Step 1: Backup Your Data
Before proceeding with deleting your Microsoft account, it’s important to backup your data such as contacts, messages, photos, and videos to avoid losing them. You can backup your data by going to Settings > Backup > App List+Settings > Photos and Text Messages > Backup Now.
Step 2: Remove Account from Email and Accounts
To delete your Microsoft account, you first need to remove it from the Email and Accounts section. Go to Settings > Email and Accounts > Tap and hold the Microsoft account you want to delete > Select Delete.
Step 3: Confirm Deletion
After selecting Delete, a confirmation message will appear on your screen. Tap on Yes to confirm the deletion of your Microsoft account from your Nokia Lumia 520.
Step 4: Reset Your Device
Once you’ve deleted your Microsoft account, it’s recommended to reset your device to its factory settings. This will erase all your data and settings from your device, ensuring that your Microsoft account is permanently removed. To reset your device, go to Settings > About > Reset Your Phone > Yes.
Step 5: Set Up Your Device
After resetting your device, you can set it up again and sign in with a different Microsoft account or skip the sign-in process altogether. Go to Settings > Sign-in options > Add Microsoft Account to add a new account or to skip the sign-in process, tap on Skip.
Step 6: Verify Account Removal
To ensure that your Microsoft account has been successfully removed from your Nokia Lumia 520, go to Settings > Email and Accounts and check if your account is no longer listed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Will deleting my Microsoft account also delete my OneDrive files?
No, deleting your Microsoft account will not delete your OneDrive files. However, you’ll no longer be able to access them from your Nokia Lumia 520 unless you sign in with a different Microsoft account.
2. Can I delete my Microsoft account without resetting my device?
Yes, you can delete your Microsoft account without resetting your device. However, resetting your device ensures that your Microsoft account and all its associated data are permanently removed.
3. What happens to my apps after resetting my device?
Resetting your device will erase all your data, including your apps. You’ll need to reinstall them from the Windows Store or restore them from a backup.
4. How long does it take to reset my device?
The time it takes to reset your device depends on the amount of data you have on your device. It can take up to an hour or more to reset your device completely.
5. Can I skip the sign-in process after resetting my device?
Yes, you can skip the sign-in process after resetting your device by tapping on Skip. However, you’ll need to sign in with a Microsoft account to access some of the device’s features and services. Overall, deleting your Microsoft account from your Nokia Lumia 520 is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. Remember to backup your data, remove your account from Email and Accounts, confirm deletion, reset your device, and set it up again to use a different Microsoft account or skip the sign-in process altogether.