VKontakte is one of the most popular social networks in Russia. Although it’s less known outside the country, you may have signed up out of curiosity or to chat with Russian friends. But then perhaps your Russian pals got on Facebook and VKontakte became irrelevant. This post is about how to delete your redundant profile while keeping something to remember it by.
How to download data from VKontakte
Let’s start by preserving what’s accumulated in your VKontakte account. This is not as difficult as it may seem — if you ask nicely, VKontakte will send you an archive with your data. To do so, click the button at the bottom of this linked page.
True, you can’t count on being sent everything you’ve managed to amass during your sojourn on VKontakte. The company does not allow downloading of music and videos, so the archive will be of no use in that regard. There are many apps and extensions online for exporting media files from VK. But remember they are all unofficial, which means they may be less than reliable, or even malicious. So we do not advise using them.
Beloved videos and songs aside, you can still save a lot of valuable stuff:
Note that the archive can take up to a few days to create, so a quick download-and-delete is not an option. At the same time, when the VKontakte administration sends you a message with a link to the backup, we recommend saving it immediately; the archive will be available for download for just one week.
How to delete your VKontakte account
Now that you’ve saved everything you can, it’s time to get down to business. Leaving VKontakte is easy:
Your data won’t instantly vanish from the social network. First, the service has a legal obligation to store it for at least six months. And second, as we already mentioned, you have 210 days to change your mind and rejoin. If later you decide that life without VKontakte is not worth living:
Moreover, your name will still pop up in lists of community members and friends of other users. Likewise, your comments and likes will not go anywhere. So if you want to disappear for good, you will have to get rid of everything manually.
How to delete a VKontakte account without a computer
It may happen that you want to delete your account but don’t have access to a desktop or laptop. Regrettably, the VKontakte mobile app contains no such option. To leave the social network using a smartphone, you need to log in using a browser. In the mobile version of the website, the procedure is slightly different:
How to delete a page you can’t access
As you can see, it is not difficult to get rid of a VKontakte profile. But what if your account has been hacked and the password changed? Or, say, you want to delete a page that you abandoned so long ago that your phone number and e-mail address are now different?
First, try to restore access:
The social network will ask you to provide a valid phone number and confirm your identity. To do so, you will need to remember the phone number that you linked to the page (if different from the current one), or one of your old passwords, or better still, both. If your mind is a total blank, you will be asked to take a picture of yourself against the backdrop of the app, and upload the photo.
As a last resort, you can contact the support team from another account (yours or a friend’s). True, if you overindulged on anime avatars and made-up names, you will probably not receive assistance. But if the profile you want to delete contains your real name and photo: