How to close your Microsoft account

How To Delete Microsoft Account Permanently

How to close your Microsoft account

Skype accounts must be associated with a Microsoft account before they can be closed. Follow the previous steps to close an account, and sign in with your Skype account. You are prompted to add an email address to create a Microsoft account. Make sure to use an email address that isnt already associated with a Microsoft account. Once that is complete, you can continue with the steps to close your account.

So, before you close your account, take some time to tie up loose ends, cancel subscriptions, and make sure you don’t leave anything important behind—like files, money from gift cards, or emails. And dont forget to consider less common services where you use your account. For example, use your remaining Online Commercial Support benefit and for developers, transfer any packages you saved on NuGet.org.

Devices like Windows phones, computers running Windows 8.1 or later, Surface tablets, and Xbox consoles all work best with a Microsoft account. Some of these devices will still work—to a degree—but you won’t be able to use all their apps and features. Before you close your account, consider setting these devices up with a different Microsoft account so that you can still sign in.

If youre a developer and you want to retain control of any packages you own on NuGet.org, be sure to first transfer the ownership of these packages to a different account before deleting the existing account. For more information about how to do this, see How to delete my NuGet.org account.

There is some data you cant save when you close your Microsoft account. Youll no longer be able to access music youve downloaded using an Xbox Music Pass. (Music and videos youve purchased outright will still be playable but cant be transferred to another device.) Your game progress, Gamerscore, and Gamertag on Xbox Live will be lost.

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