How to permanently delete your Snapchat account 

Once hailed as a private messaging and social media app, Snapchat has quickly seen itself fall prey to controversy and privacy concerns.

It turns out Snaps aren’t nearly as confidential as people were led to think. And if you’re concern about your private images, you aren’t the only one.

The good news is that you can always join the #UninstallSnapchat team.

Here’s how.

Snapchat’s rise to fame

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.

The interactions are temporary, which causes less friction between users.

With 53.5 million downloads, Snapchat was in the list of top 10 most popular apps worldwide in 2019. And according to the latest Snapchat statistics, over 210 million snaps are created every single day in 2020.

But things aren’t as rosy as they seem.

Snapchat’s darker side

Behind the cool and fancy filters, Snapchat is nowhere near as private as they claim to be.

First off, communication is not encrypted.

And of course, 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, which isn’t 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.

Your data is also shared with advertisers and other third parties Snapchat is affiliated with.

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 declined to respond.
2020
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Snapchat started being used as a platform to spread revenge porn and other non-consensual explicit images, a gross violation of the victims’ privacy.

Yikes. For a company promoting private messaging, Snapchat doesn’t really seem to be that keen on protecting your privacy.

So, it’s up to you to protect your private information as best you can. And in case you’re considering leaving Snapchat for good, we’ve got you covered.

How to delete 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 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

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.

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

 

Have you used Snapchat? Are you using other more secure social media apps? 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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