There used to be a time when managing a relative or loved one’s final affairs entailed closing out their bank accounts, fulfilling your role as the executor of their will, selling their house, and distributing personal items as they saw fit.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Can You Delete Your MySpace Account Without Your Login?
- How to Permanently Delete Your MySpace Account
- How to Permanently Delete MySpace for a Deceased Loved One
- Deleting Your MySpace Account: FAQs
Now, however, there’s a new dimension to taking care of someone’s final matters: what to do with a person’s digital assets after death. Digital assets can include things like social media accounts, music and ebook libraries, and pictures hosted on cloud-based storage sites.
Abandoned accounts are prime targets for hackers if you don’t disable them or archive them. In order to secure the digital afterlife of your relative and ensure their legacy lives on while protecting them from common hacking threats, it’s important that some accounts be deleted altogether. Here is what you need to know about deleting old MySpace accounts - whether you have the password or not.
Can You Delete Your MySpace Account Without Your Login?
The answer to this question is both yes and no. To delete a MySpace account normally, you do need login information. However, if you don’t have this information, there are two ways to go about deleting their account.
Submitting a “forgot password” request
If you have access to your relative’s email, you can submit a “forgot password” request. For this, you’ll need both their email and their MySpace username. Their username is part of their individual MySpace URL, so if you can access the URL, then you also have their username. It looks like this: www.myspace.com/username.
The username links your relative’s unique MySpace page to their email address and without it, MySpace won’t know which page to shut down. You can probably find the URL by starting to type www.myspace.com in the search bar. If the person was a frequent MySpace user, their individual URL will pop up automatically. If it doesn’t, check their favorites tab or their browsing history for their MySpace addresses.
Submit a “delete account” request
This works well if you do not have the person’s password and you have no way of retrieving it. To complete the request, you’ll need several pieces of information including:
- A valid email address
- Your full name
- Your relative’s MySpace URL
- Name on their profile
- Their date of birth
- Their profile zip code
- State/country profile was created in
If you don’t have some of this information, you can enter “Not Available.” At the end of the form, there are two important sections: description and attachments. Enter what you need to do in the description box, in this case, delete your deceased relative’s MySpace account. In the attachments section, attach proof of your relationship, proof of their death, and proof of your executorship if applicable. With these pieces of information, customer service will contact you and close the account.
MySpace has no option to archive or disable an account, so when you delete an account, the action is permanent and cannot be undone. If your relative had a password manager and you have access to it as part of your executor duties, then you’ll likely have access to the login information necessary to submit a delete request.
How to Permanently Delete Your MySpace Account
If you’re ready to start end-of-life planning and want to take care of your digital footprint for your loved ones, you need to decide whether you want to give your executor permission to log in and delete your account or whether you want to do the job for them.
Deleting a personal MySpace account is simple and only takes a minute or two if you own the account or you give your executor all the information they need. If you want to delete your own account, complete these steps.
Step 1: Log in
Log in to your MySpace account as if you were going to use it normally. For this, you’ll need your username and password. If you forgot your password, you can submit a “Forgot password” request and use your username and email address to retrieve it.
Step 2: Click settings
From a desktop computer, click on the settings button. This button looks like a little gear icon and it can only be accessed from a desktop computer.
Step 3: Visit your account page
From the settings option, go to your account page. From here you can choose to delete your account.
Step 4: Delete account
Once on the account page, select the option to “delete account.” MySpace will ask you for a reason for deletion. Once you enter the reason for deleting your account, you can click “delete my account.” At this point, your account will be deleted and no longer accessible.
It may take several days for the internet to clear all your connected information, but any information, pictures, music uploads, or other MySpace related media will be immediately inaccessible.
How to Permanently Delete MySpace for a Deceased Loved One
As long as you have the necessary information, deleting your loved one’s account should be as simple as if you were deleting your own account. In our post-loss checklist, we explain the importance of deleting loved one's accounts when they're gone. In short, this is a way to protect their data and their privacy.
Step 1: Log in
Log in to your relative’s account by entering their username and password. If you do not have their password, you’ll need to follow the instructions above and either retrieve their password or submit a support ticket for the deletion of their account.
Step 2: Click settings
The settings icon looks like a small gear. Click this icon from your desktop computer. If you’re on a mobile phone, you won’t be able to delete the account.
Step 3: Visit the account page
From “settings,” click “account” and go to the account page. At this point, you’re two steps away from account deletion.
Step 4: Delete account
From the account page, locate the “delete account” button and click on it. There will be a question asking you why you want to delete the account. Fill out a reason, then click, “delete my account.” At this point, the account will be deleted and inaccessible.
Deleting Your MySpace Account: FAQs
Wondering how to delete your account if you’re not around a computer or you’re missing some important information? Here are a few answers to common questions you may have.
How do you delete your MySpace account on mobile?
MySpace accounts can only be deleted on a desktop computer. MySpace has made it this way on purpose. You can submit a delete request if you’re looking at MySpace on a mobile phone, but you cannot delete your account outright unless you’re on a desktop computer.
I can’t find my old MySpace account, but want to delete it. Where is it?
If you can’t figure out how to get to your old MySpace account, submit a customer service ticket with all the information you do have including your URL, username, email address, and full name. They will contact you and help you finish the process of deleting your account.
What happens when you delete your MySpace account?
When you delete your MySpace account, the entire account is removed, information is deleted, and any content hosted by your page is no longer available. You will be unable to log back in and reactivation is not an option.
Taking Care of Your Digital Legacy
By deleting accounts that you no longer use, you’ll ensure that your digital legacy is safe. Take the time for this extra step and give your relatives peace of mind knowing that your legacy and digital identity is protected.
- “Delete Your Profile.” Help Center, MySpace, 2020. help.myspace.com/hc/en-us/articles/202241380-Delete-your-Profile
- “Forgot Your Password?” Help Center, MySpace, 2020. help.myspace.com/hc/en-us/articles/201956084-Forgot-Password
- “Locate Your URL and Username.” Help Center, MySpace, 2020. help.myspace.com/hc/en-us/articles/219913787-Locate-Your-URL-and-Username
- “Submit A Request.” Help Center, MySpace, 2020. help.myspace.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=114093977533