How to Delete Epic Games Account

It's how you delete a Fortnite account too

Epic Games' Fortnite video game.

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Working out how to delete a Fortnite account often causes a lot of confusion, as the popular video game doesn’t actually use an account system named after itself.

Instead, Fortnite uses the Epic Games system for saving games, backing up player progress and purchases to the cloud, and for transferring data between platforms. In addition to powering Fortnite, Epic Games accounts are also used 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. An Epic Games account is automatically created when Fortnite is played on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4.

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

If you just want to stop playing Fortnite, simply uninstall it from your console, smart device, or computer. If you ever decide to play Fortnite again, just log into Epic Games and pick up where you left off. Fortnite game progress and items are saved to the cloud via the connected Epic Games account, not locally on a computer, smartphone, or console.

How to Delete a Fortnite Account

In the past, the only way to delete an Epic Games account was to email the company directly and ask them to manually delete your data and login information. Thankfully, this method is no longer required and accounts can be deleted fairly quickly.

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

  1. Open your preferred web browser and go to the official Epic Games website.

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

  2. Hover your mouse cursor over your Epic Games username in the top-right corner to activate a menu.

    Official Epic Games website.
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    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.

  3. Select Account.

  4. You’ll now be taken to your Epic Games account settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    Official Epic Games website.
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    You don’t need to select any of the links from the menu on the left side of the screen.

  5. Under Delete Account, select Request Account Delete.

    Deleting an account on the official Epic Games website.
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    An Epic Games account deletion can’t be undone, so be sure you really want to delete Fortnite and your other gaming data before proceeding.

  6. A confirmation email containing a six digit code will be sent to the email address associated with your Epic Games account.

    Epic Games account deletion email message.

    If you check your email in a web browser, do so in a new browser tab or window. Make sure you keep your Epic Games account page open.

  7. Enter the code into the field on the Epic Games website, then select Confirm Delete Request.

    Account deletion process on the official Epic Games website.
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  8. A confirmation message will now be shown.

    Official Epic Games website.

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

  9. Select Done.

What Happens When You Delete an Epic Games Account?

When you delete an Epic Games account, all of your game data and associated purchases will be completely erased. This process is permanent and cannot be reversed.

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

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

How to Unlink an Epic Games Account From a Console

If you just want 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.

To unlink your console from an Epic Games account, log into the Epic Games website, select Connected Accounts from the left menu, then select Disconnect under whichever console you want to unlink.

Connecting Github, Twitch, Xbox, Playstation Network, and Nintendo Switch accounts to an Epic Games account on the official Epic Games website.
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