Delete a user in Office 365

There are multiple steps to removing a former employee from Office 365. For example, block access to Office 365, reroute any new email sent to the user, and back up the user's OneDrive and mail data. The last step is deleting their user account, which is described in this article.

When you delete a user, their account becomes inactive for 30 days. You have until then to restore the account before the user's data is permanently deleted.

Tip: You can re-assign a license without deleting the related account. To learn more, see Assign or remove a license.

Delete an account for one or more users

You must have global administrator permissions to do this.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.

  3. Go to Users > Active Users.

  4. Choose the names of the users that you want to delete, and then select Delete or Delete user Delete .

    Your screen might look like either of the following screenshots:

    Delete a user in Office 365.

    Delete a user in Office 365.

  5. On the confirmation page, select Delete.

The account is now inactive.

If your organization synchronizes user accounts to Office 365 from a local Active Directory environment, you must delete and restore those user accounts in your local Active Directory service. You can’t delete or restore them in Office 365.

For more information about synchronizing user accounts to Active Directory, see Activate synced users.

Do you want to delete a user on the go? Use your mobile device. Get the app here: Office 365 admin mobile app. Enter your mobile device number and we’ll text it to you or you can get it from your mobile device’s store.

See Also

Restore a user

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