If you want to erase your presence on Reddit, you may decide that deleting your account is the best way to do it. Here’s how.
Reddit is a great platform for communities, with subreddits covering every interest imaginable. You can ask questions, post funny pictures, or share your most private thoughts with millions of other reddit users.
You’re not limited to a single account, either. If you want to post anonymously, you can create a throwaway Reddit account to post under the radar. You may want to delete your Reddit account at some stage, however, especially if it’s only temporary—here’s how.
What Happens When You Delete a Reddit Account
Before you rush to delete your Reddit account, you should probably be aware of the consequences.
Deleting your account does not mean that any submitted posts, comments, or other Reddit content you’ve shared will be erased. Post threads will remain with titles, original posts, and other comments intact. Your Reddit account name will disappear, but the content itself will remain.
What you will lose is your list of subscribed subreddits, as well as access to any private messages you may have shared with other Reddit users. Post and comment karma, along with other Reddit perks like Reddit Premium, will also end at this point.
You’ll need to delete individual posts and comments first before you delete your account if you want to erase them. You can do this for all your posts at once using the Nuke Reddit History extension for Google Chrome, but there’s no built-in method for doing this.
Make sure you’re really sure about deleting your Reddit account before you decide to proceed. The process can’t be reversed, so if you change your mind afterwards—too late!
Deleting a Reddit Account Online
If you’re really sure that you want to delete your Reddit account, you can do so from the Reddit website. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to delete your Reddit account using the Reddit mobile app, or by using any third-party apps for Reddit.
To do this, you’ll need to first sign in with the account you’re looking to delete, making sure you’re signed in to the right account first.
Click the Log In button in the top-right corner of the website to do this.
Once you’re signed in, click your account name in the top-right corner. From the drop-down menu, click the User Settings option.
This will take you to the user settings menu for your Reddit account. In the Account tab, scroll to the bottom until you reach the Deactivate Account section.
Click the Deactivate Account button to begin the deletion process.
In the pop-up Feed Settings menu, Reddit will warn you that deleting your account won’t erase your post and comment history.
To delete your account, provide your Reddit username and account in the Username and Password boxes and make sure that the I understand that deactivated accounts are not recoverable checkbox is enabled.
You’re invited to leave a feedback comment, but leave this if you prefer not to explain why you’re deleting your account. Once you’re ready to proceed, press the Deactivate button.
You’ll need to confirm your choice, so press Deactivate again to confirm.
Your account will be permanently deleted at this point. As we’ve explained, this process is irreversible, so you won’t be able to restore your account once you’ve done this.
Making the Most of a Reddit Account
If you’re a Reddit newbie, you might not realise the potential a Reddit account can bring. There’s a subreddit for every interest imaginable, from the boring to the ridiculous. If there isn’t the right subreddit for you, you could always start your own.