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How to Delete your Microsoft account ?

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    November 5, 2019 2:56 PM EST

    Companies usually give you a bit of guff when you try deleting an account with them, but Microsoft has relatively few of hoops to jump through to do so. No matter the reason for deleting your Microsoft account — switching to a new one, moving to a different OS, or just testing things out — the process remains the same. Here's how to do it.

    How to completely delete your Microsoft account

    Once you've tied up any loose ends, you can delete your Microsoft account.

     

    Navigate to the Close your account page of the Microsoft website.

    Type the email address associated with your Microsoft account.

    Click Next.

     

    Type your email address. Click Next.

    Type your password.

    Click Sign in.

     

    Type your password. Click Sign in.

    Click Next.

    Click each checkbox after reading each one and understanding the ramifications of deleting your account.

     

    Click Next. Click each checkbox.

    Click the dropdown arrow in the Select a reason field.

    Click an option.

     

    Click the dropdown arrow. Click an option.

    Click Mark account for closure.

    Click Done.

     

    Click Mark account for closure. Click Done.

     

    How to retrieve your Microsoft account within 60 days

     

    If you realize you've made a mistake and you'd like to restore

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     your Microsoft account, you can do so within 60 days.

     

    Navigate to the Microsoft login page.

    Type your username.

    Click Next.

     

    Type your username. Click Next.

    Type your password.

    Click Sign in.

     

    Type your password. Click Sign in.

    Click Continue — I want to reopen this account. You'll be asked to verify the account with a security question. In this case, we used a secondary email address as a backup.

    Type the backup email address.

     

    Click Continue - I want to reopen this account. Type the backup email address.

    Click Send code.

    Type the code you receive, whether in email or text.

     

    Click Send code. Type the code.

    Click Next.

    Click Done.

    Click Next. Click Done.

    You can now continue using your Microsoft account as usual.