Updated 1/29/17 to reflect Snapchat's new 30-day account deactivation policy.
Snapchat can be really fun for sending quick snaps to your friends or looking at specialty content. But it's not for everyone.
If you made a Snapchat account and you've decided that you want to step away for awhile, you can deactivate your account in just a few easy steps using a web browser. (Sadly, you can't delete your account from the Snapchat app for iPhone.)
How to deactivate your Snapchat account
- Go to https://support.snapchat.com/delete-account in any web browser. You can even use Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
- Enter your Snapchat username and password.
- Check the box confirming you aren't a robot.
- Click on Submit.
- Re-enter your username and password on the next page.
- Click on Continue.
Once you've done this, your Snapchat account will be deactivated. Your friends will no longer be able to send you snaps, and you won't be able to log in to Snapchat without reactivating your account. You'll also receive an email to your contact address confirming the deactivation, as well as instructions on how to reactivate your Snapchat account within 30 days of deactivation.
How to reactivate your Snapchat account
If you've had second thoughts about deleting your Snapchat presence, you can reactivate your account in a jiffy.
- Open Snapchat on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Log In.
- Log in with your old Snapchat username and password.
- Tap Yes when Snapchat asks if you'd like to reactivate your account.
- Tap OK.
- Snapchat will send you an email when your account has been reactivated. When it has been, Log In to the Snapchat app.
How to permanently delete your Snapchat account
Want to say goodbye to Snapchat forever? Just follow the deactivation steps, then wait 30 days. After that time period, your account will be filed as permanently deleted and you'll no longer be able to recover it. Just remember that once this happens, there's no going back.
If you want to make sure your account has truly been deleted, attempt to log in using your old credentials. If the account has been wiped, there'll be no way to log back in.
Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.
thank you so much. i tried snapchat. i don't really get how to use it and don't really have time for more networks anyways. i wanted to delete it but didn't know how.
Easiest way to get rid of snapchat is to not have one. Lol. Mind blown. Poof. Sent from the iMore App
Did it longgggg ago. Tried it and deleted my account. What a waste of time that app is! Posted via the iMore App for Android
I know I'm not the demographic of Snapchat, but I never really got it. The UI is awful (although it's slightly better that it used to be). Sure, Instagram have copied it, but like all good tech companies, they have taken the best bits and left behind the crud ;)
I had deleted the app, but thanks for the "deactivate account" link.
Snapchat's UI is intentionally designed to be confusing for those outside its target market. The moment dad is on a social network is the moment it ceases to be cool with the kids.
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