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How To Delete Duolingo Account

What Is Duolingo?

Duolingo is a popular educational technology company with two main focuses:

1. Language learning:

  • Duolingo is most well-known for its free language learning app, which offers courses in over 40 languages, from common ones like Spanish and French to less common languages like Welsh and Irish.

  • The app uses a gamified approach to learning, with short, interactive lessons that involve translating, completing exercises, and quizzes. This makes learning fun and engaging, and helps users stay motivated.

  • Duolingo also offers podcasts for intermediate learners, featuring stories told by native speakers.

2. Certification:

  • Duolingo provides the Duolingo English Test, an online standardized test that assesses your English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This test is accepted by many universities and institutions around the world.

How To Delete Duolingo Account

1. Deactivating Your Account: A Temporary Farewell

Taking a break from Duolingo? Deactivating your account is the perfect option. This puts your learning progress on hold, but lets you easily reactivate and pick up where you left off whenever you're ready. Here's how:

  • Open the Duolingo app or website and log in.

  • Navigate to your profile settings. This is usually under the "Account" or "Me" tab.

  • Look for the "Deactivate Account" option. It might be hidden under a "More Settings" or similar menu.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions. You'll likely be asked to confirm your decision and provide a reason for deactivating.

  • Voilà! Your account is now deactivated. Duolingo won't send you emails or track your progress, but all your data remains intact for whenever you return.

2. Saying a Permanent Goodbye: Deleting Your Account

Ready to fully sever ties with Duolingo? Deleting your account erases all your progress, streaks, and purchased items, making it a permanent decision. So, weigh your options carefully before proceeding. Here's what you need to do:


  • This process can only be done on the Duolingo website, not the app. Grab your trusty computer!

  • Make sure you've cancelled any active Duolingo Plus subscriptions to avoid unwanted charges.

  • Consider downloading any learning materials you want to keep, like vocabulary lists or progress reports.

Now, onto the deletion steps:

  • Access the Duolingo website and log in to your account.

  • Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.

  • Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Delete my account." A warning message will appear, reminding you of the consequences.

  • Click "Delete My Account" again to confirm. Duolingo will send a confirmation email to the address associated with your account.

  • Open the email and click the link to finalize the deletion. Your account will be permanently erased within 7 days.

What happens if you delete Duolingo?

When you delete your Duolingo account, two key things happen:

1. All your data is permanently erased: This includes your:

  • Learning progress: All completed lessons, mastered skills, and earned crowns will be gone.

  • Streaks: Any active learning streaks (consecutive days of practice) will be broken and cannot be recovered.

  • Purchased items: Any Duolingo Plus subscriptions or other in-app purchases will be lost.

  • Forum activity: Any posts or comments you made on the Duolingo forum will be deleted.

2. You lose access to the platform: You can no longer log in to the Duolingo app or website, use the learning features, or participate in the community.

Things to remember:

  • The deletion process is permanent: Once you confirm deletion, there's no way to get your account or data back.

  • Deactivation is an alternative: If you're unsure about permanent deletion, consider deactivating your account instead. This puts your progress on hold but lets you reactivate later.

  • Download important materials: Before deleting, download any learning materials you want to keep, like vocabulary lists or progress reports.

How do I delete my school account on Duolingo?

Deleting a school account on Duolingo is a bit different because your school account is actually tied to your personal Duolingo account. Here's what you need to know:

Deleting your school account means deleting your entire Duolingo account:

  • All your personal learning progress, streaks, and purchased items will be permanently erased.

  • You'll lose access to the Duolingo app, website, and community features.

  • This affects not only your school-related activities but also any personal language learning you were doing on the platform.

Therefore, deleting your school account is essentially the same as deleting your entire Duolingo account. You can follow the steps I previously mentioned for permanent account deletion:

  1. Access the Duolingo website on a computer. (Deletion can't be done on the app.)

  2. Log in to your account.

  3. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.

  4. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Delete my account."

  6. Confirm your decision and follow the on-screen instructions.

  7. Open the confirmation email you receive and click the link to finalize the deletion.

Why can't I Delete my Duolingo course?

There are a couple of reasons why you might not be able to delete a Duolingo course:

1. You only have one course: Duolingo doesn't allow you to delete your only active course. This is because they want to ensure you always have access to language learning opportunities within the platform.

2. Technical issue: Sometimes, glitches or bugs can prevent you from deleting a course. Try refreshing the app or website, restarting your device, or logging out and back in.

3. You're trying to delete from the app: Currently, deleting courses is only possible through the Duolingo website, not the mobile app.

Here's what you can do:

  • If you have only one course: Consider adding another language you're interested in learning. Once you have two courses, you'll be able to delete the unwanted one.

  • If it's a technical issue: Try the troubleshooting steps mentioned above. If the problem persists, contact Duolingo support for assistance.

  • If you're trying from the app: Access the Duolingo website on your computer and follow the steps for deleting a course:

  1. Log in to your Duolingo account.

  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.

  3. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

  4. Scroll down to "Manage Courses".

  5. Click the red "remove" button next to the course you want to delete.

  6. Confirm your decision in the pop-up window.

How do I delete my Duolingo account for kids?

Deleting a Duolingo account for kids requires a slightly different approach due to privacy considerations. Here's how you can handle it depending on the situation:

1. If your child created the account themselves:

  • Guide them through the deletion process: As long as your child is old enough to understand the consequences, you can guide them through the steps I previously mentioned for permanent account deletion. Ensure they understand everything will be lost and cannot be recovered.

  • Help them access the email: If your child needs help accessing the confirmation email sent for deletion, assist them without compromising their privacy.

2. If you created the account for your child:

  • Access the family account settings: If you signed up for Duolingo Family Plan, you can manage individual accounts within the family. Go to the "Family Plan" section and locate your child's account. You should see an option to remove them from the plan, which effectively deactivates their account.

  • Contact Duolingo support: If you created your child's account individually, the easiest way is to contact Duolingo support. Explain the situation and request assistance with deleting your child's account. They will likely require verification details and parental consent before proceeding.

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