Question from Hannah K.: I’ve been using Snapchat for a while but I heard that it’s not as safe as they claim it to be.
I’d like to delete my account but I can’t find a way to do it. I’ve tapped everything I can tap in the app on my iPhone, with no success.
Can you tell me what I need to do in order to completely delete my Snapchat account?
Rick’s answer: You’re right, Hannah. Snapchat does have some security issues, one of which I wrote about in this post.
You’re also right about not being able to delete your Snapchat account from inside the app itself. You have to do it from the Snapchat website instead, which is one of my biggest pet peeves.
I hate it when a service lets you sign up with their mobile app but forces you to visit their website to delete your account!
Oh well, back to the topic at hand…
Important: During the first 30 days your Snapchat account will only be deactivated instead of deleted.
That gives you a 30 day window during which you can change your mind and reactivate your account without losing any of your information.
After the 30 day “grace period” has expired everything that’s associated with your Snapchat account will be deleted (except for some legal info that Snapchat will keep around for a while).
Once your account has actually been deleted you won’t be able to get any of your information back even if you open a new account at some point in the future.
That’s why you need to be absolutely certain that you want to delete your account and all of your info before following the steps below.
If you’re sure you really want to delete your account, just visit this page on the Snapchat website, log in with your username and password and then follow the instructions.
That’s all there it to it Hannah. Your account should now be deleted and you can remove the Snapchat app from your phone.
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