Delete a user in Office 365

There are several steps to removing a former employee from Office 365. For example, we recommend blocking their access and securing their data. Deleting their user account is one of the last things you do.

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 global administrator 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 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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