How to Close a Hotmail Account



To close your Hotmail email account, visit account.microsoft.com and login with the Hotmail account you want to delete. Click the Security & privacy tab, and then click the More security settings link. Scroll down and click Close my account, then follow the prompts to delete your Hotmail account.

Steps

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    Log in to your Hotmail account. Type in your user name and password and click "Sign In."
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    Click on your account name and click "Account Settings".
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    Select "Close account." This is the option on the very bottom of the page.
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    Verify your identity. Confirm that your Hotmail email address is entered correctly and type in your password.
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    Click "Deactivate your Hotmail account."
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    Click "Deactivate account." You're done -- a notice that informs you that your Hotmail account has been deactivated will pop up.

Tips

  • Create your new email account with whichever web-based service you choose before deleting your Hotmail account. Most email providers offer a service to import your existing contacts and other data from a previous email provider.
  • Some web-based providers also allow for downloading of email through a client application like Microsoft's Outlook or Mozilla's Thunderbird. This setup provides the best of both worlds with global accessibility and more control over the backing up and security of your email data. You do not have to cancel Hotmail to do this.

Warnings

  • Email account deletion is permanent. Although it is technically possible for Microsoft to retrieve your deleted account and associated details, the company is reluctant to do so.
  • There is a possibility Microsoft will stop offering @hotmail emails. They may be valuable in the future, so it's best to keep your account.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Web browser
  • Internet access
  • Hotmail account

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