What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account? [Short Answer]

What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account
What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account

Telegram is a popular messaging app that boasts of its security and privacy features, such as end-to-end encryption, self-destructing messages, and cloud-based storage.

If you want to delete your Telegram account, and you’re not so sure about what happens when you delete your account.

If you’ve felt you needed some time off social media to focus on yourself or work and you want to delete your Telegram account. This article is for you. 

Most people want to delete their Telegram account for security and privacy reasons. Despite Telegram’s security features, some users still feel unsafe using the app. 

 In this article, you’ll learn what happens when you delete your Telegram account.

Things You Should Know

  • Deleting your account permanently removes all your messages and contacts.
  • Your account information will be permanently deleted from the Telegram database.
  • Your contact will still be able to see the recent messages you sent. 

What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account?

When you delete your Telegram account, you cannot recover the account back. Termination of your Telegram account is permanent. 

So if you delete your account, Telegram will delete your account data from their database permanently. Your messages, channels, groups you created, and contacts associated with your account will be deleted. 

However, your contacts (people you’ve messaged) will still have their copy of the messages you’ve sent to them. Also, your contacts will still see the groups you’ve created. 

The only way to delete your messages permanently and your contacts won’t see them after you delete your account is to use the self-destruct timer feature on Telegram. 

When you enable the self-destruct timer (auto-delete messages), the settings will only apply to new messages you’ve sent. 

ALSO READ: How To Delete A Telegram Account Permanently

Can I Recover My Telegram Account After I Delete It?

No, the termination of your Telegram account is permanent. You can’t get the account back. 

However, you can sign up again after some time with the same phone number and previous information you’ve used, but you’ll appear as a new user and will not get the following back:

  • Account history.
  • Contacts.
  • Channels and groups back.

If you delete your account without transferring ownership rights to another user on Telegram, your groups and members will disappear.

Will Telegram Self-Destruct My Account If I’m Not Active?

Yes, Telegram will self-destruct your account if you haven’t been active for a certain period. Six months is the default setting before Telegram self-destructs your account. If you want to extend the time, you can change the settings to prevent Telegram from deleting it after some months of inactivity.

Your account will delete all your messages, photos, videos, groups, and data permanently if you don’t log in after this period.

To change the settings

  • Open the Telegram app and tap the three lines at the top left corner of the screen. 
  • Tap Settings
  • Select Privacy and Security under “settings”.
  • Under “Delete my account” tap If away for and change the default settings to “1 Year”.

Once you’ve changed the settings, Telegram will self-destruct your account if you’re inactive for 1 year. 

You need to come online at least once within this period, or else Telegram will delete your account and data.

FAQs on What Happens When You Delete Your Telegram Account?

Telegram will delete your account after six (6) months of inactive by default. But you can change the settings.

Yes, Telegram will self-destruct accounts that have been inactive for a while. 

Telegram deletes your account without any violation if you stay inactive for a long time

No, you can’t reactivate your account. This action is permanent and irreversible.

No, Telegram does not allow users to temporarily deactivate their accounts. Once your account is deleted, it’s not recoverable. 

There are some ways your contacts will know you deleted your account, your profile icon will change to a ghost icon. Also, your username will be deleted on Telegram.

Yes, but you have to wait for some time. You cannot create a new account immediately after you delete the account. You need to wait for a few hours or more than 24 hours before creating an account with the same phone number. 

Yes, your contacts will receive a notification once you reinstall Telegram back. However, if you choose not to sync your phone contacts with Telegram, your contacts won’t receive any notification that “you joined Telegram”. 


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