Delete a user in Office 365

When a user leaves your organization, you may want to delete their user account. This will block them from using the account to access Office 365. And, it frees the Office 365 license so you can assign it to someone else.

For more information how to offboard or remove a former employee from Office 365, see Remove a former employee from Office 365

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 be an Office 365 admin to perform these steps.

  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.

After an account is deleted, the user's data is stored for 30 days. If you restore the work or school account within 30 days, the user account and all associated data are restored.

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

Remove a former employee from Office 365

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