How to Delete Pokémon Go Account?

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Issue: How to Delete Pokémon Go Account?

I think I’m too old for this game. Besides, I don’t like how it’s draining battery. Can you please tell me if it’s possible to delete Pokémon GO Account?

Solved Answer

Unless you live in a desert island, you must have heard about Pokémon GO app. Although it was released on July 6 only (UK July 13), the number of users is incredible, i.e. it is estimated that there are about 9.5 million daily active users (the number continuously increases). Wow!

Pokémon GO has been developed by Niantic on Nintendo’s behalf. The app can be downloaded for free on the official website and can be run both on iOS and Android devices. The app is built on a giant video game, which is a mixture of a real world and the smartphone world. That’s why it’s so tempting, involving, and phenomenous. 

In fact, the game is about catching Japanese cartoon characters, i.e. Pokémons that appear on your way. When you use your smartphone while walking in the park, tripping with your friends, shopping, and doing all kinds of daily stuff, you can run into a Pokémon and catch it, raise its level, and so on. The game is actually sooo involving that it’s hard to stop without thinking “gotta catch ’em all”.

However, you should put the fascination aside and consider if this app is really safe to use. The usage of Pokémon Go app is blamed for causing security issues of users’ Google Account.  When signing up to Pokémon GO, people can either create a Pokémon account or sign in with Google Account. Not surprisingly, the majority of the users choose to use the old Google Account as it accelerates the sign in process. The problem is that people seldom read Terms and Conditions properly and don’t know what information the app can further access. Specialists warn that Pokémon GO has a full access to Google account, what means that all both personal and non-personal information can be gathered and analyzed.

Note: In fact, it’s not 100 percent clear how full that access is and what kind of information is going to be collected. Luckily, Google is working on it and promises to provide with a detailed description concerning privacy issues.

Therefore, if you want to keep the information on your Google Account away from third parties or if you want to take a break from the game, delete Pokémon GO app from phone. Deleting the app (not an account) will let you to get back if you like, for example, when privacy security issues will be fixed. Thus, if you want to remove Pokémon GO for now, follow the steps below:

How to delete Pokémon GO?

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  • Method 1: Delete Pokémon GO app

For this purpose, you should access Settings, then Manage apps, find Pokémon GO app and select Delete. (The process of app removal might differ according to the type of phone you are using).

  • Method 2:  Delete Pokémon GO account

NOTE: don’t forget that by doing so you will lose all the Pokémon creatures and will not have the ability to sign in with the same Google account.

If, nevertheless, you wish to stop Pokémon GO madness by deleting your account, you should perform these steps:

  1. Go to Pokémon GO support (on the official website)
  2. Type How to delete my Pokemon GO account in the Search Bar
  3. Click on the Contact Us link (in the text)
  4. On the page you will be redirected to, fill in your email address, indicate the nickname of the account that you want to delete and the reason why you want to.
  5. Check the four boxes to delete your account.
  6. Delete the Pokémon Go app off your mobile device.
  7. Lastly, you will receive an e-mail that will ask you to confirm that you want to delete Pokemon GO account. Respond Delete to the email.

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