How Do I Permanently Delete My OneDrive Account?

OneDrive is convenient cloud software that lets your store all your files and folders in your Microsoft account. We can also link the OneDrive account directly to our computers making it easier for it to sync files and automatically store them at the OneDrive. This article includes a detailed guide on How Do I Permanently Delete My OneDrive Account?

But obviously, storing your essential information on your Microsoft account might feel risky, and some people want to delete their OneDrive account permanently. Although Microsoft values your safety and protects the users’ data, there might still be other concerns.

In this article, we will talk about how you can permanently delete your OneDrive Account.

Delete OneDrive Account

To delete your OneDrive Account, you must close your Microsoft account, which will automatically delete your OneDrive account and other Microsoft services. However, it is not possible if you want to delete your OneDrive account without deleting your Microsoft account. The OneDrive associated with your Microsoft account can only be deleted if the account itself is permanently deleted. 

Here is how you can delete your OneDrive Account.

  1. Login to Your Microsoft Account.
  2. Open the “Close Your Account” Page.
Open the Close Your Account Page.
  1. Go through all the instructions on the page and Click on Next.
  2. Read all the information and select all the checkboxes accordingly.
Read all the information and select all the checkboxes accordingly.
  1. Select the reason for account closure and click on Mark account for closure. 
  2. You will be able to recover your account within the selected period, and Microsoft will permanently delete your account after a certain period.

Save OneDrive files to another account

Before deleting your OneDrive account, there are some mandatory things you need to go through. One of them is keeping your files safe. When you close your account, all your files in the Onedrive account will also be deleted. So, before you close your OneDrive account, save all your OneDrive files safely. You can manually copy your files from one account to another or use other third-party apps. Here we will discuss how you can manually transfer your OneDrive files to another account.

  1. Open your OneDrive and download all your files to your computer.
  2. Now, Go to another OneDrive Account and upload all the files again.
  3. You can also upload all your OneDrive files to your Google Drive.
  4. Download the Desktop app for OneDrive and GoogleDrive, and you can drag and drop your files to Google Drive.

FAQs On OneDrive Accounts

Can I have 2 OneDrive accounts on my computer?

OneDrive allows you to set up two or more accounts on a single computer, but only one of them can be a personal OneDrive account.
If you already have an account signed in and want to add or remove another one, you can remove it from the OneDrive settings. There can be numerous accounts for your workplace or school, but only one for your personal OneDrive.

How do I pause sync in OneDrive?

Here is how you can pause your sync in OneDrive:
1. Select the OneDrive cloud icon in the notification/menu area.
2. Right-click the icon on the taskbar and select Pause syncing.
3. Select how long you want to pause syncing: 2, 8, or 24 hours.
4. Now, check that the OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area shows Paused.

How long do files stay in the OneDrive bin?

Once you delete your files on OneDrive, they will be moved to the recycle bin. The files in the recycle bin will remain for the next 180 days. After 180 days, all the files will be permanently deleted, and you can no longer restore them. So, check the recycle bin frequently if you have any essential files accidentally in the recycle bin. You can restore all the files from the recycle bin within 180 days.

Can OneDrive slow down your computer?

Many people think that OneDrive is a min culprit in slowing their computers. Although there might be other apps or different issues that might be significantly slowing down your computer, OneDrive also is something that can slow down your computer. 
If you constantly sync files from your computer to the OneDrive cloud storage, it might take massive RAM to sync the files to the drive. If you notice your computer slowing down, try stopping the sync and only turning it on occasionally.

Does resetting OneDrive delete files?

When you reset your OneDrive, it disconnects all your existing sync for different accounts you have set up. But you won’t lose any files or data while resetting OneDrive on your computer.
If you had synced only some folders before the reset, you would need to sync it again once the reset has been completed. 

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