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.

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

The calling user must be assigned one of the following Microsoft Entra roles:

  • User Administrator
  • Privileged Authentication Administrator
  • Global Administrator

To delete users with privileged administrator roles in delegated scenarios, the app must be assigned the Directory.AccessAsUser.All delegated permission, and the calling user must have a higher privileged administrator role as indicated in Who can perform sensitive actions.

In app-only scenarios, the User.ReadWrite.All application permission isn't enough privilege to delete users with privileged administrative roles. The app must be assigned a higher privileged administrator role as indicated in Who can perform sensitive actions.

HTTP request

DELETE /users/{id | userPrincipalName}

Request headers

Header Value
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.

Request body

Don't supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns 204 No Content response code. It doesn't return anything in the response body.



The following is an example of a request.



The following example shows the response.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content