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How to Deactivate or Delete Your Snapchat Account?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Snapchat has a lot of features that make it fun to use and send goofy snaps to your friends. But maybe at one point, you are just tired of using the platform, or perhaps you are not active in it at all. Once in a while, we would want to get away from the online world as it can sometimes be too much, or maybe you just want to give yourself a social media detox. The online world can be too chaotic at times, and getting away from it can be good for our mental health.

You probably know someone who has deactivated or deleted their account, and you want to do that for yourself. If you want to temporarily or even permanently delete your account on Snapchat, that is possible, and we will show you how you can do that in just a few simple steps.

Part 1: What's the difference between deactivation and deletion on Snapchat?

In Snapchat, there are two ways to get your account off the application. These two options are deactivation or deletion, and we will explain the difference between these two.

It is the better option for deactivation if you want to temporarily put your account on hold and not be seen in any searches. Your friends and contacts will not be able to send you any messages, photos, or videos or even interact with your user account. During deactivation, your account will be put on deactivate status for 30 days only and can be reactivated.

On the other hand, deletion is when you decide to permanently delete your account on Snapchat. This means that all of the stories, snaps, photos, videos, and everything that is associated with your account will be gone for good.

So if you want to delete temporarily, you will deactivate your account. If you choose to do it permanently, then that is what you call deleting an account.

Part 2: How to Delete Snapchat Account Permanently?

Previously, it was only possible to delete your Snapchat account using a browser, but now, you can do it on your app. If you want to get out of Snapchat and completely delete your account, you can do this by following the steps below.

  • Step 1: Open the Snapchat application.
  • Step 2: Go to your "Profile," which is located on the upper left of the screen.
  • Step 3: From there, you can go to "Settings," which has the cog icon.

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  • Step 4: Look for the "I Need Help" option that is located under "Support."
  • Step 5: You can then go to the search bar and type the word "Delete." Then choose the first option that will show up: "Delete My Account."

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  • Step 6: Then tap on the "Accounts Portal," and you will be redirected to the Snapchat Account Deletion Page. They will ask you to log in with your username and password.
  • Step 7: After logging in, it will automatically put your account on deactivation status within 30 days period.

In those 30 days of deactivation, you are given a chance to change your mind by choosing to reactivate your account and logging into your account. However, should you not decide to reactivate your account within those 30 days window, Snapchat will automatically delete your account from their database. All of the snaps, contacts, messages, trophies, virtual signposts,stories, and old locations will be gone. This is what we call deletion in the Snapchat application.

So if you just want to temporarily deactivate your Snapchat account, then you should remember to log in within 30 days to your account, so you do not erase whole memory and data in Snapchat.

Part 3: How to Reactivate Your Snapchat Account

In case you decide to change your mind after deciding to delete your account temporarily, you can still reactivate your account as long as you do it within the 30 days that Snapchat provides to all users. Reactivating is easy to do and can be done in just a few simple steps.

  • Step 1: Open the Snapchat application.
  • Step 2: Log in using your username and password.

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  • Step 3: Wait for Snapchat to send you a reactivation confirmation email to the email address that you used to create an account.
  • Step 4: Click on the link that they will provide, and you can now log in to your account.

During reactivation, it might take some moments to finally be able to login into your account, but once you get to log in, all of the data you have in your accounts, such as stories, memories, trophies, friends, chats, and Bitmoji, will be returned to you. You will be able to access your account as to how it was before you deleted it.


On Snapchat, they will give you a 30-day window period before you can completely and permanently delete your account. During this time, you can choose to reactivate your account by logging in. However, if you decide not to log in to your account within those 30 days, everything that you have in your account will be deleted, and you will not be able to retrieve it.

You may also be interested in 21 Hidden Snapchat Hacks & Features You Might Have Missed.

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