How to Delete Epic Games Account

Deleting an Epic Games account deletes Fortnite and associated data as well

Trying to delete a Fortnite account can cause a lot of confusion, as the popular online multiplayer game doesn’t use an account system named after itself.

Instead, Fortnite uses the Epic Games system for saving games, transferring data, and backing up player progress. In addition to powering Fortnite, players use Epic Games accounts for buying and downloading digital titles from the official Epic Games online storefront.

How Epic Games Accounts Work With Fortnite

Everyone who has ever played Fortnite will have an Epic Games account, whether they remember signing up for one or not. You create an Epic Games account automatically when you play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4.

While you can delete your Fortnite player data from the cloud, doing so requires the full deletion of the associated Epic Games account, including any digital purchases that you may have been made with it.

To stop playing Fortnite, uninstall the game from your console or gaming device. If you ever decide to play Fortnite again, log in to Epic Games and pick up where you left off. Fortnite game progress and items save to the cloud via the connected Epic Games account.

How to Delete a Fortnite Account

Deleting your Fortnite account takes a few clicks after you sign in. Follow these instructions to delete your Fortnite account.

To delete your Epic Games account, you will need the associated email address and account password.

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Epic Games website.

    If you’re not already logged in, select Sign In in the top-right corner and enter your Epic Games username or email and password.

    Official Epic Games website.
  2. Hover your cursor over your Epic Games username in the top-right corner and select Account from the drop-down menu.

    If you share your computer with other people, make sure you’re logged into the correct account. You don’t want to delete someone else’s by mistake.

    The Account link
  3. On the Account Settings page, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Next to Delete Account, select Request Account Delete.

    You can't undo deleting an Epic Games account. Be certain you want to delete Fortnite and your associated gaming data before proceeding.

    The Request Account Delete button
  4. A confirmation email containing a six digit code will go to the email address associated with your Epic Games account.

    To avoid losing the on-screen information, check your email in a separate browser tab or window.

    Epic Games account deletion email message.
  5. Enter the email code into the text field on the Epic Games website, and then select Confirm Delete Request.

    The Security Code field and Confirm Delete Request button
  6. A confirmation message will appear. Select Done to complete the process.

    It can take up to two weeks for your account to completely shut down and for all of your data to clear from Epic Games' servers.

    The Done button

What Happens When You Delete an Epic Games Account?

When you delete an Epic Games account, Epic will delete all of your game data and associated purchases. This process is permanent.

Here’s what happens after an Epic Games account deletion:

  • All of your progress in Fortnite is gone.
  • You'll lose access to any games you bought from Epic Games.
  • Your Epic Games friends list will disappear.
  • Any downloadable content (DLC) like Fortnite’s V-Bucks will also be gone.

How to Unlink an Epic Games Account From a Console

To use a different Epic Games account on your Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, you don’t need to permanently delete the account data. Instead, you can unlink it from your console and connect a new one in its place.

Unlinking an Epic Games account from a console lets you use a different account on your console while maintaining the original account and all of its data on the Epic Game servers.

If you're trying to get rid of one or more multiple accounts, you can merge those Fortnite accounts instead of deleting them. Then, any resources you have will remain, as will your greatest level of progress.

Here's how to unlink your console from an Epic Games account:

  1. Log in to the Epic Games website.

  2. Hover your cursor over your Epic Games username in the top-right corner and select Account from the drop-down menu.

    The Account link
  3. Select Connected Accounts from the menu on the left.

    The Connected Accounts section
  4. Select Disconnect under whichever console you want to unlink.

    The Disconnect button