The switch

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

On Windows 11, you probably use a Microsoft account, but you can always switch to a local account, and in this guide, you will learn how.

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 that everyone wants since many users don’t like the idea of large companies handling their information or using cloud services.

If you want to switch a Microsoft account to a traditional local account, Windows 11 makes it an easy task from the Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to switch a Microsoft account to a traditional local account.

Switch from Microsoft account to local account on Windows 11

To convert a Microsoft account into a local account, 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 switch back to a Microsoft account with these instructions.

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