, as it helps you secure your device in case it is stolen or lost. Before trying to delete your Microsoft account, make sure that you have turned off Reset Protection.

Assuming that you have already met all the above-mentioned requirements, let’s proceed with our step-by-step guide.

  1. How to delete your Microsoft account

Step one: First off, fire up your preferred web browser and head over to this link. Once you are in, enter your email address linked to your Microsoft account to proceed

Step two: Once you are done, hit the Next button and proceed with typing your password. After that, hit Sign in and make sure that you check all boxes before moving to the next step

Step three: When you are in, navigate to the bottom of page, then hit the dropdown arrow button and select the reason why you want to delete your account from the drop-down menu

Step four: Once you are done, click Mark account for closure at the bottom of the page and then hit Done.

  1. How to restore your Microsoft account

Once you have deleted your Microsoft account, you have 60 days to retrieve your account before it’s gone for good. If you change your mind, follow the given below directions to restore your Microsoft account.

Step one: Head over to Microsoft login page, enter your username and hit Next to proceed

Step two: Next up, you need to type your password and then proceed with clicking Sign in button. On the next screen, make sure that you select Continue-I want to reopen this account

Step three: Verify your account. You can provide your secondary email address to receive a code. Once you are done, hit Send Code to proceed

Step four: Enter the code you receive in email, then click Next and hit Done to complete the task.

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