Whether it’s yet another data breach that has you worried about the security of your information or you’ve simply had enough of all the bad opinions shouted at top volume, it is possible to rid yourself of all your social media accounts.
Though it often feels like social media plays a critical role in our everyday lives, the truth is that lots of people out there live happy, fulfilling lives without sharing each moment with every last personal connection. Due to my job responsibilities and personal addiction to Instagram, I remain tethered to all of these networks, but I offer you my most sincere kudos on doing what so many of us don’t have the guts to.
Onward! Let’s learn how to delete all social media accounts across five of the most popular platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
How to delete all your social media accounts
Each social network will need to be deleted individually. Use these steps to delete each account.
Deleting Facebook can be done in a few simple steps if you’re trying to delete a Facebook page.
It’s important to understand the difference between a Facebook page and a Facebook profile. A Facebook page is an individual page that is created for marketing purposes - Facebook business pages or Facebook fan pages.
Steps to delete a Facebook page
Log into Facebook
Go to your Facebook pages
Click the page you wish to deleteGo to the page settings
Deleting, or deactivating a Facebook profile is a bit different.
Steps to deactivate or delete Facebook account
Log into Facebook
Click the small upside down triangle in the right corner
Click “Manage Account”
Click “Deactivate your account” or “Request account deletion”
If you’re looking for even more details, please view our full guide of how to delete a Facebook page. This includes how to merge and unpublish a Facebook page, as well as other options to consider before deleting.
Even though the thought of deleting Instagram makes my stomach drop (where will I watch hundreds of nail-painting videos, knowing full well that I’ll never do it myself?), it’s easy to delete an Instagram account.
Steps to delete Instagram account
Go to Instagram's Delete Your Account page
Select your reason for deleting Instagram permanently from the drop-down menu
Re-enter your password and click 'Permanently delete my account'
Amy Lecza is a content marketing manager at G2 Crowd. She's passionate about learning, editing and copy writing, and she has been known to keep a red pen on her person for copy editing emergencies. (she/her/hers)