How to delete your Snapchat account

Alberto Lima
Digital Trends

Snapchat has reached critical mass in the last couple of years. It’s a great way to share your life as it happens, and with the app’s Stories feature, you can send secure messages with friends and family that automatically self-destruct after they’re opened. You can also use the platform to follow your favorite brands, celebrities, and news outlets like Digital Trends. But what if you no longer want to…?

If you’ve found yourself perplexed by Snapchat — or you’re simply tired of the dog-face filters — deleting your account might be the way to go. Thankfully, you can do so using the method below.

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Time to pull the plug

Step 1:  Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t allow you to delete your account directly within the app. Instead, head to Snapchat’s website using your browser — this will work in Google Chrome or Microsoft’s Edge or Safari, if you prefer MacOS.

How to Delete Snapchat Account
How to Delete Snapchat Account

Step 2: Enter the appropriate credentials and click the gray Log in  button to verify that you’re a human. Sorry, no bots allowed.

Delete Snapchat - Account Management Options
Delete Snapchat - Account Management Options

Step 3: Once logged in, click the yellow Delete My Account button at the bottom of the resulting menu.

Delete Snapchat Account - Confirmation Screen
Delete Snapchat Account - Confirmation Screen

Step 4: If you see the image above, then you’re done. Congratulations! You’ve officially taken back a piece of your privacy, though there are some caveats you should be aware of. Snapchat will immediately deactivate your account, but you’ll have to wait 30 days before the account is completely deleted. If you so choose to, you may reactive your account simply by logging back in.

Social media can be a great way to connect with friends or build out your personal network, but sometimes we can find ourselves lost in all the noise. When it’s time to step away from the app and share your stories with friends away from the keyboard, we’ll be here to help.