How to switch from Microsoft account to local account on Windows 11

Yes, you can disconnect your Windows 11 account from the Microsofts services, and here's how.

Windows 11 switch to local account
Windows 11 switch to local account / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To switch from Microsoft to a local account on Windows 11, open Settings > Accounts > Your Info, click “Sign in a local account instead,” confirm the local credentials, sign out, and sign back in.

On Windows 11, you probably use a Microsoft account, but you can always switch to a local account. A Microsoft account is the default type when setting up a new user on your computer because it provides better security, integration with Microsoft services, and easy files and settings synchronization across devices. However, this is not an account type everyone wants since many users don’t like the idea of large companies handling their information or using cloud services.

In fact, the company has said that you should consider a local account for a device that doesn’t require an internet connection. It’s independent of other services and not connected to the cloud. And you want your settings, files, and applications are limited to that single device.

If you want to switch from a Microsoft account to a traditional local account, this is an easy process from the Settings app.

In this guide, I will teach you how to switch from a Microsoft account to a traditional local account.

Change from Microsoft account to local account on Windows 11

To convert a Microsoft account into a local account on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click the Your Info tab.

  4. Under the “Account settings” section, click the “Sign in a local account instead” option to disconnect the account.

    Sign in with a local account instead

  5. Click the Next button.

  6. Confirm your password.

  7. Create a name for the local account.

    Switch MSA to local account

  8. Create a password for the account.

  9. Confirm the password.

  10. Create a password hint.

  11. Click the Next button.

  12. Click the “Sign out” and finish button.

Once you complete the steps, the Microsoft account will switch to a local account. You can always change back to a Microsoft account with these instructions.

Alternatively, you can create another local administrator account and transfer your files to the new account instead of disconnecting from the Microsoft account services.

Update June 17, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process. Although Microsoft has noted the benefits of a local account, the company quickly retracted the text as it prefers users to use the online account, so I had to link a previous version of the documentation page from the website.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].