Force domain deletion

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Deletes a domain using an asynchronous long-running operation.

Prior to calling forceDelete, you must update or remove any references to Exchange as the provisioning service.

The following actions are performed as part of this operation:

  • Updates the userPrincipalName, mail, and proxyAddresses properties of users with references to the deleted domain to use the initial domain.

  • Updates the mail property of groups with references to the deleted domain to use the initial domain.

  • Updates the identifierUris property of applications with references to the deleted domain to use the initial domain.

  • If the number of objects to be renamed is greater than 1000, an error is returned.

  • If one of the applications to be renamed is a multi-tenant app, an error is returned.

After the domain deletion completes, API operations for the deleted domain will return a HTTP 404 status code. To verify deletion of a domain, you can perform a get domain operation.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Domain.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application Domain.ReadWrite.All

The work or school account needs to belong to one of the following roles:

  • Global Administrator
  • Domain Name Administrator
  • Partner Tier2 Support

HTTP request

POST /domains/{id}/forceDelete

For {id}, specify the domain with its fully qualified domain name.

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-Type application/json

Request body

In the request body, provide a JSON object with the following parameters.

Parameter Type Description
disableUserAccounts Boolean Option to disable user accounts which are renamed. If a user account is disabled, the user will not be allowed to sign in. If set to true the users updated as part of this operation will be disabled. Default value is true.

Response body

If successful, this method returns HTTP/1.1 204 OK status code.



Content-type: application/json

  "disableUserAccounts": true


HTTP/1.1 204 OK