February 21, 2013

How to Deactivate Your Pinterest Account

Hmm... You might be a victim of Pinterest Craze. Don't you? Many number of online users, especially women, started exploring Pinterest when they got to know it's all about organizing beautiful stuff online. The idea behind the Pinterest was very innovative though it similar to Instagram and the visual appeal has been embracing more and more users to their social platform since then. It's not only about pinning beautiful stuff you find online for fun, but Pinterest has introduced business accounts too. While everyone else enjoying the party at Pinterest, now you gonna say you wanna delete your Pinterest account?

Don't You Love Pinterest?

What?! You wanna delete your "Pinteresting" Pinterest account? Eventhough Pinterest has visual appeal and drive more traffic for sites, still there are users who are not much fond of Pinterest. It's not always about liking, 'cause there could be different reasons to get rid of it. Let me think... Lack of time to be on multiple social networks, is a one good reason. What else you can think of? However if you have made up your mind to get rid of your Pinterest account, continue reading.

Delete or Deactivate?

If you can recall, once we have been talking about deleting a Pinterest account. Pinterest allowed you to delete your Pinterest account completely including pins and boards in it. There were no way you could get your account back and claiming your old username on a new Pinterest account was not possible either. There were some users deleted their accounts thinking they can claim old username again in the new account they gonna create, but that was not true and as they couldn't get old account back, they had to give up on that.

But Pinterest improved flexibility in this deletion process and that's what made me write this post. Now Pinterest has a deactivation option where Pinterest users can deactivate their account and best thing is they can reactivate their deactivated account without losing any pin or board in it. Still deactivation doesn't free up username or email address to be used with another account, but you have the option to get your old account back.

Let's take a look at how this deactivation process works if you wanna deactivate your account right now. Or else if you already deactivated your account, you can find out how to reactivate it again safely.


1. Sign in to Pinterest.

2. Jump onto Pinterest Settings page.

3. Click on Deactivate Account button there.

4. Now click Deactivate Now button to confirm deactivation.

5. You will get a confirmation message if the deactivation was successful.

More Information:

* If you need to reactivate your Pinterest account, sign in with your old login credentials and you will find a message to check your inbox to find instructions on reactivation.

Review your email inbox and find email from Pinterest with reactivation instructions - Pinterest Account Reactivation.

Then, click Reactivate button to log in to your good old Pinterest account again.

* If you have any trouble deactivating / reactivating your Pinterest account, submit a request with the category selected My Account > Deactivate an account.

Enjoy :-)

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Sylviane Nuccio said...

Hi Mayura,

Well, that's a good thing that one can totally delete their Pinterest account if they want or need to. However, that won't be me. I really like my boards and want to create more as I have really not used Pinterest much so far.

I really enjoy other people's pictures there too. Gorgeous images I'd never seen before Pinterest.

Thanks for another tutorial :)

Harleena Singh said...

Glad I knew this one too Mayura :)

Yes, I've seen that deactivation button too, but I don't think any of us would like to delete our accounts! Not me at least. :)

I guess most of us love Pinterest to delete it, and in-fact I'm thinking of expanding it and making a few boards public too - so more people can pin their pins onto that board - more the merrier - isn't it?

Pinterest has always been addictive - right from day one, though am glad I managed to keep it within limits or else I would forever be drowned in the awesome images people share there.

Nevertheless, thanks for sharing this one with us, and it would help those who want to delete their accounts. :)

Donna Merrill said...

Hi Mayura!
Well, I have deleted my Pinterest account several months ago. It is a good site, but I had to sit down and think how much time I can spend on social sites and where were most of the people who follow me.
Pinterest was one and Klout the other. It was not difficult to get out of Klout, to me it was senseless. But it was quite difficult to tear myself away from Pinterest.
I enjoyed my pin boards, but just had to shave down on time.
Thanks for the step-by-step instructions as usual from Mayura University!


Sapna said...

HI Mayura

Great share!

I think you have very well explained the process and it will come handy whenever I'm really going to switch off from pinterest.This is again the great step by step from your tech university.

Thanks for the great share.


Brenda Lee said...

Very cool Mayura! That's cool to know if you ever want to totally escape Pinterest. Thanks for the tutorial. Definitely sharing the knowledge!

Amy Hagerup said...

Hi Mayura, I have two pinterests accounts - one personal and one business though they overlap some too. I don't spend much time on pinterest but i do enjoy it here and there. And it has brought a lot of traffic to one of my blogs so that is good. I hope to target some more of my niche audience there too. That is good to know that we can deactivate it rather than deleting it. We do have to keep control of our social media accounts, that is for sure! Thanks again, Amy

Angela McCall said...

Hi Mayura,

Wow...that's great. You can claim your old account back.

As far as Pinterest is account, I like it. But it's not my first choice for social media. I don't see people commenting on my Pinterest except people just REPIN my stuff. It's cool. No problem. Besides Pinterest, I also have Tumblr (which is similar to Pinterest but not quite the same). I only have 2 people I follow on Tumblr which is my daughter & my niece. It's more than enough for me.

First time I joined Pinterest I made that same mistake over & over again...I added hundreds of strangers that I don't know!!! Next thing I knew I was DELETING them all and started over again. So now my Pinterest is better. Picking up quality people who follows me. Much, much better... :)


Dan Black said...

I just started to use Pinerest and am still learning about it. I have a little knowledge about the site and it's looking like the next social media powerhouse:) It's great to have the option to deactivate an account. Thank you for the How To Post:)

Shorya Bist said...

Hi Mayura ,

Thanks for sharing the information Mayura , its always a great experience coming to your blog,as you are always upto sharing great things.

But i have not much explored pinterest. Right now i am not using pinterest because of busy schedule and some other work but yes.

Let see when your this tip going to help me.LOL

Thank You
Shorya Bist
From Youthofest

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Adrienne,

Whoops... Really? That's sad to hear, but they need to know how to do it right, no? :)

I think you are busy enough with other social networks dear :) Of course, you don't need to deactivate and I see it's updating with the pins of your blog posts.

As the feedback I've got, folks were stopping by here to see what happens if they deactivate the account Adrienne :) Now they know they can get it back after deactivation. Cool, eh? ;)

Thanks for coming over and adding your thoughts on Pinterest and deactivation dear :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Angela,

Awesome, right? :) Earlier Pinterest users had no option but just delete their account. After all, now they can reactivate if they need it back :)

I do like Pinterest too though I don't visit regularly dear :) I know, You are much fond of Google+, no? Well, the truth is engagement is kinda low there and stats proved it's mostly about repins.

Tumblr is quite a micro-blogging platform dear :) I have friends who blog at Tumblr too. Anyway I visit Pinterest due to beautiful images being pinned there.

Well, I add known friends and other folks are mostly people who pin lovely stuff Angela :) Or else boards with cool stuff. Pinterest prompt us to follow if we need after a repin. You can see that people has different tastes there and I think it's the best way to get connected as it worked for me. Now mine flooded with awesome stuff whenever I visit ;)

Thanks for coming over, and contributing your thoughts and experiences on usage of Pinterest Angela :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Dan,

Glad to hear you have started with Pinterest mate :) You will learn as you use it more for sure and there are more tips out there too. It will give you more traffic if you engage and use it regularly :)

Now deactivation process of Pinterest is cool as the only option it had was deletion mate :)

Thanks for coming up and sharing your thoughts on the topic Dan :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hey Shorya,

lol :D I hope you will get addicted when you find amazing images you'd like to see everyday mate. Beware ;)

I know mate, time is very crucial :) You will have plenty of time later on to explore Pinterest with more features. It will help you with your blog too :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts Shorya ;) I appreciate your compliments on blog too mate :)


Corinne Rodrigues said...

Great information here, @MayuraDeSilva:disqus. I deleted the Pinterest account I had in my personal name and created one in the name of Everyday Gyaan. Bookmarking this post for future use - or to help someone else!

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Corinne,

Woopies... I've been following you over there and when yesterday I go through the list, I've seen your personal profile dear. May be still up there? :)

Hope you will find useful when you need to deactivate but I think you will enjoy Pinterest even more Corinne ;)

Thanks for coming over and contributing your thoughts on this topic dear :)


RobG said...

Hello Mayura great tips my friend, I do have a Pinterest board but I don't spend much time on it I may in a few things here and there but overall I'm not getting much results from it.

I will leave it up for now to see how it goes and maybe things will pick up.

Thanks for the helpful tips now I know how to remove it if I want to. Have a wonderful day my friend.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hello Rob,

Oops... I haven't thought about getting much traffic from Pinterest either mate but as I've gone through the analytics I've seen it's being one of top social network driving traffic. This time the VIDEO of the weekend is about Pinterest. You may find it interesting to do better there :)

You can remove and reactivate if you need to too mate ;) Awesome, eh?

Thanks for coming by and adding your thoughts here on Pinterest Rob :)

You have a wonderful day too friend :)


anm2011 said...

Hi If I deactivate my account, will it remove a notification to someone? For example: If I liked something will if not notify them after I deactivated?

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Mate,

I hope so, but not sure exactly about that :)

You have two choices,

1. You can ask it out at Pinterest Help Center before you continue with deactivation.

2. Deactivate account and see if notifications are still available on the Pinterest profile you are referring to. You can reactivate it again if it's not :)


Laur said...

When ever i press the reactivate button it sends me to pintrest so i log in and then its says welcome back please check your email for instructions so you can reactivate your account every time

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Laur,

Can you log in after reactivating your Pinterest account? :) If so, you can ignore that message.


Jasmine said...

If I deactivate and then reactivate will I still have all my boards, pins and followers?

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Jasmine,

Of course, you can restore your pins and boards along with your account :)


Jasmine said...

okay thank you!!

Tallulah Orr said...

Hello, I have done all the steps but then when I try to reactivate the account (on the email) it says that I can't but I have been sent an email. It just keeps going round in circles. Please help!

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Tallulah,

Can you go to Pinterest website and login with your previous credentials, instead of clicking on the link in email?