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How to Delete Your Microsoft Account Permanently – 2018

Posted on the 21 September 2018 by Viney Dhiman @vineydhiman

Want to delete your Microsoft Account permanently? The blog post will walk through step by step guide on how to do that.

How to Delete Your Microsoft Account Permanently - 2018

Microsoft offers a variety of products and services right? You can access services like Bing search engine without a Microsoft account, but if you want to access other products like OneDrive, Office Online, recently launched Microsoft To-Do, then you require a Microsoft account.

Most of the users with primary webmail service as Gmail only create Microsoft account to use products and services offered by Microsoft. Over time, when these users stop using Microsoft products or services, they want to delete or close Microsoft account permanently.

If you made up so far, then there is not that you’re also looking for a way to close Microsoft account. Right? Fortunately, deleting your Microsoft account is super easy.

What is Recommended

Before you start following instructions on how to delete Microsoft account, it is my personal recommendation that don’t close your Microsoft account. Why?

It is free and there is no strings attached to it. Also in future, maybe you want to try any of the Microsoft service, In that situation you need to create new Microsoft account to use the same service.

Frankly speaking there is no solid reason to delete Microsoft account unless you already have alternate Microsoft acount.

Keep in Mind

Once you permanently delete your Microsoft account, it will delete all your emails, account balances, attachments and other useful data which you have stored in your Microsoft OneDrive account. And Yes, You will also lose your contacts.

Still, you want to delete your Microsoft account, then you must create a backup of important data from OneDrive which includes emails, attachments, contacts and related stuff.

Disclaimer: The steps which you’re going to follow in upcoming lines will permanently delete your Microsoft account and you will lose all the data associated with it.

Close and Delete Microsoft Account Permanently

1. First of all, you need to visit this Microsoft webpage and log in to your Microsoft account which you want to close and delete permanently.

2. Once you’re logged into your Microsoft account, you will see the following messages which read “Make sure [email protected] or [email protected] is ready to close.”

Make sure you're ready to close your microsoft account

Click on the Next button at the bottom to continue.

3. On the next page, you will see following heading “Mark xyz @hotmail .com for closure.”  Here you will find various check boxes. You need to check all of them if you want to delete your account.

Note: It is recommended to read all of them before checking these check boxes.

Below this, there will be a drop down using which you need to tell the Microsoft why you’re closing your account.

mark microsoft account for closure

Select the appropriate reason and click on the button which reads “Mark account for closure.

4. Your account will be logged out automatically. On the next, you will see the message which reads:

[email protected] will be closed on dd/mm/year

microsoft account will be closed

If you want: At this point, you can cancel the closure and reopen your Microsoft account by signing back in within 60 days. To reopen, you’ll need to be able to prove you’re you using your current account security info.

5. Click on the Done button and your account will be permanently deleted from Microsoft servers on the date mentioned on the page.

Congratulation, you have successfully deleted your Microsoft Account.

Reopen Microsoft account

According to Microsoft, when you delete your Microsoft account, the company does not remove it from Microsoft servers. They wait for 60 days before deleting your account permanently. This means you have 60 days to reactivate your closed Microsoft account.

So you have changed your mind within 60 days and now want to reactivate your Microsoft account, right? All you need to do is:

1. Visit this Microsoft webpage login using the same credential. You will see the following screen:

reopen microsoft account

Click on the “Reopen account button.

2. You will be asked to enter the recovery email address in the space provided. Type the email id and click on the Send code button.

help us protect your account - microsoft account

Next, you will receive the seven-digit security code on the same email. Copy and paste in the space provided in next screen

Once you enter the right security code, you will see a screen with a message:

Your account is now reopened.

This account is no longer marked for closure, and everything should be as you left it. Welcome back!

microsoft account is reopened now

That’s it.

Find this blog post on how to delete Microsoft account useful? Why you delete your Microsoft account? I’m very much interested to know the answer to both the question.

The comment section is all yours. You can start the conversation.


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