How To Quickly and Easily Deactivate or Delete Your Telegram Account

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Hey there! Have you been considering deleting your Telegram account lately? I totally get it. With rising concerns over Telegram‘s security and privacy protections, you may feel it‘s time to move on to another messaging platform.

Not to worry – I‘m here to walk you step-by-step through the process of deactivating or permanently deleting your Telegram account. I‘ll also fill you in on exactly what happens to your data when you delete Telegram, as well as how to export your Telegram data before deleting your account.

By the end of this guide, you‘ll have all the information you need to quickly and easily delete your Telegram account with confidence. Sound good? Then let‘s get started!

Overview: Your Options for Deleting Telegram

When it comes to removing your presence on Telegram, you essentially have two options:

  1. Deactivate your account temporarily – This essentially puts your account into an inactive state. Telegram will automatically delete your account and data after a set period of inactivity ranging from 1 month to 1 year.

  2. Delete your account permanently – This completely removes your account and data from Telegram‘s servers right away.

Below I‘ll walk through both options in detail, including step-by-step instructions for each method. First up, let‘s look at how to temporarily deactivate your Telegram account.

How to Temporarily Deactivate Your Telegram Account

Deactivating your Telegram account is easy to do right from the Telegram mobile app. Here‘s how:

  1. Open the Telegram app on your phone.

  2. Tap on the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) in the top left.

  3. Select ‘Settings‘ from the menu.

  4. Tap on ‘Privacy and Security‘.

  5. Choose ‘Delete My Account‘.

  6. Under the ‘Delete My Account After‘ header, select your desired inactive period:

    • 1 month
    • 3 months
    • 6 months
    • 12 months

Once you complete the steps above, your Telegram account will enter deactivated mode. If you do not log back into Telegram during the inactive period, your account will be permanently deleted along with all associated data and messages.

The major downside of this method is having to wait up to a year for deletion. If you want to delete your Telegram account right away, read on for a faster method.

How to Permanently Delete Your Telegram Account via the Website

For immediate account deletion, you‘ll need to go through Telegram‘s website. Here are the steps:

  1. Open in your browser.

  2. Click on ‘Deactivate Account‘ or navigate to

  3. Enter your phone number, including country code.

  4. Click ‘Next‘. Telegram will text a confirmation code to your phone.

  5. Enter the confirmation code on the website.

  6. In the ‘Telegram Core‘ section, click ‘Delete My Account‘.

  7. Select a reason for deleting your account (optional).

  8. Click ‘Delete My Account‘ to confirm.

  9. Select ‘Yes, delete my account‘ to permanently delete your Telegram account.

And that‘s it! Your Telegram account will be removed right away using this method. Much faster than deactivating, right?

Now let‘s talk about exactly what happens when you delete your Telegram account.

What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account?

Deleting your Telegram account has some permanent effects. Here‘s an overview of what you can expect:

  • Your messages and local data are erased – Any messages, contacts, files, etc. stored locally on your device are deleted. Your chat history cannot be recovered.

  • Your contacts are removed – All contacts in your Telegram address book are erased. Be sure to export them before deleting if you want to keep them.

  • You leave all groups/channels – You are removed from any Telegram groups or channels you were a member of. Your past messages remain visible.

  • Groups you administered are passed to another member – If you were the sole admin of any groups, Telegram will automatically reassign admin privileges to another member.

  • You cannot sign up with the same number for a few days – Telegram blocks re-registration with your phone number for a short period.

As you can see, deleting your account has lasting consequences. So before you delete, consider exporting your Telegram data.

How to Export Your Telegram Data Before Deleting Your Account

Thankfully, Telegram does allow you to download copies of your messages, files, contacts and other data before axing your account.

Exporting your Telegram data is easy to do on a desktop. Just follow these steps:

  1. Install the Telegram desktop app and log in.

  2. Click the hamburger menu > Settings.

  3. Scroll down and select ‘Export Telegram Data‘.

  4. Choose which data types to export.

  5. Click ‘Export‘ and save the file.

I highly recommend taking the time to fully export your Telegram history before deleting your account. It‘s a great way to preserve memories and important files.

Key Takeaways and Next Steps

To wrap things up, here are some key points to remember:

  • You can temporarily deactivate your account through the mobile app, or delete it immediately via the Telegram website.

  • Deleting your account erases your Telegram data and removes you from groups.

  • Export your Telegram history before deleting to preserve your data.

  • Wait a few days before re-registering your phone number after deleting your account.

Ready to delete your Telegram account? Follow the steps in this guide to quickly and easily deactivate or delete your account.

If you have any other questions about deleting your Telegram account, feel free to reach out to me! I‘m always happy to help walk through this process.

Wishing you all the best,

Social Media Expert

FAQs About Deleting Your Telegram Account

Here are answers to some common questions about deleting your Telegram account:

Is Telegram secure? Should I switch to a more private messaging app?

Telegram has faced criticism over its default security settings. Unlike apps like Signal and WhatsApp, Telegram does not enable end-to-end encryption for messages by default. This means there is a higher risk of messages being intercepted.

If privacy is your top concern, switching to an app like Signal or Wire that offers end-to-end encryption by default may be worth considering. But many people still find Telegram‘s features and flexibility worthwhile despite its security limitations.

What exactly gets deleted when I remove my Telegram account?

Deleting your Telegram account erases all data stored locally on your device, including:

  • Your message history and files
  • Your contacts/address book
  • Your group and channel memberships

No data from your Telegram account can be recovered once deletion is complete.

Can someone who received my Telegram messages still see them after I‘ve deleted my account?

Yes. Recipients of your Telegram messages maintain copies on their own devices. So any messages you sent to friends, family, work contacts, etc. prior to deleting your account will still be visible to them.

Only the copy of messages stored locally on your own device is erased when you delete your Telegram account.

If I was the admin of a Telegram group, what happens to it when I delete my account?

If you were the sole admin of a Telegram group, the platform will automatically reassign admin privileges to another regular group member once your account is deleted.

So rest assured, your groups will live on with a new admin in charge once you delete your Telegram account.

How soon can I create a new Telegram account after deleting my old one?

Telegram prohibits creating a new account with a recently deleted phone number for a short waiting period. This is typically just 2-3 days.

After that waiting period, you are free to sign up for a brand new Telegram account with that same number if you choose.

How do I delete specific messages or entire conversations on Telegram?

You can selectively delete parts of conversations on Telegram without fully deleting your account. Here‘s how:

  • Delete specific messages: Press and hold on a message > Tap ‘Delete‘ > Confirm deletion

  • Delete an entire chat: Open the chat > Tap the profile name > Select ‘Clear History‘ > Confirm clearing

Hope this helps explain how you can purge messages or chats without having to fully delete your Telegram account!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.