Delete Or Close Hotmail Account

Hotmail email id, now known as Outlook email id, is free to sign up and free to use. Though there may be some reason for people to terminate their Hotmail email account. If you want to terminate ordelete Hotmail account permanently, you may want to consider few things prior to your account termination.

Before you delete Hotmail account permanently

  • Once you delete or deactivate Hotmail account you will lose all your prior emails, contacts, and calendar. So make sure you have retrieved all the information you need before canceling your Hotmail account.
  • If you delete Hotmail account you will loss all of your files from OneDrive also. And you cannot get them back after a certain time.
  • You will lose all of your Microsoft office login information. You will lose your Skype and Xbox also after you delete Hotmail account.
  • If there is any money or credit in your Hotmail account you will lose it. So use all your money before deactivating Hotmail account.
  • Let people know where to contact you now-after. When you delete Hotmail account you can set an automatic reply to users who mail you for 60 days. Create a automatic reply and tell people where you can be contacted further.
  • Your product key of devices you purchased, applications you’ve purchased will be removed after you delete Hotmail email account. You will also lose all the information which are stored in Microsoft through your Hotmail email.

After you consider all above things carefully and still want to deactivate Hotmail account here are the steps.

STEP 1 : Sign in to Outlook (formerly Hotmail). Enter your Hotmail address and password to login and open your inbox.

STEP 2 : Click your profile image in the upper-right corner of the inbox.


STEP 3 : Select "View Account".


STEP 4 : You will get into Hotmail account setting page with many options. There will be vertical list of tabs with name “Home” “your info” etc. at last tab of that vertical list there is “Security & privacy” click that.

STEP 5 : There will be two options, “Account security” and “Online safety” and in “Account security list there is “more security option” click on that.

STEP 6 : Verify your account (if necessary). You may be asked to verify your account if you are using a browser you don't normally use. Microsoft will send a code to your backup email address. If you don't have access to your backup email address, select "I don't have these anymore".

STEP 7 : On the next security setting page scroll down to the bottom, you will see an option, “Close your account“.

STEP 8: will ask you to make sure your Hotmail id is ready to close. Click on next button.

STEP 9 : You will be asked to mark several check box asking you to read and understand consequence of deleting account. And you will also be asked to reply why you want to delete Hotmail account. Click on next after checking all box.

STEP 10 : A notification will there notifying you can re-open your Hotmail account within next 60 days. Click done.

Now your Hotmail mail account will be deleted. If you change your mind within next 60 days you can reopen it. If not then your Hotmail email will be deleted permanently.