How to Delete Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat
Social Media is a powerful tool. While it allows people to connect, social media can enable many harassers and abusers to target a single person. If you decide to leave social media sites behind, how do you remove or suspend your account? Read on to learn how to delete your social media accounts.
How to Delete Facebook
To delete or deactivate your Facebook, log into your account, then go to your settings page. You can reach settings by clicking on the arrow on the top right of your page, then click ‘Settings and Privacy,’ then ‘Settings.’ On the left side of the screen, select ‘Your Facebook Information.’ Under ‘Deactivation and deletion,’ click ‘View’ to be taken to the delete/deactivation page.
Facebook allows you to deactivate your account rather than permanently deleting it. If you think you’ll ever need to use the service again, temporary deactivation is a good idea. It removes your page from the website and most of the posts you’ve shared but allows you to keep using Messenger. If you decide to delete your account, Facebook gives you a 30-day grace period to change your mind. You won’t be able to retrieve your posts or pictures after those 30 days.
How to Delete Twitter
Unlike Facebook, Twitter doesn’t offer the ability to disable your account temporarily. To delete your account, log in to Twitter, then go to your settings menu by clicking ‘More,’ then ‘Settings and Privacy.’ At the bottom of the ‘Your Account’ section, click on ‘Deactivate your account.’ You will then be asked to confirm before your account is deactivated. You have 30 days to change your mind and reactivate your account.
Be aware some of your account information may remain available on search engines even after deletion.
How to Delete Instagram
Instagram doesn’t allow you to delete or deactivate your account from within the app. You must use a web browser, either on your phone or computer, to request your account be deleted. Much like Facebook, you have the option to temporarily disable your account if you think you’ll want to come back to it. The process to disable your account is different from deleting it.
On a web browser, log in to your Instagram account and go to your settings page. To reach your settings page, click your profile picture in the top right, then click ‘Settings.’ On the bottom right of your settings page, click ‘Temporarily disable my account.’ You’ll then have to give your reasons for disabling and enter your password to confirm.
To permanently delete your account, go to the deletion request page. From here, you need to give the reason you’re deleting your account and then enter your password to confirm. You’ll then have 30 days before your Instagram account is deleted. Instagram may keep some of your information for legal reasons or in their backup storage.
How to Delete TikTok
To delete your TikTok account, log in to the app, and click the three dots at the top of the screen. In your ‘Settings and Privacy’ section, tap ‘Manage Account,’ then at the bottom of the screen, tap ‘Delete Account.’ You’ll then be asked to confirm by entering a code sent to your phone, similarly to two-factor authentication. Once you’ve entered your code, you’ll need to tap ‘Delete Account’ to give your final confirmation. You’ll then have 30 days before your account is deleted.
How to Delete Snapchat
Like Instagram, Snapchat doesn’t allow you to delete the account through the app. To delete your account, log into the accounts portal on your web browser. Once you get to the account manager, click on ‘Delete My Account.’ You’ll then be asked to re-enter your password and username to confirm you want the account to be deleted. As with most other social media, you’re given 30 days to change your mind by logging back into the account. You should be aware Snapchat may keep some of your data for legal reasons.
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