No matter how popular social network or service, there may come a time when users decide to close their account and move to greener pastures. Twitch might not give users who want to do this the option to completely delete their data, but they do let you disable accounts, which is the next best solution.

Disabling a Twitch account essentially removes it from the public Twitch service. Users can no longer log into it, and it will no longer show up in searches or direct visits. Important information can be manually modified or deleted by the user before they disable the account, so even if their Twitch profile is not completely removed from the Twitch database, all personal information may be retained. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Completely Disable Your Twitch Account

Disabling your Twitch account is very simple and can be done within minutes.

  1. Sign in to your Twitch account on the main Twitch website.

  2. Click on the dropdown menu in the top right corner and select Settings .

    Settings menu on the Twitch homepage
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and you’ll see the » Disabling Twitch Account» . Press Disable account .

    Disable account link on Twitch settings page
  4. On the page » Disable Account» enter your account password and any feedback you wish to share with Twitch regarding your decision to leave. This second part is optional.

  5. Press the purple button Disable Account» . Your account will now be disabled.

Before deactivating your Twitch account

Disabling a Twitch account can be done very quickly, but there are a few things you need to do first before doing so.

  • Notify your followers or anyone you post : If you’re a Twitch streamer and you’re planning on deactivating your account, it’s a good idea to keep your viewers informed about the broadcast in the days leading up to the big day. Don’t forget to include when your last broadcast is and also direct your followers to other social networks like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so they can keep in touch with you. If you go to another streaming site like Mixer or YouTube, ask your viewers to sign up for or follow these new accounts.
  • Disable other accounts . One of the great things about Twitch is how it can connect to other social networks like Twitter and Facebook and additional gaming services like Xbox, Steam and . It is highly recommended that you disconnect from all these third party services before deactivating your Twitch account so that you can connect them to any new accounts you create in the future. To disable these services, simply go to the page settings and click on tab connections . This will take you to a list of connected services, which you can disable by clicking on the green checkmark next to their names.
  • Removing personal information A: Since Twitch does not completely delete your account, it is recommended that you go to your account settings (via the drop-down menu in the top right corner) and delete any important information you wish to protect, such as: Your real name and bio information. It’s also a good idea to review your feed (from the same menu) and remove any of your custom widgets and links to various donation services you may have added.

How to enable a disabled Twitch account

It is not possible to manually enable a disabled Twitch account, however this can be done by sending an email to Twitch Support. Support usually responds to inquiries within seven days.

Reasons to disable your Twitch account

While completely disabling a Twitch account may seem a bit extreme, there are several legitimate reasons why some users choose to do this instead of simply not logging in anymore. Here are three of the most common.

Why You Shouldn’t Disable Your Account

It may be tempting to disable your Twitch account, but there are a few things to consider before doing so.

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