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How to Deactivate (or Delete) Your Pinterest Account

Nancy Messieh 22-09-2016

Stopped using Pinterest but still receiving notifications as other Pinterest users interact with your content? Concerned about Pinterest scams 3 Pinterest Security Issues, and What You Can Do About Them Pinterest is fun to use, the risks exist. Fortunately, we're here to help you spot the scams and make the most out of Pinterest's privacy settings. Read More ? If you want to deactivate or completely delete your Pinterest account, here’s how to do it.


How to Deactivate Your Account

Deactivating your Pinterest account couldn’t be easier. Go to Settings > Account BasicsDeactivate Account.

You will be prompted to provide a reason for deactivating your account, but can simply choose “Other” if you don’t want to give a specific response. Once you deactivate your account your pins and profile will no longer be visible on Pinterest and the email you used to sign up will not be associated with your account.


To reactivate your account, log back in to Pinterest and you’ll receive an email with a link to get your account back up and running. You might appear to have no followers when you first reactivate, but the number should be back to normal in a few minutes.

How to Delete Your Account

To delete your account completely, go to Settings > Account Basics > Deactivate Account > Permanently close my account.


Deleting your account means you will lose all your boards and pins. To completely delete your account, you’ll receive an email confirming you want to shut your account down with a link to click.

While this method works with personal accounts, there doesn’t appear to be a way to shut down business accounts.

Are you thinking of deleting your Pinterest account? Let us know why in the comments.

Related topics: Online Privacy, Pinterest.

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  1. Jo-Ann
    June 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I have an issue with you censoring conservative views!

  2. Alice Ainscough
    December 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I want to delete my Pinterest account because they have deactivated my pins.(they said my pins are half full of spam. I only save pins from Pinterest therefore PINTEREST is more than HALF FULL OF SPAM. I don't like the control they have over pins that I saved over a long time and I no longer want to save pins which they can take from me anytime they feel like it. PS. I AM NOT THE PIN POLICE. IF they have spam on Pinterest then they should remove it themselves. I didn't put the spam on Pinterest. They couldn't pay me enough money to work removing the spam.

  3. Brenda Roller
    January 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I do not use the account anymore and wish to delete it permanantly.