How to Permanently Delete a Twitch Account: 5 Steps

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Watching people play video games might have been a casual pastime before Twitch launched. But after Twitch TV was created, streaming truly turned into an art and a science, even a profession for some. Twitch now hosts all kinds of shows and lets stream content for a passionate fanbase.

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However, you might find yourself caught streaming without a paddle. If Twitch has become less of a thrill and more of a burden, you might be looking to delete your account. Disabling your account can bring you some much-needed offline time if you want it. Disabling Twitch can be the first step to deleting yourself from the internet.

You also may be working to remove a Twitch account that belonged to a deceased loved one. In that case, contacting support to remove their account is a good idea. Closing accounts can help you move forward while also protecting the digital legacy of someone you cared about.

How to Permanently Delete Your Twitch Account

Right now, deletion is not an option, but Twitch does allow you to disable an account.  To do so, you must have your username and password.

So make sure you have access to your account before you begin. You’ll need your credentials to confirm that you're ready to leave the site permanently. When you’re ready to get started, here’s what to do.

Start by deleting key info and informing followers what’s happening

This is an optional step, but a wise one seeing that your data will still be connected to your account even when it’s disabled. You might consider removing payment methods or any sensitive material from your

Twitch account before completing the rest of the steps. This will make you feel more at peace, given that the data may not be deleted when you disable the account.

If you're a streamer, you might also want to let your followers know you’re giving it up. Especially if you plan to produce content in a new place. It never hurts to maintain your following even if you need to leave Twitch itself. If you’ve created a big community, you could offer somewhere new to hang out online.

You might also wish to hold a virtual event (or a virtual funeral in the case of a death) to honor the streamer's time on the platform. GatheringUs is the leading platform for virtual funerals, though you could also use Twitch's own streaming tools. 

Log in to Twitch and select “Settings” in the right-hand dropdown

When you’re ready to disable your account, click on the right-hand dropdown menu once you’re logged into Twitch. Click “Settings”.

Select “Disable Account”

Under Settings, there is a button called “Disable Account”. Click that button to start.

Enter your password and optional feedback

The interface on Twitch will want to confirm your password. This prevents others from disabling your Twitch without confirming their identity.

After, you can leave some feedback for the Twitch team if there is a particular reason you’re leaving. If not, it’s optional, so you don’t have to.

Click the purple disable button

The last step is clicking that purple button that reads “disable.” Once you do this, you’ll no longer be able to access your account.

Whether your data will be deleted isn’t clear, but no one should be able to access it either.

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How to Permanently Delete Twitch for Someone Who Has Died

If your loved one was an active user or streamer on Twitch, you probably want to get their account disabled as part of cleaning up their digital legacy. Deleting and closing accounts is a part of the recommended post-loss checklist. Contacting Twitch is the best way to start the process of closing the account.

Even if you are the administrator of the estate, you may want to check in with someone who spent time on Twitch with your loved one. If you know them. They might know more about whether your loved one was an avid streamer, had close friendships there, or just used it as a way to unwind and watch other people's streams. This would be helpful information to share with Twitch when you reach out.

Send information to Twitch Support

Use this email contact form to get in touch with Twitch. Be aware that a lot of the topic options cue for a log-in. If you aren’t a Twitch user, you’ll want to use a different topic category, even if it feels less accurate. Some of the topics ask for other confirmation that you're a user, such as a birthday, which you may be able to provide.

In any case, select topics that approximate what you want to say, and then write a detailed message confirming that the account owner has passed away.

Wait for any additional instructions

Twitch Support should reach out to you with further details. They may need confirmations like a death certificate or obituary to complete the process.

At any rate, respond quickly and you should be able to resolve any concerns they have promptly.

Deleting a Twitch account is an important reminder to consider your digital legacy and what you want to happen to your accounts after you die. Whether you take a few moments to create a will online with Trust & Will or you start a conversation around your final wishes, these are important steps to take.

Twitch Account Deletion FAQs

Disabling your account is pretty straightforward, but you may still have questions about other ways that Twitch ends accounts or removes videos. Not to worry, we have the answers you need!

Does Twitch automatically delete inactive accounts?

In 2017, Twitch began reclaiming usernames from inactive accounts to keep desirable names available when they are not being used. All you have to do to avoid being deleted for inactivity is log in.

Can you reactivate a Twitch account?

You usually can. Try logging in first, but if that doesn’t work, contact Twitch Support and use the topic choice “I want to reactivate my account.”

How do you delete videos on Twitch?

Under your video’s three-dot menu, you’ll see the option for “delete.” Make sure you have the video you want to be deleted selected first.

Turning Off and Tuning Out of Twitch

Twitch can be so entertaining that it may have you wondering where all the hours have gone. As a symbolic and practical gesture, deleting your Twitch account can put you in a position to have a better lifestyle, spending less time watching videos. 

There’s nothing wrong with watching all the Twitch shows you like, but a lot of people see simplifying their online presence as a nice change. It can also be a relief to family and friends in the future when they are settling your affairs after death. Yeah, no one likes to think about these things, but just a few hours of work with something like a password manager can make a huge difference to the people who are handling your estate.

Use Cake’s end-of-life planning tools to make future choices a lot easier and clearer for those you love.


Sources

  1. “Delete an Account.” Twitch TV. Twitch. twitch.tv/user/delete-account
  2. “Username Rename and Recycling Policies.” Twitch Help Center. Twitch. help.twitch.tv/s/article/username-rename-and-recycling-policies?language=en_US

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