How to delete your Reddit account

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Reddit is one of the biggest social networks out there today.

Sure, it may not be as big as Facebook or Instagram, but it is not far behind. This is a significant feat, especially considering that it is a blogging type of social network, where you will mostly read other people’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

However, there have been a lot of people who have started deleting their Reddit accounts and permanently abandoning the network.

If you are among those who wish to do it, keep reading, and we will tell you exactly what to do.

Steps to delete your Reddit account

The steps for deleting your Reddit account are quite simple.

You can have the whole process done in a matter of seconds. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Reddit’s website.
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Go to User Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  5. Click on ‘Deactivate Account‘ in the bottom-right corner of the page.Deactivate Reddit account option
  6. Enter your login information to confirm your identity.
  7. Click ‘Deactivate’ again, and that will be it.

At this point, your account will be gone, and that will be it.

Can you recover your account after deletion?

Unfortunately, no. After you delete your Reddit, that’s it. No going back.

This is why there is also a box that says, “I understand that deactivated accounts are not recoverable” that you need to check, right before you click that final ‘Deactivate.’

You should be aware that your username will be deleted from Reddit, and no one will ever be able to use it again, including you.

However, while your account will be gone, your posts will remain visible to the public, and you won’t be able to delete them after deleting your account.

They won’t be signed under your username anymore, but they will be there, so any content that you wish to remove needs to be removed manually and before deactivation.

Reasons to quit Reddit

Reddit is a rather popular social network for many communities, and even just random people who browse from post to post, reading others’ experiences, stories, and alike.

However, as anyone who has ever used the site can tell you, it can become extremely addictive and quickly.

In fact, many have fallen into the trap of going from one subreddit to another, continually discovering new ones, expanding their interests, posting, collecting karma, and more.

After reviewing your time spent on the platform after a while, it is safe to say that it doesn’t add value to your life, not really.

In fact, it could have a negative effect.

It is distracting and addicting, and you can spend hours upon hours, and even entire days on the platform. Meanwhile, your life is passing by, opportunities are slipping, and you could end up regretting your decisions.

Top Reasons

  • Recover your privacy.
  • Reduce your screen time.
  • Start with a new account.
  • Distance yourself from your posts.
  • Become more productive.

If you have any doubts or your feel dissatisfied with how much time you are spending on Reddit, it is best to delete it. Make that step and take control of your life once more.

Can you improve privacy by deleting Reddit?

Actually, yes.

As mentioned, Reddit is a place where you would read and write lengthy texts, whether those are stories from your life, opinions on various (sometimes controversial) topics, thoughts, feelings, and more.

After a while, you may end up feeling like you have said and revealed too much about yourself.

This information, in combination with your account username, IP address, and similar details, can allow someone to connect the dots and endanger your privacy, or even safety.

Much of this depends on how much personally identifiable information you chose to share through the lifespan of your account.

Many people delete their Reddit account to prevent this and come up with a new one to start over with.


Reddit can be a fun platform for browsing from time to time, and there are countless practical problems whose solutions lie in the comment section of posts on various subreddits.

However, if you start noticing that you spend a bit too much time on the platform and that you may be falling under its charm – it is best to end things quickly.

If you can, leave on your own. If you think that deleting your account is the best way to prevent yourself from coming back, that is an option, as well.

Deleting your account will get rid of it forever, but your privacy will be increased, and you won’t spend every free moment of your day on the platform, and waste countless hours that you will never get back.

I would love to hear why you decided to wave goodbye to Reddit, so why not let me know in the comments section below?

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Author: Ali Raza

Ali is a journalist with a keen interest in VPN usage. He is an expert in the field and has been covering VPN related topics for VPNCompare and numerous well-respected publications for many years.

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