How To Delete Unwanted Online Accounts Easily

Charnita Fance 29-03-2009

How To Delete Unwanted Online Accounts Easily pulling hair outHave you ever wanted to delete an account only to find that no matter how hard you look, you can’t find the option to do that anywhere? Me too. Isn’t it funny how it only takes a few seconds to create an account on these sites but it often takes forever to find out how to delete the account?


I guess it’s because they want us to stay forever but sometimes you just really don’t like the site or maybe you are trying to clean up your accounts (because you have so many all over the net).

Whatever the reason may be, I’m sure you’ll find that this little cheat sheet will make deleting those unwanted accounts quick, easy and painless.


There are two ways to delete your Yahoo account. The first way is to totally abandon it for at least four months. Inactive Yahoo accounts are deactivated after four months so if you’re in no rush to get rid of it, you can simply stop using it.

The other way to delete your Yahoo account is to visit the Account Termination page.

  • Log into your Yahoo account. If you’re already logged in you may have to re-enter your password just for verification purposes.
  • Click here to get to the Account Termination page.


Facebook offers two options. You can either deactivate your account or permanently delete it. Of course, the deactivation method is much easier to find than the permanent deletion option. One thing you should know is that if you deactivate your Facebook account, your profile information will still be saved such as your friends, photos, interests, etc. On the other hand, permanently deleting your account will remove all of your information from Facebook and nothing will be saved.


To deactivate your account:

  • Hover your mouse over the Settings menu in the top right of any Facebook page and click on “Account Settings”.
  • Click on the “Deactivate Account” link at the bottom of the page.

To permanently delete your account:

    • Click on Help at the bottom of any Facebook page.
    • Search for “delete account” in the search box underneath the Help Center heading.
    • Click on the “I want to permanently delete my account” link and read the 2 paragraphs there.

Find out how to delete your Facebook account.

  • Click on the link at the end of the last paragraph, read what’s there and then click the “Submit” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


MySpace makes things a little bit easier, no searching needed.

  • Click on “My Account” in the top right corner of any MySpace page.
  • Click on the “Account” link.
  • Click on the “Cancel Account” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Select the reason why you want to cancel your account, and then click the “Cancel My Account” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


One thing about Ning is that even when you delete your account, the content that you’ve added to any social networks you were a part of will remain on those networks. If you don’t want your content to remain, you’ll have to delete it yourself. An easy way to do that is to simply leave each network you belong to separately before deleting your actual Ning account.

In order to leave a social network on Ning:

  • Sign into the network.
  • Click on the “My Settings” link in the top of the right hand column.
  • Click on the “Leave (Social Network Name Here)” link at the bottom of that page.

To leave the Ning network altogether you will have to contact Ning by clicking here. There is no option in the “I have a question about” menu for deleting an account so you will have to pick which one you think fits best.

Find out how to delete your Ning account.



Just like Yahoo there are two ways to delete your MSN account. You can either stop using your account for 30 days or delete it manually. After 30 days of non-use your MSN account will become inactive and after 90 days your passport will become inactive.

To manually delete your MSN account:

  • Click on the little arrow next to your name in the top right corner of any Hotmail page.
  • Click on the “View Your Account” menu option.
  • Click on the “Close Account” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Read the info, enter your password to verify your identity and then click on the “Yes” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


Note: If there are issues with Twitter, the option to delete you account will be disabled and you’ll get an alert message like the one picture below. So, hopefully Twitter is in good shape if and when you try to delete your account.

  • Click on the “Settings” link in the top right corner of any Twitter page.
  • Click on the “Delete My Account” link at the bottom left side of the page.
  • Confirm that you want to delete your account.
  • Click here for the easy route.

Find out how to delete your Twitter account.



FriendFeed is another site that makes you do a little searching before being able to delete your account.

  • Click on the “help” link at the bottom of any FriendFeed page.
  • Click on the “Using FriendFeed” header to expand it.
  • Click on the “How do I delete my account?” link which will be the last link under that section.
  • Enter your password in the first box, type the word “delete” in the next box, enter the reason why you’re deleting your account in the last box.
  • Click on the “Permanently delete my account” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.


Jaiku has the account deletion option right where you’d expect it to be.

  • Click on the “Settings” link in the top right of any Jaiku page.
  • Click on the “Your Profile” link under the Account heading.
  • Click on the “Want to delete your account?” link at the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the “Goodbye Cruel World, Goodbye” button.
  • Click here for the easy route.

If there are any other websites that we haven’t mentioned here, why don’t you tell us how to cancel an account on that site?

Image Credit : Gaudium De Lingua

Related topics: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo.

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  1. Woz5
    January 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    How do you delete wordpress????

  2. tommy
    October 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I want delete my Twitter account, I don't have the option to delete account in the bottom of setting page, plase help to delete this thinggggggggggg

  3. Mcflurry
    August 5, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Facebook deletion - Anyone comment on why you have to re-enter password to delete, but no such need to deactivate? Phishy is my first thought....

  4. rosie
    June 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    It would be nice if there was an app or something that would badger less well-known sites, until they removed your account entirely. When I was younger, I signed up for some stupid stuff, and if I google my name, well, frankly its scary.

    • Will Robinson
      June 8, 2009 at 4:01 am

      I totally agree Rosie, I also think a global username would be a charm too; when I googled mine and found out somone had the same name at literotica I felt a bit put out (",)

  5. Lord
    April 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you very much.

  6. Xgeoph
    April 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Great article, but you probably didn't need to include Twitter.

    Why in the world would anyone want to cancel their Twitter account?! Twitter rocks.

    140+ Twitter Tools -


  7. Will Robinson
    April 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Very good column Charnita. It'll finally shut those loons up on Yahoo Answers who are obsessed with closing accounts there.

    Makes me wonder though; there are people out there who would quite happily litter the streets where they live, yet they tend make a habit of cleaning up the internet after themselves... (",)

  8. James
    March 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Any idea how to delete a gmail account?

  9. Danh ba web 2.0
    March 30, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Nice post. Thanks so much

  10. pat
    March 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for making what would normally be a tedious task a simple process!

  11. pat
    March 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    this is a great post! it seemed to be a tedious process. thanks for simplifying it!

  12. Hans
    March 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    How do I quit at ?? Any idea ?? Thanks for the useful post. Best regards, H

    • Charnita Fance
      March 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

      I think closed down, so no need to worry about deleting your account there. The site is not loading & I checked on Twitter Search. Looks like it's gone.

      • Hans
        March 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm

        Thank you Charnita, that was fast, I checked last time 6 month or a year ago and wasted many time to figure out how to quit ;-0

        Probably it's gone + all the data ?? Best regards, Hans

        • Charnita Fance
          March 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

          No problem! And yes I would think it's all gone so no worries.

  13. Ellie
    March 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Great tips! Now I can go on and delete my Yahoo accounts!

    • url_gurl
      June 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      how do i delete my account?