Few social-sharing apps can match the fun of Snapchat. After all, who doesn’t like to send the occasional goofy snap to a friend? Throw in some funky selfie filters and artsy location-aware stickers, and it’s easy to get addicted—especially with the knowledge that the images will disappear after a few seconds. (Usually.)
But what if you want a break from the endless snapping and chatting? What if you want some good old privacy? This guide will show you how to permanently delete your Snapchat account. (If you have second thoughts, you have 30 days to reactivate a deleted Snapchat account. After that, it is gone.)
Note: Although Snapchat is famous for its automatic deletion policy, some kinds of messages cannot be deleted. Think before you snap!
Snapchat gathers three types of information from you:
- Information you give to Snapchat. For example: the personal details you submit when creating an account.
- Information that is collected when you use Snapchat. For example: the types of content you share, the phone model on which you use Snapchat, your contact list, etc.
- Information from third parties. Since Snapchat owns and works with other companies, any information gathered by Snapchat or these third parties may be exchanged so that Snapchat can create a more comprehensive profile of you.
How does Snapchat use your information?
Snapchat uses the information it collects from you to personalize your Snapchat experience and show you targeted ads. But if you feel that Snapchat ads are being overly intrusive, you can let Snapchat know by filling out the Snapchat ad feedback form.
Ultimately, remember that:
- Any content you share may be used for commercial and promotional purposes.
- You are responsible for managing your personal information online.
How to permanently delete Snapchat
Step 1: Go to support.snapchat.com/delete-account on any web browser.
Step 2: Enter your Snapchat username and password.
Step 3: Check the box next to I’m not a robot and then tap LOG IN.
Step 4: You will arrive on the “Manage My Account” page. Scroll down and tap on DELETE MY ACCOUNT.
Step 5: Enter your Snapchat username and password once more, then tap DELETE ACCOUNT.
And you’re done! You will now no longer receive snaps from other Snapchat users.
Do more to protect your internet privacy
Now if you really want to step up your internet privacy game, here are more steps you can take.
- Use ExpressVPN. While “pausing” Google Web & App History prevents Google from collecting data about you, it doesn’t prevent your ISP from tracking what you’re doing online and potentially sharing it with corporations and governments. To hide your online activity from your ISP, use a VPN like ExpressVPN.
- Use Tor Browser. Tor hides your location and online activities from anybody doing network surveillance or traffic analysis, so your internet activity is difficult to trace back to you. It’s one of your best bets for maintaining anonymity online. To maximize the effectiveness of Tor, be sure to read these tips: Want Tor to really work?
Safe browsing, everyone!
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