How to permanently delete your Snapchat account 

Snapchat was once hailed as a revolutionary app. Many people regarded it as the first private social media network, which brought it an unexpectedly large userbase.

But snaps turned out not to be as confidential as people thought.

If you’re worried about your private messages and photos falling into the wrong hands, you’re not the only one. Nowadays, Snapchat is at the center of privacy and security concerns.

The solution might just be joining the #UninstallSnapchat team.

Here’s how.

Before deleting your Snapchat account

In case you’re ready to pull the plug on Snapchat, you might first download a copy of your data. Yes, some things on Snapchat are being recorded and kept.

You can download it as follows:

  1. Log into your account on accounts.snapchat.com
  2. Click on ‘My Data’
  3. Click ‘Submit Request’ at the bottom of the page
  4. You’ll receive an email to your verified address with a link
  5. Click on that link to download your data

How to delete your Snapchat account

Now that that’s out of the way, you can go ahead and delete your Snapchat account.

  1. Log into your account on accounts.snapchat.com
  2. Select ‘Support’ at the bottom of the page
  3. Go to ‘My Account & Security’
  4. Click ‘Account Information’
  5. Select ‘Delete Account’

Here’s the catch. Your account won’t be automatically deleted.

For 30 days, it will remain suspended.

During these 30 days, you can reactivate your account at any time by simply logging back in if you so wish.

After this period is up, your account will be permanently deleted.

Snapchat’s darker side

Snapchat has been around since 2011 and rapidly grew more and more popular. In 2012 it attracted a huge chunk of the English-speaking world, by providing a fresh and unique way of interacting with others.

Snapchat isn’t about capturing the traditional Kodak moment. It’s about communicating with the full range of human emotion — not just what appears to be pretty or perfect.
Evan Spiegel, CEO

The company has been a real pioneer in augmented reality, which users got to experience through filters and interactive lenses.

The app also popularized stories way before they were a thing on Instagram and Facebook.

But the main winning point is in its concept—the self-destructing message mirror how people communicate face-to-face.

But behind the cool and fancy filters, Snapchat is not as private as it claims to be.

First off, your messages on Snapchat are not encrypted. So, it’s on the same level as Facebook’s Messenger.

And of course, just like any other social media, the app collects quite a bit of information about you.

When you sign in, Snapchat stores your email address, phone number, and date of birth. Ok, so far it isn’t that uncommon for a social media app.

But through tracking, it also collects:

      • Your location
      • Your interests
      • How you use the app
      • Whom you text
      • Your mobile carrier
      • Your chats

Yes, even if the chats are no longer visible to you, the company still has access to them. It’s also not clear for how long they’re stored on the Snapchat servers.

Your data is also shared with advertisers and other third parties Snapchat is affiliated with. There is no opt-out option for this.

Even if you do not use Snapchat, if a friend allows Snapchat access to their phone book to update contacts, Snapchat will collect information about you from your friend’s contacts. This may include personal information like your name, email address, and phone number.

But Snapchat also has quite a history of mishandling user data.

2013
On December 31st Snapchat was hacked after allegedly not patching an API security vulnerability disclosed in August. The hackers revealed approximately 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers on a website named SnapchatDB.info.
2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Snapchat. The government agency claimed that the company had exaggerated to the public the degree to which mobile app images and photos could actually be made to disappear.
2017
Snapchat released Snap Map, a feature that broadcasts the user’s location on a map. This caused concerns over privacy and safety. The map can be zoomed in to feature detailed geographical information, like street addresses. Reportedly, police forces issued child safety warnings.
2019
It was revealed that multiple Snapchat employees used an internal tool called SnapLion to spy on users.
2019
In September, Mozilla issued a petition urging Snapchat to disclose the app’s facial emotion recognition technology publicly. Mozilla had previously criticized what the company views as “vague, broad language” in Snapchat’s privacy policy. So far, Snapchat representatives have declined to comment.
2020
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Snapchat started being used as a platform to spread revenge porn and other non-consensual explicit images. This is a gross violation of the victims’ privacy.

Yeah, it’s no wonder people are leaving Snapchat in bulk. Especially where there are other more secure and privacy-friendly messaging apps out there.

To have the upper hand on data-mining, use a VPN when going online. Having those extra layers of protection and encryption will keep snoopers at bay.

 

Are you ready to leave Snapchat behind? What other more secure apps are you considering? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Until next time, stay safe and secure!

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great update, done and done, thanks guys

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Glad to hear the guide was helpful, Paul. 🙂

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