How to delete Snapchat and say goodbye to the ghost

Whether you tried the app and didn’t like it or straight up forgot you ever installed it, deleting your Snapchat account is a smart idea if you’re not using it anymore. Although the platform claims not to store any of your messages, its privacy policy states that it stores your personal data and holds onto videos, photos, and messages for 30 days. Even so, you should consider deleting the account to ensure your data is truly gone.

Ready to break up with the white ghost and make more room for your TikToks? We have all the information you’ll need to delete Snapchat and leave it behind forever.

First, download your Snapchat data

Before you delete social media accounts, you should grab all the information you don’t have stored elsewhere. To download and back up your Snapchat data, you must have a validated email address where your files can be sent. If you’d rather not save anything, you can skip right to our steps on how to delete Snapchat.

How to download Snapchat data on Android and iOS

If you want to download Snapchat data directly from the app onto your phone, follow these steps:

1. Open the app and click on your Snapchat profile Bitmoji in the upper left corner of your screen.

To access Snapchat profile settings, click on your Bitmoji. Screenshot: Snapchat

2. Go to Settings by tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner of your screen.

Snapchat's profile settings.
Click on the gear icon to access profile settings. Screenshot: Snapchat

3. Scroll down to Privacy Controls and tap My Data.

Snapchat's profile settings.
Click on “My Data” to see what’s available for download. Screenshot: Snapchat

4. Snapchat will give you an overview of the data it can send you. Select or deselect the data you want, and click Next in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Snapchat's download settings.
Maybe you want just your chats; maybe you want everything. Screenshot: Snapchat

5. Enter a date range for the data you wish to download, then add your email address. Select Submit at the bottom right corner of the screen.

The date range options for downloading Snapchat data.
The date range function can help you leave some posts in the past. Screenshot: Snapchat

6. Snapchat will send you an email with a link to download a ZIP file of your data. Open the email and click the hyperlink under “click here.”

An email sent by Snapchat describing how to download your Snapchat data before deleting your Snapchat account.
As long as you’re expecting this email, click the link. Screenshot: Snapchat

7. You will then need to log into your Snapchat account via a mobile web browser.

8. Once logged in, click See exports.

Snapchat's data download screen.
You’re almost done with the download and backup process. Screenshot: Snapchat

9. Click Download to save the ZIP file that holds your Snapchat data. All of it will be stored on your mobile device. If you don’t have enough space, open the email on a laptop or desktop computer and save it there.

Snapchat's data screen showing where to download saved data.
One click will get the job done. Screenshot: Snapchat

Download your Snapchat data from the web

If you want to download Snapchat data directly from the web onto your computer, follow these steps:

1. Go to accounts.snapchat.com in your web browser and log in with your personal account. Click on My Data.

Snapchat's profile screen in a web browser.
Hopefully you remember your login information! Screenshot: Snapchat

2. Click on See exports. Similar to the app, you will see the data that’s available for export. Then Download. You should be able to immediately download your ZIP file to your desktop.

Snapchat's data screen on a web browser, showing where to download your data.
Get ready… Screenshot: Snapchat

How to delete Snapchat or just deactivate it

Now that your data is backed up and secure, it’s time to delete Snapchat. However, it’s important to note that when you delete your account, it will initially just be deactivated, and you can log back in within 30 days to reactivate it. If you don’t log back into your account after 30 days, your Snapchat account will be gone forever.

How to delete or deactivate Snapchat from the Android or iPhone app

1. Launch the Snapchat app on your mobile device. Tap your Snapchat profile icon at the top of the screen to open your profile and go to Settings.

Snapchat's login screen on the mobile app.
Get started with the gear icon. Screenshot: Snapchat

2. Scroll down, and under the Account Actions section, tap Delete Account.

Snapchat's profile settings, showing where to find the button to delete your Snapchat account.
There’s the option you need. Screenshot: Snapchat

3. Enter your username and password, and tap Continue. The next screen will let you know your Snapchat account is in the deactivation period.

Snapchat's deactivation screen, with information about what it means to delete your Snapchat account.
They really don’t want you to leave. Screenshot: Snapchat

4. Return to the login screen, enter the username and password associated with your Snapchat account again, and tap Continue. An “Account Deactivated” screen will remind you that your Snapchat account is in the 30-day deactivation period, and Snapchat will delete your account if you don’t log back in within 30 days. For added phone security, check in after 30 days to ensure the account has actually been deleted.

Snapchat's deactivation screen, which you'll see even if you've deleted your account.
Don’t worry, you deleted your Snapchat account—deactivation is just part of the process. Screenshot: Snapchat

How to delete or deactivate your Snapchat account from the web

1. Go to accounts.snapchat.com in your web browser and log in with your personal account. Select the gear icon and go to Account Settings.

Snapchat's online profile screen, showing where to find Account Settings.
Now, let’s get started deleting your account. Screenshot: Snapchat

2. Select Delete my account.

Snapchat's web profile screen, showing where to find the option to delete your Snapchat account.
Deletion is as easy as that. Screenshot: Snapchat

3. You will get a warning message about the 30-day deletion window, and Snapchat will delete your account if you don’t log back in during that time. Just make sure to check in after 30 days to ensure the account is actually gone.

Snapchat's delete account screen.
In 30 days, you’ll have given up the ghost. Screenshot: Snapchat

FAQs

Q: How do I remove the date and time from a Snapchat photo?

To remove the date and time from a photo, you can use photo editing software or apps that offer features like cropping, blurring, or covering up the date and time stamp. These tools allow you to easily edit the photo and remove unwanted elements, such as the date and time.

Q: Can you permanently delete all Snapchat messages?

It is possible to permanently delete all Snapchat messages. Snapchat offers a feature called “Clear Chats,” which allows users to delete entire conversations from their accounts. Additionally, once a message is deleted, it cannot be recovered by either the sender or the recipient. However, it’s important to note that this only applies to messages sent between you and the other person, not screenshots or saved messages they may have taken.

Q: How do I reactivate Snapchat?

To reactivate Snapchat within the 30-day deactivation period, open the app on your device and enter your login credentials. If you have forgotten your password, you can easily reset it by clicking the “Forgot Password” option and following the prompts. Once logged in, you can access all your previous chats, stories, and friends list.