Hundreds of millions of people use Reddit monthly to post and share content. Some of them choose to use their real names, a nickname, or a moniker as username.
Some who use their real names, email addresses, or other personally identifiable information do so to harmonize their profiles across platforms. This can make them easier to find, follow, and connect with.
However, it also means that they can be easily tracked and identified across platforms. It’s a lot like plastering your name across your doorpost, but it need not be if you use a throwaway account on Reddit.
What Is a Throwaway Account on Reddit?
A throwaway Reddit account is a Reddit account that you can create and throw away or discard even after one use. It allows you to post anonymously on Reddit without a trace or digital trail leading back to you. You can use any name or moniker as a username.
Such disposable throwaway accounts exist because Reddit, like several other platforms, allows you to create multiple accounts to protect your identity. And there are benefits too.
Posting via a throwaway account on Reddit gives you anonymity. This way you can post without fear or favor. For instance, you can use it to blow the whistle on some illegal workplace practices. Secondly, you can rest assured that nothing you post can be used against you in the court of public opinion or by vindictive and powerful persons. This encourages fearless sharing. Thirdly, it can help you to avoid trolls and cyberbullies who would want to attack you as a result of your Reddit post.
You can also leave comments on other people’s posts and speak your mind. However, note that a throwaway account is not a license to throw away Reddit’s terms of service or rules governing subreddits.
If you post content that violates the terms, such posts will often be deleted and there are some conditions for changing your Reddit username, should you choose to.
How to Create a Throwaway Reddit Account
You can create a throwaway Reddit account in under a minute and you can do it both on desktop and on mobile. You can also create a throwaway account whether you’re signed into your main account or not.
For the former, you’ll need to open a new incognito window, use a different browser, or a different browser profile altogether. Although you can create more than one account using the same email address, it’ll defeat the purpose of a throwaway account, which is anonymity.
Without further ado, here’s how to open a throwaway Reddit account on a desktop:
- First, create a throwaway email account with your preferred email provider. Previously, you could create a throwaway account without your email address.
- Now go to Reddit.
- Click the Sign Up button in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Skip the options to Continue with Google or Continue with Apple.
If you use this option, Google or Apple will share your name, email address, and profile picture with Reddit. This defeats anonymity.
- Instead, enter your throwaway email address and click Continue instead.
- Enter a username in the space provided. For a throwaway account, you’d want to use a unique name you’ve never used before or that can be traceable to you.
- Enter your preferred password.
- Click Sign Up.
When you create a throwaway account on Reddit, you should refrain from upvoting yourself from either account. It is seen as vote manipulation and can get you banned. When you’re done using it, here’s how to delete a Reddit account.
Should You Create a Throwaway Reddit Account?
At the end of the day, a throwaway Reddit account is the same as a regular account since you require an email address to create a throwaway account. The only difference is in the intent.
If so, should you still go ahead and create a throwaway account on Reddit? The answer is yes if you want an alternative account where you can post anonymously. The major hassle is having to switch between accounts