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How to deactivate or delete your Snapchat account

Apr 16, 2019 · 3 min read

How to deactivate or delete your Snapchat account

You might want to delete Snapchat for many reasons. Many were annoyed by its recent redesign. Others were offended by its jokes about domestic violence or the self-image it promoted. Add certain security concerns, and uninstalling Snapchat might seem like a good idea.

Like any social network, it can also become a distraction and a risk to your online privacy.

UPDATE (May 24th, 2019): Today, Snapchat was revealed to be a greater potential privacy threat than we previously thought. Snapchat has an internal app called SnapLion that was created to access private data in response to law enforcement requests. This includes everything from location data and saved photos (Snaps) to private contact information.

Former employees have reported that the app has been abused by employees to access private data for personal reasons numerous times. Not only has it been distributed to other departments to use for other reasons beyond law enforcement, there have been incidents when employees have used SnapLion to access users' saved photos or contact information.

If you've decided to delete Snapchat, here's how:

How to delete Snapchat account on your computer

You can delete your Snapchat account via the Accounts page:

  1. Go to, log in and click on Delete my Account.
  2. enter username and password

  3. Enter the username and password of the account you wish to remove.
  4. enter username and password

  5. Press continue, and Snapchat will deactivate your account for 30 days. After this time passes, it will permanently delete it.
  6. snapchat permanently deleted

After your Snapchat is deactivated, you still have 30 days to reactivate your account. To do so, just log back in to the Snapchat app with your username and password within these 30 days. You have to be patient as it sometimes takes up to 24 hours to reactivate an account.

How to delete Snapchat account on your iPhone or Android

  1. Open the Snapchat app.
  2. Log in.
  3. Tap your avatar on the top left corner.
  4. tap avatar

  5. Tap the gear icon on the top right corner.
  6. tap the gear icon

  7. Choose Help Center under the Support section.
  8. tap help center

  9. Go to My Account and Security->Account Information->Delete my Account.
  10. go to my account

  11. Tap the Accounts Portal link in the text and follow the steps explained in the first method.
  12. go to accounts portal

How to permanently delete Snapchat

To delete your account permanently, all you have to do is refrain from logging into the app for 30 days after you deactivate your Snapchat. After this period, your Snapchat account will be mostly gone, but not completely. Snapchat’s privacy guidelines state that they retain some personal data due to legal, security and business needs. This includes info about your purchases and the accepted terms of service.

Snapchat privacy policy

Snapchat stores three types of information:

  • the information you choose to give (all the info you enter into the app while using it);
  • information obtained when you use Snapchat (information from your device, location, logs, etc.);
  • information obtained from third parties (info from advertisers, others users’ contact lists, information from linked third-party apps);

It can share this info with other users, sister companies, business partners or with concerned parties when required by law. It also uses it for internal purposes (e.g., ad-targeting). You can also download your data or revoke permission to use it at the expense of certain functions.

Not only is Snapchat not a private platform, it is not a very secure one. Snapchat does not use end-to-end encryption. You can find secure messaging apps that value your privacy here

Social media risks

Like Snapchat, most other social media platforms also have their own security and privacy risks. If you want to learn how to stay private on other social media platforms, check out our tips.

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Paul Black
Paul Black successVerified author

Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.

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