How to Delete a Reddit Account

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As a prime location for comments, photos, memes, and more, Reddit is known as the front page of the internet for a reason. But sometimes it’s good to move on, and is easier than you might think to remove your Reddit account. Here’s all you need to know about deleting your account.

While Reddit allows you to shut down your account, the process does not remove your old comments and shared posts. If there are things you want to delete, you'll need to remove each one before you close your Reddit account.

How to Delete a Reddit Account

  1. On a desktop browser, go to reddit.com and make sure you’re logged into the account you wish to delete.

    If you have multiple Reddit accounts and only wish to close a specific one, double-check you're logged in to the username you want to close. Once this process is complete, you cannot recover the account. 

  2. You'll see the main page with trending posts. In the upper right of the screen is the username associated to the account. Select the small down arrow next to the username.

    Reddit homepage with the username and associated down arrow highlighted.
  3. Select User Settings.

    Reddit homepage with the user profile dropdown menu open.
  4. You'll now be on the user settings page. From the Account tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Deactivate Account to begin the account deletion process.

    Reddit's User settings page with the Deactivate account option highlighted.
  5. Next, you'll see a popup box with information about deactivating your account. It includes notices about alternatives to shutting down your Reddit account, as well as a warning that your contributions will remain on the platform. There's also an optional comment box for providing feedback, followed by username and password fields.

    Reddit account deactivation popup box.
  6. To move forward with shutting down your account, enter your Reddit username and password in the corresponding fields, select I understand that deactivated accounts are not recoverable, then select Deactivate.

    Reddit account deactivation popup box with the username and password fields filled and highlighted. A checkbox is also highlighted.
  7. The final popup box which will ask if you really do want to deactivate your Reddit account. You're warned that the action cannot be reversed. You have two options here: Cancel and Deactivate. Select Deactivate to finalize the account shutdown process.

    The final popup in the Reddit account deactivation process. The Deactivate button is highlighted.
  8. Once the account deletion process is complete, you're automatically routed to the Reddit sign in page.

    Reddit sign-in page.
  9. If you want to be sure the Reddit account has closed, try to log in with the username and password. You should then see an error, telling you that you've entered an incorrect username or password. If, however, you are able to still log in, repeat steps 2 through 7.

    Reddit sign-in error.
  10. That's it! The Reddit account is deactivated.