Remove service principal owner

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Remove an owner from a servicePrincipal object. As a recommended best practice, service principals should have at least two owners.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Application.ReadWrite.All Directory.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application Application.ReadWrite.All Application.ReadWrite.OwnedBy, Directory.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

You can address the service principal using either its id or appId. id and appId are referred to as the Object ID and Application (Client) ID, respectively, in app registrations in the Microsoft Entra admin center.

DELETE /serviceprincipals/{id}/owners/{id}/$ref
DELETE /servicePrincipals(appId='{appId}')/owners/{id}/$ref

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.

Request body

In the request body, supply the identifier of the directory object to be assigned as owner.


If successful, this method returns a 204 No Content response code.



The following example shows the request.

Content-type: application/json

    "": "{id}"


The following example shows the response.

Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content