Delete a user in Office 365

Before you delete a user's Office 365 account, we recommend you save the user's email and OneDrive data, and take other steps to protect your business. See Remove a former employee from Office 365.

After you delete a user's account, you have 30 days 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 Office 365 global admin or user management admin permissions to do this.

  1. Sign in with your Office 365 admin account at

  2. In the Admin center, select Users.

    Click on User.

  3. On the Active Users page, 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.

  4. 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 instructions, see this TechNet article: Delete a User Account.

If you are using Azure Active Directory, see the Remove-MsolUser PowerShell cmdlet.

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

Get access to and back up a former user's data

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