Delete a user

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Delete user.

When deleted, user resources are moved to a temporary container and can be restored within 30 days. After that time, they are permanently deleted. To learn more, see deletedItems.


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) User.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application User.ReadWrite.All

The calling user must be assigned one of the following Azure AD roles:

  • Global Administrator
  • User Administrator

Only a Global Administrator can delete a user in a Global Administrator role or any user in the tenant. A User Administrator can only delete users who are non-administrators or in specific limited roles. For more details, see Administrator role permissions in Azure AD.

HTTP request

DELETE /users/{id | userPrincipalName}

Request headers

Header Value
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.

Request body

Do not supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns 204 No Content response code. It does not return anything in the response body.



The following is an example of a request.



The following is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content