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How to Delete Your Telegram Account

How to Delete Your Telegram Account

Telegram is one of the most popular instant messaging tools out there. However, if you’re feeling burnt out from using it or you just simply don’t need Telegram anymore, it’s best to delete your account.

Deleting your Telegram account is easy, but there are a few things to keep in mind when doing so.

Why Should I Delete My Telegram Account?

Telegram keeps track of your messages and data as long as the account’s active. If you’re no longer planning on using the messaging service, you might as well delete it. This way, you remove the risks of having your private details stolen.

Moreover, Telegram accounts are susceptible to receiving spam messages as well. Aside from being downright annoying, some spam messages contain phishing scams and malware, which further puts your data at risk.

How to Delete Your Telegram Account Using Your Phone

Telegram will automatically delete your account if it remains inactive for a set period of time. You can adjust this period from your phone.

  1. Tap your account located at the top left of the screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Privacy and Security.
    Privacy and Security settings location on Telegram
  3. Select Delete Account and choose the period your account remains inactive before being completely wiped. By default, this option is set to 1 year.
    Selection of menus under Privacy and Security.

How To Immediately Delete Your Telegram Account Using Your PC

You can immediately delete your Telegram account using your PC by following the below steps.

  1. Open this My Telegram which will direct you to the Telegram Delete Account or Manage Account Page.
  2. Put in the number you used to create the Telegram account.
  3. A confirmation code will be sent to your number. Enter this code on the page.
    Account deletion page in Telegram's web version
  4. The next page will ask you to confirm the deletion of your account. You’ll be asked to state your reason for leaving but it’s optional.
  5. Click Yes, Delete My Account to continue.
    Final account deletion confirmation page on Telegram

How Long Does Telegram Take To Delete Your Account?

Telegram will keep your account on its servers for a fixed period of your choosing before completely deleting it. If you have a change of heart and want your Telegram account back, you’ll simply need to log in again within this specified period.

The timeframes you can choose are 1, 3, 6 months, and 1 year. Alternatively, you can also have your account deleted immediately. During that timeframe, your account will no longer be seen by others online.However, once this set time limit is crossed, your Telegram account is permanently deleted.Telegram options for deleting account

What Data Will Telegram Remove Once Your Account Is Deleted?

Deleting your Telegram account will permanently delete all data tied to it. This includes all Telegram friends you’ve added, messages, groups, channels, and any media you’ve sent through the platform.

Once it’s permanently deleted, Telegram can no longer retrieve your data. Even if you sign up with the same number you used before, the data won’t be carried over, so think things through properly.

Keep your Data Safe on Telegram by Deactivating your Account

Only delete your Telegram account if you don’t need it at all. It’s the best way to keep your data safe from hackers online. If you want to reduce your digital footprint further, consider signing up for Telegram without your phone number.

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Jonas Sunico

May 22, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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