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How to Delete a Reddit Account



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If you are no longer interested in using Reddit, you can delete your account. However, you̵

7;ll have to jump through some extra hoops if you want to delete your Reddit posts and comments as well. Here’s how to do it.

Things to Know Before Deleting Your Account

Reddit gives you the option to “deactivate” your account. This deactivation is permanent. After you deactivate (delete) your account, your profile will be permanently removed from Reddit and your username will also disappear from Reddit.

However, any Reddit posts or comments you have made will remain on the website. They just don’t have your Reddit username associated with them. As Reddit puts it, they are “not attributed” and no one knows who posted them. Messages you have sent are also no longer attributed.

Warning: Once you deactivate your Reddit account, there is no way to go back and delete old posts and comments that you might want to delete from Reddit. You must delete them before deleting your account.

Should you delete posts and comments?

Whether or not you should delete posts and comments really depends on how you use Reddit.

Suppose your username is Jane123 and you have commented with the content ‘lol’. When you deactivate your Reddit account, the comment “lol” will still appear on Reddit, but your username will not be associated with it. People can just tell it came from a deleted account, but not which deleted account it came from. That probably isn’t a problem.

But let’s say you posted a comment that read, ‘My name is Jane. I work at [a specific business] and live in [a specific town.]When you deactivate your account, that comment will remain on Reddit. Although it is not associated with your Reddit username, it still contains your personal information.

So if you have posts and comments with personal information, you may want to delete it before deactivating your account. We show you how to remove them – and how to check it.

Delete messages and comments

To view posts and comments you have made on Reddit, go to the Reddit website and sign in with the Reddit account you want to delete.

Click on your name in the top right corner of the Reddit website and select “Profile” to view your profile.

Click on your name and select

Click ‘Posts’ at the top of the page to view your Reddit posts. Click on “Comments” to view your comments.

Click

Review the posts and comments lists to see which posts and comments you may want to delete. To delete a post or comment, click the “…” button below that post or comment and select “Delete”.

Click

When you are done, you can proceed to delete your account.

How to Delete Your Reddit Account

To delete your account, visit your Reddit account settings page.

You can find it by clicking on your name in the top right corner of the Reddit website and selecting ‘User Settings’.

Click on your name and select

Click the red link “Deactivate account” at the bottom of the page.

Click on the

Reddit will ask you for optional feedback on why you are deleting your account. You will need to provide your username and password, click “I understand that deactivated accounts cannot be recovered” and “Deactivate” to continue.

Warning: This will permanently delete your Reddit account. You cannot get it back and you will never be able to use that username for a new Reddit account in the future. You also can’t delete posts or comments that you haven’t deleted yet.

Enter your account information, confirm your choice and click

Reddit will ask you for confirmation one last time. Click “Deactivate” if you are sure you want to continue.

Click

You are now done – your Reddit account has disappeared.




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