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How to delete your Snapchat account

Are you ready to let your Snapchat account go?
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Published onFebruary 16, 2024

If any messaging service represents the meaning of “carpe diem,” it must be Snapchat. The application is known for its temporary nature. Messages, pictures, and videos will disappear forever, some seconds after the recipient takes a look at them. Just as your messages dissolve in a heartbeat, Snapchat has made it as fast and straightforward to deactivate Snapchat and make your whole account disappear forever, too.

Are you ready to let your Snapchat account go? It’s time to face it: it isn’t quite the social media juggernaut it once was, and you might want to let it go. Whatever your reason for leaving, we are here to help you through the process.

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Delete your Snapchat account by logging into the Accounts Portal and going into Delete my account. You'll be asked to confirm the action by entering your credentials again. When done, hit Continue, and your account will be deleted.


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How to delete your Snapchat account

One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t delete your Snapchat account using the Android app. You can, however, use an Android browser to delete your Snapchat account. Here’s the process from a browser, which is the same if you’re using an Android browser.

  1. Go to the Snapchat Accounts Portal page from any browser.
  2. Enter your username and hit Next.
  3. Enter your password and hit Next.
  4. Click on Delete My Account.
  5. Enter your username and password once again.
  6. Select Continue, all the way at the bottom.
  7. Done!

How to delete your account in the iOS app

While you can’t delete your Snapchat account using the Android app, iOS users get the ability to do so. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open the Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon in the top-left corner.
  3. Hit the gear icon.
  4. Scroll down to Account Actions.
  5. Select Delete Account.
  6. You will be redirected to the Accounts Portal.
  7. Follow the instructions in the previous section to finish the process.

Snapchat will keep all your data for 30 days, just in case you want to return. If that is the case, log back in to reactivate your account. The account will be deleted if you don’t activate it within the time frame. Snapchat warns us that it keeps some important information for “legal, security, and business needs.” This may include purchase information, for example.

How to restore your Snapchat account

  1. Open the Snapchat app and log in using the same credentials before 30 days. Remember that you won’t be able to use your email after you delete your account. You’ll need to sign in using your username, instead.
  2. You’ll be asked if you want to reactivate your Snapchat account. Tap Yes.
  3. Snapchat will let you know you have to wait a bit to restore your account. Hit OK and wait a few minutes.
  4. Log in. You’re done!

There you have it, guys! Now, you are free from Snapchat and ready to start a new life. Or you can reactivate it when you start feeling withdrawals!


FAQs

You can restore a deleted Snapchat account, as long as it has been under 30 days since you deleted it. If more than 30 days have passed, restoring your account is no longer possible. You’ll have to create a new account.

Snapchat mentions it will retain certain information for legal, security, and business reasons. The company keeps any data about purchases you may have made through Snapchat and when you accepted the terms of service and privacy policy.

Maybe you want to keep your conversations private and temporary, even after deleting your Snapchat account. Snapchat is a bit unique in nature, and while there aren’t many real alternatives like it, other chat apps have adopted similar privacy features for those who wish to use them. Instagram has a private chat feature. Telegram also has a secret chat feature.

Snapchat launched the ability to use Snapchat on PC and Mac, calling it Snapchat Web. But even before that, a web browser was (and still is) the only way for Android users to delete their accounts. And even iOS uses the web; it just does so within the app.


Why, exactly, did you decide to delete Snapchat? If you’re having issues with the app, we have a guide on what you can do to fix common Snapchat problems. Maybe you should check it out before deleting your account for good.