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Reddit, unlike other social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, does not allow temporary deactivation of accounts. Rather, on Reddit, you have to be certain you want to do away with your account forever, since you can only delete your account.

If you’re ready to delete your Reddit account, follow these steps:

  1. Log in on Reddit.
  2. In the top right hand of the screen, click on your Username, then choose “User Settings.”
  3. Open the “Account Tab” and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  4. Click on the “Delete Account” button that’s highlighted in red.
  5. Optional: Fill in a reason for deleting your account.
  6. Fill in your credentials for security purposes.
  7. Check the box that indicates that you understand that deleted accounts are not recoverable.
  8. Click on “Delete.”
  9. A popup will warn you the action cannot be undone. Click on “Delete” again.

It’s good to note that deleting your Reddit account does not automatically erase all your comments and posts. Instead, you have to delete each post and comment individually before moving on to deletion.

In our full article below we discuss how you can back up your data, delete your posts, and delete your Reddit account in more detail.

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Reddit, which presents itself as the “front page of the internet,” has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, this didn’t come without detrimental effects. In 2019, Reddit quietly re-enabled a setting that allowed them to collect user location data, which they shared with third parties.

While Reddit can be fun, users cannot ignore the deep-seated privacy issues that plague the platform. Not to mention, excessive use can quickly spiral into an addiction, which can especially be dangerous for younger users on Reddit. That’s why some users might want to get rid of their Reddit account once and for all. In this article, we will show you how to delete a Reddit account completely, as well as how to back up your data and delete Reddit comments.

Can I Deactivate Reddit?

Unlike most social media platforms, Reddit does not allow you to deactivate your account. This means there is no way to “pause” your account temporarily and reactivate it later. Instead, you can only delete your Reddit account permanently. That’s why you should be absolutely certain you want to do away with your account and username forever before you take any further steps.

Should I Delete My Posts and Comments?

Deleting your Reddit account does not automatically remove your posts and comments. You’ll have to do that separately. If you don’t, your Reddit username will not appear on top of your posts anymore as shown below. Instead, it will be replaced with [deleted], but your messages and posts will remain intact.

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Therefore, if you have any personally identifiable information posts, such as your real name, where you work, or even a holiday announcement, it’s wise to delete those before deactivating your account. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to.

On the other hand, helpful answers to questions you may have posted can be invaluable to users long after you deleted your account. For example, a post sharing important tips for first-time international travelers is best to leave up, even when you’re closing down your account.

In the end, it’s good to review your post history and decide which information may be worth leaving online and which posts need to be deleted.

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Step 1: Back Up Your Reddit Information

Even if you wish to delete your Reddit account, you may still want to keep all your posts to reminisce about your time on the site in the future. If that’s you, you should back up your Reddit data before deleting your account.

Unfortunately, Reddit does not provide a data export functionality that allows you to back up your data instantly. Instead, you must submit a request, which may take up to 30 days to be answered. In practice, this time often is much shorter. Our data request, for example, took just six hours to be processed.

How to download your Reddit posts

If you would like to back up your data on Reddit, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the “Request Your Data” webpage in your browser.
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  3. Confirm your username, then check the appropriate option under“What type of request is it?” Choose“GDPR” if you’re a citizen of the European Union, “CCPA” if you’re in California, and “Other” if you’re anywhere else in the world.
  4. Choose whether you’d like data pertaining to a certain time period or all your Reddit data. Then click “Submit.”
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  6. A confirmation page will acknowledge receipt of your request.
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  8. In a couple of days (or hours, in our case), you’ll receive a link from u/RedditDataRequests in your Reddit inbox. This link will lead you to an archive containing your data.
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  10. Click the link to download the archive.
  11. Unzip the file to find CSV files containing all your data.
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  13. Open the files with Microsoft Excel or a similar program to view them.

And there you have it: all your Reddit data is stored on your device. You’re now ready to wipe your data from Reddit before deleting your account for good. To do so, read on.

Step 2: Delete Your Reddit Posts and Comments

As mentioned earlier, deleting your account does not delete your data. A good rule of thumb is to delete posts and comments that contain personal information and leave behind helpful information for other users.

That said, you should be aware that the process is a bit tedious, especially if you’ve been active on the platform for a while. Why? Because on Reddit, you must delete old posts and comments individually.

How to delete a Reddit post

To delete a Reddit post, log into Reddit and follow these steps:

  1. Click on your username in the upper right corner, then click on “Profile.”
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  3. Click on the “Posts” tab.
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  5. Click the three horizontal dots next to the post(s) you would like to delete. Then, click “Delete.”
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  7. Confirm you want to delete the post.
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How to delete a Reddit comment

You should also check the comments you left on other people’s posts for personal information you might not want on the internet forever. Here’s how you can delete your old Reddit comments.

  1. Navigate to the “Comments” tab under “Profile.”
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  3. Click on the three horizontal dots under your comment, then click “Delete.”
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  5. Confirm that you want to delete the comment.
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Repeat these steps to delete other posts and comments.

Step 3: Delete Your Reddit Account

Whether you’ve been turned off by Reddit’s lackluster privacy policies or you want to reclaim your time, the platform allows you to delete your account. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions to completely delete a Reddit account on different devices.

How to delete a Reddit account on desktop

Once you’ve backed up your data and deleted any posts and comments with personal information, it’s time to proceed with deleting your account. Below is a step-by-step process on how to do this on desktop:

  1. Go to the Reddit website and log in.
  2. In the top right corner of the screen, click on your Username and then on “User Settings.”
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  4. Under the “Account” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page.
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  6. Click on the “Delete Account” button highlighted in red.
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  8. Reddit will ask you why you want to delete your account. You can fill this in, but you don’t have to.
  9. Fill in your credentials again for security purposes.
  10. Tick the box in front of “I understand that deleted accounts aren’t recoverable” and then click on “Delete“.
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  12. A pop-up will warn you the action cannot be undone. Click on “Delete.”
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Voilà! You’ve permanently deleted your Reddit account for good.

How to delete a Reddit account on Android

If you’d like to delete your Reddit account on your Android phone, follow these steps:

  1. Open your favorite mobile browser on your Android phone.
  2. Visit the Account Settings page on Reddit.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Delete Account” highlighted in red.
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  5. A popup will appear requesting feedback on why you are deactivating your account (optional). Enter your account credentials, then tick the confirmation box and click on “DeleteAccount.”
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  7. Confirm you would like to permanently delete your Reddit account by tapping “Delete.”
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Your Reddit account has now been permanently removed. To confirm, try logging in with your deleted username and password. It should show an error.

How to delete a Reddit account on iPhone

Deleting your Reddit account on an iPhone is super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Open the iPhone Reddit appand tap on your Avatar in the top right corner.
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  3. At the bottom, tap on “Settings.”
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  5. Tap on “Delete Account” at the bottom of the list. It should show up in red.
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  7. You’ll get a pop-up requesting confirmation. Tap on “Yes, Delete.”
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Your account has now been successfully deleted.

Update Your Reddit Privacy Settings

If you don’t wish to delete your Reddit account, but want to limit the amount of data Reddit collects about you, you can change your privacy settings. Privacy settings grant users the opportunity to switch off data collection for those bits of information they don’t wish to share. Luckily, the process is quick and easy:

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  1. Log in to the Reddit website on Reddit.com using your favorite browser.
  2. In the top right corner, click on your Username, then choose “User Settings” from the dropdown menu.
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  4. Click the tab titled “Safety & Privacy.”
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  6. Scroll down to the section titled “Privacy” and turn off the options you’re not comfortable with.
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In its privacy policy, Reddit discloses that they collect certain personal information, such as location, cookie data, and linked accounts data. This data may be used for their own internal purposes, shared with third parties, or for targeted advertising.

Switching your privacy settings off is a step towards protecting your information while on the platform. If you’d like to know more, you can read our full article on Reddit’s privacy settings.

Clear Your Reddit History

Reddit saves every post you click on in its history. It’s a nifty feature that allows you to revisit a post you’ve previously accessed. However, it also has its downsides. Through your history, someone with access to your Reddit account would be able to see the posts you interact with on the platform. That’s why it might be nice to clean up your Reddit history every once in a while.

Clearing your history is only possible on the app on Android and iPhone. You’ll find the full instructions below.

How to clear your Reddit history on Android

Here’s how you can clear your Reddit history on Android:

  1. Open the Android app, then click on your Avatar in the top right corner.
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  3. Click on “History.”
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  5. Click on the three dots in the top right corner.
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  7. Click on “Clear History.”
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That’s it! You can now keep your post interactions on Reddit private.

How to clear your Reddit history on iPhone

To wipe your Reddit history from prying eyes on your iPhone, follow these quick steps:

  1. Open the Reddit app on your iPhone and tap your Avatar in the top right corner.
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  3. Tap “Settings” at the bottom.
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  5. Tap “Clear Local History“.
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Done! Your history has been deleted. Make this a habit so to keep your post interactions private.

Use a VPN for Reddit

Despite Reddit giving you some control over what you can share with them, they still collect an immense amount of information about you in various ways that aren’t quite as easy to restrict. This is where using a virtual private network (VPN) can help.

With a VPN, you can go the extra mile and mask your IP address, browsing activity, and other identifying factors that are used to track you online. This will make you safer and more anonymous on the internet, including on Reddit. A VPN can even give you more online freedom by giving you access to content you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. If you were wrongfully banned on Reddit, it can even help you regain access to the platform!

We should mention, however, that a VPN won’t make you completely anonymous on Reddit. The platform can still see your account’s activity, it just won’t be able to see your actual location.

We consider NordVPN to be the best VPN for Reddit, because it offers great levels of security as well as high speeds. If you’d like to give it a try, you can head over to NordVPN’s official website right away. Would you rather read more about different VPN options? Check out our list of the best VPNs for Reddit.

Reddit is undeniably entertaining and informative. However, it can also have negative consequences, such as loss of time, personal information shared on the platform coming back to haunt you, or online tracking due to your data being shared with third parties.

In the case of Reddit and other social media sites, it’s good to enjoy all that the platforms have to offer, while also taking your data privacy seriously. You can do this by using a VPN and taking a minute to review your privacy settings and turn off features such as location access, search engine indexing, and personalized ads.

If you’d rather stop with the socials altogether, you can always permanently delete your social media accounts. Are you on a social media purge? One of these articles might come in handy:

  • How to Delete Your Twitter Account
  • How to Delete Your Facebook Account
  • How to Delete Your LinkedIn Account
  • How to Delete Your Instagram Account
  • How to Delete Your Telegram Account

How to Delete Your Reddit Account Completely: Frequently Asked Questions

Didn’t find what you were looking for in the article? Find below the most common questions regarding how to delete your Reddit account.

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How do I permanently delete my Reddit account?

To permanently delete your Reddit account on desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Log in on Reddit.
  2. Click on your Username in the top right corner, then on “User Settings.”
  3. Click on “Delete Account” at the bottom of the “Account” tab.
  4. Fill in your credentials, check the box to indicate you understand that deleted accounts are not recoverable, then click on “Delete.”
  5. Click on “Delete” again in the pop-up that shows up.

You’ll be notified that your account has been deleted.

How do I delete my Reddit account on Android?

Here’s how to delete your Reddit account via Android:

  1. Visit Reddit’s Account Settings page.
  2. Click on “Delete Account” highlighted in red at the bottom.
  3. Enter your credentials, tick the confirmation box, and click on “Delete Account.”
  4. Confirm you would like to delete your account, then tap “Delete.”

If you’d like to know how to back up your data or delete your posts first, read our article on how to delete your Reddit account.

How do I delete my Reddit account on iPhone?

Deleting your Reddit account on an iPhone is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Open the iPhone Reddit app. Tap on your avatar in the top right corner.
  2. Click on “Settings.”
  3. Tap “Delete Account” at the bottom.
  4. You’ll get a popup requesting confirmation. Tap “Delete.”

Keep in mind that deleting your Reddit account is instant and irreversible. If you’d like to make a backup of your posts or delete comments with personal information, you should do that before deleting your account.

Can I deactivate my Reddit account temporarily?

No, Reddit only offers a delete option. Unlike other social media platforms, Reddit doesn’t have a “temporary deactivation” feature that allows you to restore your account if you change your mind in the future.

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What does deleting a Reddit account do?

Once you delete your Reddit account, it’s gone forever and you cannot reclaim it or sign up with that username again. All links and posts associated with it will be disassociated and your username will be replaced with “[deleted].” This means that deleting your account won’t automatically delete all your posts and comments. If you want to delete any post or comment on Reddit, you should do so before deactivating your account.

How long does it take for a Reddit account to delete?

A Reddit account is deleted immediately once you confirm the deletion. However, your posts and comments still remain intact, although your username won’t be shown on them anymore. You can learn more in this article on deleting Reddit accounts.

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FAQs

Can I permanently delete my Reddit account? ›

Deleting Your Reddit Account

Navigate to the top right of your screen and locate User Settings below Profile. Click on User Settings and scroll down the screen to find the Deactivate Account option, shown in red. Click on Deactivate Account.

Why can't I delete Reddit account? ›

Double-check to make sure you entered your username and password correctly. If you're unsure about your password, reset it before deleting. If you're having trouble deleting on reddit.com, try deleting on old.reddit.com.

Why can't I delete my Reddit account on mobile? ›

Currently, you can only delete your Reddit account by visiting Reddit on your computer's web browser or through our iOS native mobile app. Once you delete your account, it can't be reactivated, your username will become unavailable, and you'll lose access to your account and all of your post and comment history.

Does Reddit keep history? ›

But even though no one will know who you are on the platform, Reddit still allows the things you search for to linger. In fact, Reddit tracks and collects your activity log which is stored in your personal account. All this information about you will stay on their website unless you delete your history or account.

How do I delete my Reddit account 2022 on my phone? ›

Here's how you can simply delete Reddit account on your Android smartphone or an iPhone:
  1. On a mobile browser, visit this Reddit account settings link.
  2. Make sure that you're logged in. ...
  3. On the account settings page, scroll down to the bottom.
  4. Under the “Deactivate Account” tab, click on the Deactivate button.

Does Reddit ever delete inactive accounts? ›

Reddit does not delete inactive accounts. However, we won't ever run out of usernames, depending on your definition of "relevant." Reddit usernames are 20 characters long.

How do I delete my Reddit account linked to my email? ›

Here's how:
  1. From your computer's web browser, log in to your account at Reddit.com.
  2. Click on your profile photo or icon in the top right of your screen, then select Visit Old Reddit.
  3. In the top right corner of your screen, click preferences then select the password/email tab.
  4. Delete your email address then click save.
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Is deactivating Reddit the same as deleting? ›

To delete your Reddit account, click your profile picture, then go to User Settings and click "Deactivate Account," Enter your user name and password to confirm deletion. Deleting your Reddit account doesn't remove the posts or comments you have made, so delete those before you fully delete your account.

How long does Reddit keep deleted accounts? ›

According to reddit's Privacy Policy, they keep IP addresses of accounts for 100 days and the registration date indefinitely.

How do I nuke Reddit history? ›

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  1. Install Nuke Reddit History for Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Reddit on your computer.
  3. Switch to the old Reddit layout.
  4. Click the Nuke Reddit History extension.
  5. Choose which history to delete.
  6. Repeat if you have a lot of content to delete.
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How do I delete data on Reddit app? ›

The only other history you can erase in the Android app is browsing history: user icon > History > menu > Clear history.
  1. Tap your user icon in the Reddit app.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Clear local history.
  4. Tap Clear local history.
  5. Your local history, including search history, will be cleared.
5 Jul 2022

How do I delete Reddit app data from iPhone? ›

How to Clear Reddit History on an iPhone (Local History)
  1. Open the Reddit app.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top-left.
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Scroll down and touch Clear local history.
  5. Tap Clear local history at the bottom of the screen to confirm.
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Can my Reddit account be traced? ›

There is no way for you to find the IP address of someone from their Reddit username, and even if they gave you their IP address you couldn't actually find out much of anything about them with it anyway. You may not even be able to find out what country they are in, let alone an address.

Can you wipe your Reddit history? ›

Open the Reddit app and tap on your profile icon. Select Settings from the menu. Scroll down to Clear local history. Confirm by tapping Clear local history again.

Can Reddit track your IP? ›

How does Reddit know what my location is? Reddit captures your IP address and infers a general location based on that IP address. To do this we use an IP lookup service that provides us with a City/State/Country location based on your IP address.

Can you see deleted Reddit accounts? ›

One of the easiest ways to access deleted Reddit comments and posts is using Removeddit. However, you do need to know the original URL to do it. Replace “reddit” in the original URL with “removeddit” and the website will automatically load the cached version of the page.

Why do people delete Reddit accounts? ›

I know some people who delete accounts regularly. They say they do it to prevent too much information about themselves from being aggregated in the same place. Also they like coming up with new usernames.

Can I delete my Reddit account and make a new one with the same email? ›

If I deactivate my reddit account, will my email address be released and able to be used to make another account? That's not necessary, you can use the same email address with as many reddit accounts as you want at the same time.

Which is better deactivate or delete? ›

Put simply, if you want to stop using Facebook for good, delete it. On the other hand, if you prefer taking a temporary social media detox, deactivate your account instead. After you deactivate your account, your friends and followers will only see your previously-sent messages.

Are Reddit posts ever really deleted? ›

If you actually click the delete button on a thread you created, the thread itself will be 'gone' from reddit - you can't search for it on reddit, the thread won't show up in google results, etc. It's physically gone from reddit and the link is dead.

What happens when you delete your Reddit account? ›

Once you delete your Reddit account it is gone forever, along with all your favorite links. If not individually deleted before deactivating your accounts, your comments will still be visible, but the author of the comments will be displayed as [deleted].

How do I delete Reddit hidden history? ›

If you're using a mobile device, follow these steps to delete hidden Reddit posts:
  1. Open the Reddit application.
  2. Click on your picture in the top right corner.
  3. Open History.
  4. Select Hidden to access all of the hidden posts.
  5. Click on the three dots on the post you want to delete.
  6. Tap on Delete.
2 Jul 2022

How do I bulk delete entire Reddit post and comment history? ›

To access your comments, navigate to https://www.reddit.com/user/me/comments. Below your Karma, you'll now have a new 'Delete all my comments' button. Click on it to start the deletion process. Nuke Reddit History will turn all your comments into scrambled strings of random characters and then delete them one by one.

Is Reddit search history public? ›

Whether you use the app or the website, post and comment history remain available to the public indefinitely. They are deleted only if you or a moderator delete them (but even then, it's technically just archived, so comments made by other users remain).

Where is Reddit data stored? ›

Where and how can I access my Reddit data and information?
InformationLocation
Email address (if you have provided one)https://www.reddit.com/settings/account
Account preferenceshttps://www.reddit.com/prefs/
Recent IP addresseshttps://www.reddit.com/account-activity
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Why can't I delete my Reddit post? ›

Tap your avatar in the top left corner of your screen, then select My Profile. This will take you to a list of all the posts you've made. In the top right corner of the post you want to delete, click the … icon, then tap Delete post.

Why can't I change my Reddit account? ›

Reddit doesn't allow you to change your self-assigned username, and the only way to get around it is to create another account. You're allowed to create as many accounts as you like but you can't sync one account with another. The only way you can change a Reddit username is if it was randomly assigned to you.

Why can I not delete Reddit messages? ›

You can only delete messages that you've received, not ones you've sent and you must use a desktop browser since the mobile app does not currently support this. Once you send a private message to another user, it goes into their inbox and cannot be deleted.

Why can't I delete my account on Quora? ›

From your Account settings, navigate to the Privacy tab on the left side of the screen. This will open up your Privacy settings. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see two options to Deactivate Account or Delete Account.

Why do deleted Reddit posts still show up? ›

Although Reddit does have the power to truly delete posts, it's still the volunteer moderators, real and automated, who do the bulk of content management on Reddit. (Posts removed by bots also still contain visible images if viewed through the bot's comment history.)

Does deleting a Reddit post delete the karma? ›

This isn't necessary at all, but I prefer to since I don't want duplicates showing up in my user profile. At the moment, the karma you gain or lose is independent of the posts you gain or lose it from. In other words, deleting a post won't strip you of the karma you built with it!

Does deleting a Reddit post really delete it? ›

Don't Delete — Overwrite Instead

Deleting posts removes them from public view but not from Reddit's servers. Instead, Redditors should overwrite them. So, the trick is to go back into your Reddit account and replace old comments that you want to erase with something innocuous, such as "I like turtles."

Does Reddit pick your username? ›

Reddit assigns a random username when signing up with either a Google or Apple account. After you log in for the first time, you will see a pop-up asking if you want to change or keep your randomly assigned username.

Should you use your real name on Reddit? ›

Pro: Using A Real Name Discourages You From Bullying Or Being Mean To Other Users. Reddit's notorious toxicity — at times and in places — is largely believed to be driven by the fact that most users are anonymous and the signup process requires almost nothing in the way of corroborating identity checks.

What happens to Reddit chats when you delete account? ›

Your messages and chats become disassociated.

Once you delete your account, it's removed from Reddit and our administrators won't be able to bring it back for you.

Can you delete Reddit private messages? ›

You can delete private messages from someone by logging in to reddit.com or old.reddit.com on your computer's web browser. (Sorry, but you can't delete private messages from the Reddit app on your phone.) Once you're logged in, go to the private message you'd like to delete and click the delete link under the message.

Why is it so hard to delete accounts? ›

Interviewed by US website Consumer Reports, Miriam Wugmeister, a lawyer and data specialist, said: “Your data isn't just sitting in a spreadsheet, it can be spread across many different systems, including some which can be designed so deleting information is almost impossible. It's an entirely manual process.”

How do I permanently delete my Quora account? ›

How to delete your Quora account?
  1. First, click on your profile icon.
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Click on “Privacy”
  4. Select “Delete account”
  5. Enter your Password.
  6. Confirm!
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How long will it take to delete my Quora account? ›

Once you confirm the deletion of your account, the account will be deactivated immediately and the deletion process will begin. If you login during the next 14 days, the account will be reactivated and deletion will be canceled.

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