How to delete your Reddit account

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Reddit is a website that has grown in popularity over the past few years. It's a place where people can share links, post images, and discuss just about any topic imaginable. There are many different communities to join, allowing for an endless supply of content.

However, as with most social media platforms, there is always the option to delete your account if you want to stop using Reddit.


This article will show you how to do it.


How to Delete Your Reddit Account on a PC

Deleting your Reddit account on a PC is relatively simple:

  1. Open your browser and visit the official Reddit website.
  2. Enter your credentials to log in to your account.
  3. Click on your avatar to open your account management menu.
  4. Select "User Settings" from the drop-down menu. A new page should open.
  5. Scroll down and select the "Deactivate Account" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. At this point, Reddit will show an account deactivation form with an area where you can provide feedback if you have something to share with the Reddit support team.
  7. Enter your account credentials at the bottom of the deactivation form.
  8. Check the box next to "I understand that the account is not recoverable".
  9. Press the "Deactivate account" button.
  10. Click "Disable" to confirm your decision.

How to Delete Your Reddit Account on an Android Device

If you are a Redditor but want to leave Reddit permanently, a computer presents the easiest way to deactivate your account. But if you prefer the Android Reddit app, here's how:



  1. Open your Reddit app and tap on your profile avatar in the top left corner.
  2. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Scroll down and tap "FAQ HELP" to open the Frequently Asked Questions section.
  4. Tap the search button at the top of your screen.
  5. Type "Disable" and press "Go". This should open a link with the header "How can I deactivate my account". Tap the link to open it.
  6. At this point, you should see a short paragraph describing what you need to do to deactivate your account. You should see a "click this link" instruction highlighted in blue in the middle of this paragraph. Tap this link.
  7. Enter your credentials again to log in to your account.
  8. Enter the reasons for deactivating your account in the box provided, but you can also skip this step.
  9. Check the box next to "I understand that disabled accounts are not recoverable".
  10. Tap "Deactivate Account" to confirm your decision.

After following these steps, your account will be permanently deleted.

How to Delete Your Reddit Account on an iPhone

Like the Reddit Android app, the iPhone app lets you deactivate your account. Here's how:

  1. Open your Reddit app.
  2. Tap your profile avatar in the upper left corner and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Scroll down and select "FAQ HELP".
  4. Type "Disable" into the search button at the top of your screen, then tap the magnifying glass in the top right.
  5. Tap "How can I deactivate my account?" »
  6. Open the link in the page that opens to start deactivating your account.
  7. Follow the onscreen prompts to reconnect.
  8. Enter the reasons for deactivating your account in the box provided. If you don't want to specify your reasons for leaving, simply skip this step.
  9. Check the box next to "I understand that disabled accounts are not recoverable".
  10. Tap "Deactivate Account" to confirm your decision.

If you prefer to access Reddit through Safari, you can delete your account as follows:



  1. Open your browser and navigate to the official Reddit website.
  2. Enter your username and password to login.
  3. Tap your profile avatar to open your account management menu.
  4. Select "User Settings" from the drop-down menu.
  5. Scroll down and tap the "Deactivate Account" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter comments in the box provided (or skip this step), then confirm your identity as the account owner by re-entering your credentials.
  7. Check the box next to "I understand that the account is not recoverable", then press the "Deactivate account" button.

Additional FAQs

What happens when I deactivate my Reddit account?

Some things happen once you deactivate your account:


• Your profile is deleted on Reddit. Even if someone tries to open a link to your profile, they will be notified that the account has been deleted.

• Your username is removed from Reddit and is permanently retired, meaning it is no longer available for use on the platform.

• Users will still see your messages and chats, but they won't see the sender.

Can I temporarily deactivate my Reddit account?

Reddit does not have the ability to temporarily disable your account. Once an account has been disabled, it cannot be recovered. Even Reddit admins can't help.

In the “language” of Reddit, deactivating your account is the technical word used to permanently delete your account.

What happens to my posts and comments after deactivating Reddit?

Once your account is deactivated, your posts and comments will still be visible to other users, but your username will no longer be visible. Instead, the word [Deleted] will appear in place of your username.

You are always in control

Reddit has many benefits, but it also has an ugly side. If you don't want to continue participating in discussions, threads, and captions, you can easily delete your account. You can do this through a browser or the Reddit app.

Keep in mind that a deleted account cannot be reactivated and retired usernames can never be reused on the platform.

Are you a Redditor? Why did you consider deleting your account?

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