Eradicating Your Online Presence: How to Delete a Hotmail Account

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Starting Point

Hi there, I’m Tracy, and if you’re reading this guide, it sounds like you’re at a point where you’re contemplating deleting a Hotmail account. Whether it’s for increased privacy, reducing your digital footprint, or moving to a new email provider, creating a clean slate can often feel liberating.

Before you begin, it’s crucial to remember to back up any necessary email data and notify your contacts about your new email address, if you’re planning to continue using email elsewhere. Deleting your account can be permanent, so ensuring you’ve tied up all loose ends is vital. So let’s get started.

Commencing the Process: Accessing Your Account

First things first, you’ll want to log into your Hotmail account. Navigate to the Microsoft Outlook login page, enter your Hotmail email address and password, and hit ‘Sign In.’

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be at the main user interface. Looking for the Settings? You’ll find it symbolised by a gear icon on the top right of the page.

Process Overview: Steps Involved in Deleting a Hotmail Account

In this article, we will be detailing the steps on how to delete your Hotmail account:

  1. Navigate to the Delete Account section
  2. Read and understand the deletion warnings
  3. Verify your identity
  4. Confirm your decision to delete the account

In-Depth Guide: Deleting Your Hotmail Account

Navigating to the Delete Account Section

From the settings menu, select ‘View all Outlook settings,’ found at the bottom of the panel. Head over to the ‘Mail’ settings and navigate to ‘Sync email.’ Here, you will see a ‘Manage’ option next to ‘Delete a connected account,’ which you’ll want to click.

Reading and Understanding the Deletion Warnings

Microsoft will present you with a list of things that will happen once your account is deleted. Carefully read through these consequences to understand what you’re consenting to.

Verifying Your Identity

You will be asked to verify your identity for security reasons. A verification code will be sent to your alternative email address or phone number linked to your account.

Confirming the Decision

Once verified, select the ‘Mark account for closure’ button. Be aware this step is irreversible after 60 days.

After Deletion: Things to Keep in Mind

Deleting your account doesn’t mean it vanishes right away. Microsoft retains your data for 60 days in a deactivated state. Also, if your Hotmail was linked to other Microsoft services like Skype or Xbox, these will be inaccessible after the deletion.

Alternatives to Delete

Want to reduce your email traffic without deleting your account? Consider setting your account to inactive, setting auto-reply messages indicating account closure, or unsubscribing from mailing lists.

Final Stages: Ensuring Complete Account Deletion

After 60 days, your account should be successfully deleted. If you can still access it, reach out to Microsoft support for assistance.

Final Thoughts

And just like that, you’ve taken control of your digital footprint. While this decision is significant, it’s sometimes necessary to improve privacy. Remember, it’s your data, and you have every right to decide what happens to it.

If you have any further technology queries or you’re unsure about anything mentioned, then you can reach me at

Take care and remember, knowledge is power!

Signing off, Tracy.


  • Microsoft Official Guide on Closing Your Account