How to Delete Your Craigslist Account

Want to remove yourself from Craig Newark's list of advertisers?  Perhaps you're interested in a competing service that we listed in our Craigslist Alternatives article?  Well, we've got some unfortunate news for you: Craigslist does not provide a quick and easy way to delete your account. 

However, you can try contacting Craigslist directly and see if they'll delete your account for you.  And even if they don't, there are some things that you can do to limit the amount of information that is left on your Craigslist account, so that it won't be of much use to anyone who tries to break into it.

Okay, then how do I delete my Craigslist account?

There are two steps that you should take if you want to stop using your Craigslist account: delete and/or anonymize your information on Craigslist, and contact them with a direct request to delete your account.

1. Delete and anonymize your Craigslist information

Go to www.craigslist.org in your web browser (taking you to your local Craigslist sub-site) and log in.  Go into each of your options categories and delete as much information as you can, or at least change it to something random.  (Just click in the boxes and press the "Backspace" key to get rid of what's there, and perhaps replace it with gibberish.)  The one exception is your email address, since you may need it to get back into your account in order to resolve a problem.

See the last section of our How to Post on Craigslist tutorial for help with deleting your Craigslist posts.

2. Contact Craigslist directly to delete your account

Click this link, and it will take you to a form where you can send Craigslist a message saying that you need help with your account.

Click in the boxes highlighted in the screenshot above and type in (from top to bottom):

  • Your name

  • The email address associated with your Craigslist account

  • The subject of your message (e.g. something like "Please Close My Account")

  • A request to close your account, and an explanation for why you want to do so

When you've filled in all of the required information, click Send Message.  Then watch your email, and see if Craigslist responds to your request.  Good luck!

See our How to Contact Craigslist tutorial for other information about getting in touch with Craigslist.

 

We hope that you're able to find a satisfactory way to retire your Craigslist account!

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