How to find deleted users in Azure Active Directory

How to find deleted users in Azure Active Directory

Once you delete a user in Azure Active Directory, what if you want to see the deleted users and you have changed your mind and want to restore the deleted users in the Azure Active Directory? In this article, we will discuss how to find deleted users in Azure Active Directory and how we can restore them back.

How to find deleted users in Azure Active Directory

Basically, there are two approaches to find the deleted users in Azure Active Directory.

  • Approach-1: Using the Deleted Users (preview) option.
  • Approach-2: Using the Audit logs option

Approach-1: Using the Deleted Users (preview) option

Well, let’s first find out the deleted users in the Azure Active Directory using the below instructions.

  1. Log in to the Azure Portal.
  2. Search for Azure Active Directory and then click on the search result Azure Active Directory under services.
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3. On the Users page, click on the Deleted users (preview) link from the left navigation. You can able to see the lists of deleted users on the right side.

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Note: Once you will delete a user in Azure Active Directory, the user will still be present here for 30 days. You have 30 days of time if you want to restore that user. After 30 days the user will get deleted permanently.

Approach-2: Using the Audit logs option

There is also another approach to find the deleted user in Azure Active Directory. Follow the below instruction.

  1. Follow step 1 and step 2 from the first approach.
  2. On the Users page, click on the Audit logs link from the left side.
  3. Choose the Category as UserManagement and Activity as Delete user. Now you can able to see the entries for the deleted user. Click on the individual entries to know more details on the deleted user.
Where to see the deleted users in Azure Active Directory

How to restore deleted users in Azure Active Directory

Once you found the deleted users in your Azure Active Directory, you can restore the deleted users using the below steps.

  1. On the UsersĀ | Deleted users (preview) page, select the users that you wish to restore and then click on the Restore users button.
How to restore deleted users in Azure Active Directory

2. Click on the Ok button on the Restore user(s) pop-up to confirm the restoration process.

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Wrapping Up

Well, in this article, we discussed multiple approaches to get deleted users in Azure Active Directory. Thanks for reading this article. Hope it will help.