Accounts You Can't Delete The phrase "I wish I could quit you" takes on a whole new meaning when you want out of a relationship with an internet service. Sure, you once thought you and Facebook or Amazon or Netflix would be together forever, but terms of service change, end-user license agreements mature, and, well, you're just not in the same digital place anymore. Sadly, not all websites and social networks and online retailers are created equal when it comes to breaking up.
With some, it takes only a couple of clicks to say goodbye. For a few sites, if you stop paying for the service, the site cuts ties fairly quickly.
Others make you jump through more hoops. Even after you follow all the required steps, some sites never quite leave you alone, with vestiges of your relationship around forever. No matter what you call it—deleting, canceling, removing—when you want to be rid of an online account, many sites don't make it easy.
You don't want to rush into a breakup, but if you're ready, we've compiled the links, tips, and—in the most extreme cases— the phone numbers you need to sever ties. And let's be clear, there's a difference between deleting an account and just deactivating it. We'll spell out the differences for each account, as needed.
Also, sometimes legality prevents a service from deleting everything you've posted publicly in the past, so remnants of your time there could remain in perpetuity. This list includes the big-name sites most people use. If you're looking for a site that's not on our list, check out AccountKiller. Each serves the same purpose—to let you know which sites and services make it easy to leave, which make it difficult, and which make it damn-near impossible.
But before you give Zuckerberg and Co. Some even require you to use Facebook. So killing a Facebook account could lock you out of more than just one social network, which makes some people very cranky. If you're ready to cut ties, the link to deactivate is in your account settings, found under Security, but here's a direct link to use while logged in. You can find it on the desktop or the mobile apps.
Facebook will try to convince you to stay by showing you photos of the friends who will presumably miss your online presence. If you forge ahead through your veil of tears, Facebook will ask you to specify why you're leaving, then opt-out of future emails, agree to delete any apps or pages you've developed, and hit confirm.
This effectively puts your account to sleep. Facebook will leave you alone, but there's the option to reactivate. To fully delete an account, go to the Delete My Account page. Be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, "after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.
Twitter Tweets are a breeze to obliterate. Visit Twitter's " account settings " page from a desktop web browser you can't do it via mobile and you can deactivate your account with the link at the bottom. Enter your password when requested. After 30 days—the grace period for you to return—the account and data is deleted.
If all else fails, call Note that Vine, the hobbled six-second video-sharing service owned by Twitter , is also matched to your Twitter account, so deleting Twitter deletes your Vine. Visit your Vine settings on the desktop to click the Delete Account link, or email vinehelp twitter. Google and YouTube Google is big. The company has so many services—an office suite and storage via Google Drive , email via Gmail, blogging with Blogger, apps and media via the Google Play store, advertising via AdSense, video sharing via YouTube, maps, Hangouts, Google Photos, a sad play at a social network Deleting all of them in one fell swoop is actually quite easy.
Use the Delete Google Account link. That's all it takes to walk away entirely and lose all those files, emails, videos, etc. This is the only way to get rid of some accounts within Google. For example, there's no way to completely delete a Blogger account only individual blogs under it without this nuclear option.
YouTube can be deleted separately. What you get here is the option to delete your YouTube channel—it won't kill the required Google account.
But it will obliterate all the videos on the channel, including videos you may have purchased! You'll be given an option to do that, or just hide the channel instead.
Hiding has granular options like deleting comments you've made. That's a tool more people should take advantage of. You might have a profile to get rid of.
It will not delete a YouTube channel associated with the profile. Naturally, "some data will be kept, and some data will be deleted or converted," according to Google. LinkedIn It could be argued that LinkedIn is the most useful social network around, especially for job networking. That doesn't mean you won't want to cancel.
In fact, LinkedIn specifically suggests that if you have multiple accounts, you should close all but one to consolidate. To close an account, log in via a desktop browser and click the thumbnail pic in the upper right to access Account: It'll take you to this page. Give a reason you're leaving—most sites want to know what they can improve, or did wrong— and then click Continue.
You have 20 days to reinstate your account, if you regret the deletion decision. Certain info, like endorsements and followings, are lost for good. Contact Customer Service and confirm your email address to do so. LinkedIn provides a link to contact them on the bottom of every page or call Sticking with branding is not a strong suit in Redmond.
For now at least, your master Microsoft account signs in to everything Microsofty, from Outlook. How you access your account depends on what site or service you enter, but there is a close account page. Microsoft promise that it "deletes all the data associated" if you do so—but that takes 60 days, during which time you can reopen it, if you still have the account security info.
It won't be that simple for most people, however. You can't delete the account until you've canceled any premium paid services or subscriptions you have with Microsoft Commerce while logged in. Plus, Microsoft lists other things you should do first, like use up your Skype credit and reset your automatic replies on Outlook. Got more serious problems? Skype It used to be impossible to kill a Skype account, but you can reportedly now do it via an online chat with Skype representatives.
It's only possible if you're logged into the Skype. They'll still ask for proof by asking you to identify at least five contacts in your Skype account, plus the email you used to sign up. After that, they'll shut it down for you. Snapchat Simply deleting the app from your phone doesn't do the trick. There also isn't a way to delete your account from within the app. But all is not lost. Then you just click Delete My Account and your long, sordid or probably not-so-sordid history with Snapchat is over.
That company hung on to customers as tightly as Scrooge with a ha'penny. Users had to call, fax, and threaten lawsuits to be cut loose. That torch has been passed on to Comcast. Now, whether you've got a free or paid account, it's relatively simple to get free of the former "America Online. You'll see a Cancel link under the type of AOL subscription you have. Even if it's just an AIM account used for instant messaging, you can delete it with a click and a confirmation.
This is definitely worth doing if you don't use AOL, and check for your family members as well—as little as two years ago, there were reportedly still as many as 2. Yahoo and Flickr When you delete your Yahoo account, you're signing out permanently from a number of services: There is a magic page for deleting a user account , which will spell out what your Yahoo ID deletion does; it may take up to 90 days for full deletion to go through.
Note again, killing your Yahoo account kills your Flickr account. Tumblr Yahoo bought Tumblr, but the blog site has its own login. You can delete your blog or blogs without killing the account, of course, using the Account Manager. Killing your entire Tumblr account is done at the account deletion page.
Reddit Reddit users have it easy when it comes to account deletion, which makes sense for such a tech-savvy location. Evernote Evernote is an easy-to-use repository for anything and everything you'd want to store while you're online. Getting rid of your data and account isn't as easy.
First, log in and delete every single thing you stored there—and delete the trash, too, as those items are not automatically erased. Then go to the Deactivate Action page. Note that it's not a true deletion, but it does prevent you from ever accessing Evernote with that same email address ever again.
You can change your email address easily enough under settings; don't use the nuclear option for that. Pinterest This is another site where you can deactivate the account to stop using it, but can't actually delete it. Once you disable things, the boards and everything you pinned are no longer available and the account is unlinked from services like Facebook and Twitter.
But the username and email on the account remain in place, so change the account email address first if you want to set up a new Pinterest account later. To deactivate, click your name while logged in, go to Settings , and you'll find the Deactivate Account button in the bottom the Account Basics section.