Snapchat is the most popular social media network among young adults, having just recently surpassed Twitter in terms of daily active users. While occasionally controversial, the multimedia messaging app — best known for its ephemeral snaps and wacky set of filters — remains a unique and fun way to share life’s biggest (and smallest) moments as they happen.
Once installed, the app allows you to send informal messages and photos to your friends and family, which will then disappear a few seconds after they open them. With Stories — a landmark feature Snapchat first rolled out in late 2013 — you can also post pictures or videos of your daily activities for anyone who follows you to see (but these will disappear after 24 hours).
While at times whimsical and entertaining, we recognize that Snapchat is not for everyone. If you found yourself perplexed by the inner workings of the mobile app, or have simply grown tired of the constant barrage of indulgent selfies and never-ending dog filters, deleting your account might be the best way to preserve your sanity. It is estimated that the average user spends 25 to 30 minutes in the app every day, and opens it an average of 18 times. Such being the case, deleting the Snapchat app from your iPhone or Android device could save you a lot of time (and battery power) in the long run.
Ready to step out of the yellow-hued limelight? Here’s how to delete your Snapchat account once and for all.
Time to pull the plug
Step 1: Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t allow you to delete your account from directly within the mobile app, which can be a bit annoying when you consider that all of its functionality is embedded inside the app. Instead, you have to head over to Snapchat’s website using your browser of choice. Keep in mind, however, that this should work in just about any browser, including Safari, Chrome, or any other offering you have installed on your phone.
Step 2: Once you have landed on the correct page, enter the appropriate credentials (username or email, and password), verify that you’re not a robot using the checkbox located in the captcha field, and click the purple Log in button to access your account information. Sorry, no bots allowed.
Step 3: Next, locate and click the yellow Delete My Account button near the bottom of the resulting menu. Note: You will have to re-enter your password one more time.
Step 4: If you see the image above, then you’re done! Snapchat will immediately deactivate your account, but you will have to wait 30 days before your account is permanently deleted. This is somewhat of a safety feature, in case you change your mind and can’t live without dancing hot dogs, Snapchat’s ubiquitous face-swapping feature, or some other filter that’s become a part of your life (for better or worse). That said, if you choose to do so, you can easily reactive your account by logging in with your old information. However, be warned that you won’t be able to retrieve or change your password while your account is deactivated.
Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and build a personal network, but many of us may find ourselves lost in the sea of digital noise at some point or another. All it takes is one bad experience — or the desire to spend your time doing something more productive — to encourage us to step away from our smartphones. No matter what your reasons are for taking a break, or for deciding to forgo social networking completely, we’re here to help. After all, constantly sending snaps to everyone you know doesn’t define you.
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