Outlook Sign-Out: How To Log Out Of An Outlook Account
If you don’t want to use your email account with Microsoft Outlook, it is advisable to log out to ensure the privacy of your data.
Please note that logging out of your email account in Outlook's desktop app is separate from logging out of the Microsoft account associated with your Office subscription. This guide specifically focuses on signing out of your email account rather than your subscription account.
How to log out of an Outlook account
Outlook sign-out on the desktop app
Step 1: Launch the Outlook app on your PC. Then, click File in the top-left corner.
Step 2: Select the Info option from the left sidebar. Select Account Settings > Account Settings.
Step 3: In the Account Settings window, select the Data Files tab. You need to create a new data file before logging out of your Outlook account.
To create a new data file, click Add in the Data Files tab.
Step 4: In the Create or Open Outlook Data File window, click OK to create a file.
Step 5: Go back to the Account Settings window and click Email. Then select the email account you want to log out of and click Remove.
Step 6: Click Yes.
Outlook sign-out on mobile devices
Step 1: Open the mobile app of Outlook on your mobile device.
Step 2: Tap your profile picture.
Step 3: Tap the Settings (the gear) icon.
Step 4: Tap the Outlook account you want to log out of.
Step 5: Tap the Delete Account link.
Step 6: Tap Delete to confirm.
Outlook sign-out in the web browser
Step 1: Launch your preferred web browser, then open the Outlook website.
Step 2: Click your profile picture in Outlook's top-left corner.
Step 3: In the profile menu, select Sign out.
Now you are logged out of your Outlook account. To re-access your account, you’ll need to sign back into your Outlook account with your username and password.
Is there a difference between logging out of my Microsoft account and my email account?
Yes, logging out of your email account in Outlook is different from logging out of your Microsoft account. When you log out of your email account, you are only signing out of your email and related services. Your Microsoft account, which may be linked to other Microsoft services like Office subscriptions, will remain active unless you specifically log out of it separately.
Why should I log out of my Outlook account?
Logging out of your Outlook account is recommended if you're accessing your email account on a shared or public device. By logging out, you ensure that your personal data and emails are not accessible to others who may use the same device.
Can I log out of my Outlook account on multiple devices simultaneously?
Yes, you can log out of your Outlook account on multiple devices simultaneously. Signing out of one device will not automatically sign you out of other devices where you are logged in. You need to individually log out of each device if you want to end all active sessions.
Logging out of your Outlook account is a simple and straightforward process. By following the steps on various devices and platforms, you can ensure the privacy and security of your Outlook email account. Take the necessary precautions and log out of your Outlook account when using shared or public devices to protect your personal data.
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