Do you know how many accounts you have across the entire world wide web? It’s so easy to enter personal information, set up an account, and forget about it that the real number might surprise you.
With so many data and privacy concerns nowadays, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of these accounts so you know how your information is used.
(Closing online accounts is also part of the tasks you might be facing after a loved one's death. Our post-loss checklist can help you sort through the rest.)
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Why Find a Full List of Accounts?
- 1. Find Accounts Linked to Your Email
- 2. Find Accounts Connected to Social Media
- 3. See Accounts Linked to Your Phone Number
- 4. Find Old Usernames
- 5. Search Your Email Inbox
Luckily, it’s not complicated to find which websites you actually have accounts with. Most of our accounts nowadays are tied to our email, phone number, or social media profiles.
While it might seem intimidating to give platforms this kind of personal info, it comes in handy when it’s time to find the full list of accounts that have access to our data. In this guide, we’ll share all the steps to find which websites you have accounts with once and for all.
Tip: To avoid any future messes or security concerns, save your passwords in a password manager. We recommend Dashlane, LastPass, or RoboForm. You can read about the rest of our picks in our article on the best free or low-cost password managers.
Why Find a Full List of Accounts?
You might be wondering why this list of accounts matters in the first place. With so many websites asking for your email, phone number, etc. all the time, what’s the big deal? It turns out there are a few reasons you might want to think about account access and data.
- Privacy - In the digital age, it feels like there’s a new data breach every day. While many places have regulations about how this information is to be used, mistakes happen. If you don’t know which accounts you have, how can you know if your data is in the wrong hands?
- Spending - Some accounts might actually be charging you. We’ve all signed up for services we didn’t continue using. Maybe you want to delete Spotify or cancel Hulu. Don’t waste money on services you don’t use.
- End-of-life planning - Finally, it’s important to give some thought to your digital legacy. That means paying attention to what accounts you have open and what’s on those accounts. Learning how to start end-of-life planning means taking stock of these accounts and deciding how to handle them if you pass away suddenly.
Now that you know why these accounts are so important, it’s time to explain the best way to take inventory. You don’t need to remember these websites and platforms off the top of your head. We’ll show you all the shortcuts to create a full list in no time.
Tip: Ensure that your digital assets are taken care of according to your wishes by making a will. You can easily create one from home with an online will maker like Trust & Will.
1. Find Accounts Linked to Your Email
The most common way to create an account is with your email address. As long as you know your past and current email addresses, it’s easy to find all of these accounts in a single place. Depending on your email service provider, these are the steps to take.
Find accounts linked to Gmail
If you have a Gmail account, finding the profiles attached to it is easy. All Gmail users have a full list of their authorized websites in their email settings. To reach this, follow these steps:
- Go to your Google Account Settings
- Click on Security in the menu on the left
- Scroll to Connected applications and sites
- Click Manage access
- Review the list of websites and revoke access if needed
Find accounts linked to Outlook or Hotmail
If you have an Outlook or Hotmail account, you’ll follow a similar process. You’ll need to manage your third-party access through Microsoft, the company that owns Outlook (previously Hotmail).
- Visit your account page
- Click on the Privacy tab
- Scroll to Other privacy settings
- Under Apps and services, click Apps and services that can access your data
- Review the list of websites and revoke access if needed
- To revoke access, click Edit for the corresponding app’s name and select Remove these permissions
Find accounts linked to Yahoo
Yahoo is a similar process as well. Again, it’s all about revoking access and staying mindful of the apps and platforms you use regularly.
- Click on your profile icon to go to your account information
- Click Manage App and Website Connections
- This shows you all your recent app activity, from here you can revoke permissions
- To revoke access, click Remove next to the app
2. Find Accounts Connected to Social Media
As weird as it sounds, some accounts are linked to our social media nowadays. Using Facebook, LinkedIn, or another common social media platform as a form of security in itself is a strange concept, but it’s still our reality. Let’s talk about how to check which apps you’ve signed up for with social media.
Find accounts linked to Facebook
With more users than any other social media platform, it’s no wonder Facebook became such a staple of everyday life. To make sure you’re comfortable with all the linked apps on Facebook, perform the steps below.
- Go to Settings
- Go to Apps
- Go to App Settings and click Show All
- Now you’ll see all applications currently linked to Facebook
- To revoke access, hover over the app and click the X icon.
Find accounts linked to LinkedIn
Another social media platform that’s particularly well-known in the professional world is LinkedIn. While it’s a great way to find job opportunities, it’s not always something you want linking to every app and service. Here’s how to check your LinkedIn applications.
- Open your Account Settings from within your profile
- Click Partners and Third Parties
- Now you’ll see the list of third-party services (beware these might appear as job application sites with unusual names)
- To remove permissions, click Revoke.
If you found your account and want to permanently delete it, read our guide on how to Delete your LinkedIn account.
Find accounts linked to Twitter
The quick-witted nature of Twitter makes it alluring, but it’s not always something you want to be connected to a large number of third-party services. To check, follow these steps.
- Go to Settings by clicking on your profile picture
- Under Settings and Privacy click Apps
- Again, you’ll see the full list of connected services
- Click Revoke Access for anything you no longer use (this might take a few minutes to update)
If you've found your Twitter account and decided it's not for you, you can choose to permanently delete your Twitter, too.
Find accounts linked to Instagram
For Instagram, you’ll need to access your account from the web in order to see a list of connected apps. This doesn’t typically work from the mobile app. Once you’re logged in on a computer or laptop, follow these steps.
- Click the gear icon to open Settings
- Click Authorized Apps
- To remove access, click Revoke Access
3. See Accounts Linked to Your Phone Number
Using your phone number is a great way to secure accounts, and it’s commonly used for account recovery. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to see which accounts are linked to your phone number. There is no database that tracks how your phone number is used, and your phone service provider doesn’t have this information either.
The only way to check is to use the “account recovery” process for websites, platforms, and apps. They’ll usually prompt you to send a text message if you enabled this already. From here, you see which phone number was used.
However, don’t let this keep you up at night. It’s true that your phone number could be part of a phishing attack or other spam. However, as long as you’re careful when responding to phone calls and messages, there’s nothing to worry about.
4. Find Old Usernames
If you don’t have success with the methods above or you think there might be more accounts out there, you still have options. One way to check is to think of any old usernames you might have used. Most people have a handful of usernames they choose from.
You can search on a username search tool like Knowem to see if the username is taken. While it’s possible someone else could use that name, it’s still a great way to narrow your search.
If you don’t feel comfortable with a username search platform, you can also use google. Searching your username in “quotes” shows everything in the index related to that username. The quotes indicate to Google that you want an exact match. You might also try searching your name in quotes.
5. Search Your Email Inbox
Finally, another way to determine what you’ve signed up for is to simply search your email. Not every account will likely be linked to your email provider, so searching your inbox drives greater results. While this won’t be true if you clear your inbox regularly, it’s still worth a shot.
Search your email for common words found in welcome and new account emails. These are:
- Your username
Don’t forget to check your junk mail and delete the folder as well. Searching for these terms is a good habit to get into regularly to stay on top of your account usage.
Stay in Control of Your Digital Presence
We all are more connected than ever before. While online platforms and services are a great way to express yourself and network, they also raise new concerns about your privacy and online impact.
Odds are we all have accounts we no longer use or even know about. Luckily, following the steps above puts you back in the driver's seat.
From planning for your digital afterlife, deleting accounts you no longer use, or completely erasing your online presence, we all deserve to feel in control online. It’s time to take charge of your online presence once and for all.
If you're managing a loved one's digital legacy, consider a virtual memorial with a service like GatheringUs. They even have specialists who can guide and support you through the planning process.
Post-planning tip: If you are the executor for a deceased loved one, handling their unfinished business can be overwhelming without a way to organize your process. We have a post-loss checklist that will help you ensure that your loved one's family, estate, and other affairs are taken care of.