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How To Delete your VSCO Account

Posted by Jamie on December 31, 2018

If you’re a fan of Instagram and its powerful filters, numerous tools, and huge userbase, this may come as a surprise to you: There are some photographers who prefer not to use the ubiquitous social media platform.

It’s not the platform itself that is a turn-off for them. It’s that by positioning itself as the go-to sharing site for everyone’s pictures, Instagram has become a cesspool of  selfies, poorly-composed shots of random junk, oodles of cute (and not-so-cute) animal snaps, and all manner of “photography.”

For serious photographers, working on Instagram is like asking a World Series of Poker champion to come to your church poker night. Sure, they’re going to clean house. But they’re also going to be horrified at the way everyone else is playing, and no one will appreciate the way they are playing.

That’s why VSCO was created. VSCO (short for “Visual Supply Company) is an app for photographers and skilled graphics professionals to display their work – and for the rest of us to see amazingly well-done imagery. VSCO has been around since 2011 and is far more “niche” than Instagram. While that may not be great news for investors or shareholders, it is certainly good news for us.

The app has kept its focus on photographers and creatives, and seems to prioritize fantastic photography over gaining millions of users. So far, that has been much to VSCO’s credit. While VSCO has gained a social following, it remains well-mannered and well-meaning. Compared to Instagram, VSCO’s follower numbers are tiny – but that is the point. The founder originally said “We don’t define success based on numbers.” For that, the serious art photography world thanks them.

However, VSCO is not for everyone. Its skew towards artistry and contemporary photography makes it ill-suited to shots of avocado toast with eggs. It also costs for more than just a few presets, and the monthly fees can be expensive for someone just looking for a social media network. Or perhaps you’ve found a better alternative for your photo editing needs (looking at you, Polarr). Whatever the reason, if you want to delete a few pictures from your VSCO account, or delete the account in its entirety, follow the instructions below.

Delete your images from VSCO

To truly remove yourself from VSCO, you will need to delete your images and any assets you used to create those images within the app.

  1. Open the VSCO app on your device and ensure you are logged in.
  2. Select the face icon in the bottom right to access your profile.
  3. Select an image and tap the three dot icon in the top right.
  4. Select “Delete” to remove the image.

You may also need to remove images that other people have added to their collection.

  1. Open the VSCO app on your device and make sure you are logged in.
  2. Select the face icon in the bottom right to access your profile.
  3. Select the bell icon and select the image you want to remove.
  4. Select the “-” icon to remove it from the collection.
  5. Confirm your choice to remove it.

As with most social networks, privacy and ownership of your own data is secondary to the platform’s needs. While no worse than other platforms, VSCO is no better, either. If you really want to remove yourself from it, you should delete all your assets from your account, then deactivate or delete it using the processes outlined below.

Delete your VSCO account

You have two options if you no longer want to use VSCO: You can deactivate your profile and leave it dormant, or you can deactivate it permanently.

To deactivate your VSCO profile:

  1. Log into your VSCO account and navigate to this deactivation page.
  2. Select “Deactivate my profile” and follow the wizard.
  3. Confirm deactivation of your VSCO profile.

Deactivating your VSCO profile will remove your Grid, Collection and Journal from public view, but will leave your account intact. It will essentially be dormant, but still live.

To deactivate your VSCO account:

  1. Log into VSCO and navigate to this page. It is the same page as above.
  2. Select “Deactivate my account” and follow the wizard.
  3. Confirm deactivation of your VSCO account.

If you would prefer to delete your VSCO account via email, you can.

  1. Email [email protected] and add the subject “Delete my VSCO account.” This may take longer than doing it via the website.

Deactivating your account only deletes it “sort of”. You will no longer be able to log in, access any resources you had, or any purchases you made. You may want to download whatever resources you’re going to need before doing it so you don’t lose them. However, the site strongly implies that deactivating your account doesn’t actually wipe anything out of the VSCO database.

This suspicion is strengthened by the statement at the bottom of a VSCO support page: “To reactivate an account, email us at [email protected]” This likely means that all you are doing by deactivating your account is stopping yourself from being able to use it. If you can reactivate an account, it must still be present in order to be reactivated. Not ideal, from a privacy perspective.

 

2 thoughts on “How To Delete your VSCO Account”

Olya says:
Delete my account because I do not need it,I do not use it
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