Add or delete users using Azure Active Directory

Add new users or delete existing users from your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) organization. To add or delete users you must be a User administrator or Global administrator.

Add a new user

You can create a new user using the Azure Active Directory portal.

To add a new user

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as a User administrator for the organization.

  2. Select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select New user.

    Users - All users page with New user highlighted

  3. On the New user page, select Create user and then add the user's information.

    Add new user, User page with user info

    • Name (required): The first and last name of the new user. For example, Chris Green.

    • User name (required): The user name of the new user. For example,

      The domain part of the user name must use either the initial default domain name, <yourdomainname>, or a custom domain name in your Azure AD organization such as You can select from the list of available domains. You can also filter the list by typing a portion of the domain name. For more information about how to create a custom domain name, see How to add a custom domain name to Azure Active Directory.

    • Groups: You can add the user to one or more existing groups, or you can do it later. For more information about adding users to groups, see How to create a basic group and add members.

    • Directory role: If you require Azure AD administrative permissions for the user, you can add them to an Azure AD role. You can assign the user to be a Global administrator or one or more of the limited administrator roles in Azure AD. For more information about assigning roles, see How to assign roles to users.

    • Job info: You can add more information about the user here, or do it later. For more information about adding user info, see How to add or change user profile information.

  4. Copy the auto-generated password provided in the Password box. You can choose to use the auto-generated password provided in the Password box or create a custom password. You'll need to give this password to the user for the initial sign-in process.

  5. Select Create.

The user is created and added to your Azure AD organization.

Add a new guest user

You can also invite new guest user to collaborate with your organization by selecting Invite user from the New user page. If your organization's external collaboration settings are configured such that you're allowed to invite guests, the user will be emailed an invitation they must accept in order to begin collaborating. For more information about inviting B2B collaboration users, see Invite B2B users to Azure Active Directory

Add a consumer user

There might be scenarios in which you want to manually create consumer accounts in your Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C) directory. For more information about creating consumer accounts, see Create and delete consumer users in Azure AD B2C.

Add a new user within a hybrid environment

If you have an environment with both Azure Active Directory (cloud) and Windows Server Active Directory (on-premises), you can add new users by syncing the existing user account data. For more information about hybrid environments and users, see Integrate your on-premises directories with Azure Active Directory.

Delete a user

You can delete an existing user using Azure Active Directory portal.

To delete a user

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using a User administrator account for the organization.

  2. Select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then search for and select the user you want to delete from your Azure AD tenant. For example, Mary Parker.

  3. Select Delete user.

    Users - All users page with Delete user highlighted

    The user is deleted and no longer appears on the Users - All users page. The user can be seen on the Deleted users page for the next 30 days and can be restored during that time. For more information about restoring a user, see How to restore or permanently remove a recently deleted user. When a user is deleted, any licenses consumed by the user are made available for other users to be consumed.


    You must use Windows Server Active Directory to update the identity, contact info, or job info for users whose source of authority is Windows Server Active Directory. After you complete your update, you must wait for the next synchronization cycle to complete before you'll see the changes.

Next steps

After you've added your users, you can perform the following basic processes:

Or you can perform other user management tasks, such as adding guest users from another Azure AD organization or restoring a deleted user. For more information about other available actions, see Azure Active Directory user management documentation.