How to Delete a Subreddit

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Social Media / Reddit

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Reddit had an amazing number of downloads, and the platform is counting a shocking number of 430 million monthly users.

Since the app’s popularity has not decreased through the course of the years, it’s only logical for the platform to pay attention to helping users divide their virtual communities by classifying them into subreddits.

Since Reddit is quite unique, and there aren’t too many similar platforms such as this one, the number of Subreddits on the app is enormous.

However, some Subreddits can start getting out of context, or the topic that is being discussed might not be serving the public anymore, therefore pops up the main question, can Subreddits be deleted?

How do I delete a Subreddit?

Unfortunately, once a Subreddit (/r/) is created, it will stay on the platform. You, as an administrator or creator cannot delete it. However, there are actions you can take which might help get close to deleting it.

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Removing yourself as a moderator from the Subreddit

As we mentioned, deleting a Subreddit can’t be done, but what will help you to stop seeing any information related to that specific Subreddit is removing yourself from there.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open your browser, and open the Reddit website.
  2. Sign in using your credentials.
  3. Open your profile by clicking on the profile icon and your username in the upper-right corner.
  4. On the drop-down menu, click ‘Profile’.
  5. On the right side of the screen, scroll down until you see the list of communities you’re listed as a ‘moderator’ for.
  6. Open the community you want to remove yourself from.
  7. After opening the Subreddit, click on ‘Mod Tools’, on the right side of the page.
  8. On the sidebar in the left part of the screen, find ‘User Management’ and click on ‘Moderators’.
  9. On the upper-right side of the screen, click on the ‘Leave as mod’ button.
  10. You will be asked to re-confirm that you want to remove yourself, click on ‘Leave’.

Note: Removing yourself from a community does not delete it, it will stay active. Bear in mind that leaving a Subreddit will still have you listed as a creator even after leaving, the only way to remove your username from the Subreddit, is by deleting your Reddit account.

Removing yourself from the Subreddit

To remove yourself from a Subreddit, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Reddit app, and sign in.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click on the ‘Discovery’ icon.
  3. Scroll down until you find the Subreddit you want to remove yourself from and open it.
  4. In the upper part of the screen, click on the ‘Joined’ button.
  5. On the pop-up, confirm you wish to remove yourself from a Subreddit by clicking on ‘Leave’.

Note: After removing yourself from a Subreddit, you might still see recommendations from it. To completely stop seeing a Subreddit, you can block it.

Blocking a Subreddit

Unfortunately, this feature is currently available for Premium users only. However, if you do have a Premium subscription to Reddit, any time you see a recommendation, or a post from the Subreddit, click on the ‘Block’ button, and you will no longer see any posts related to that particular Reddit.

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