Are you wondering whether I will lose my RuneScape account if I choose not to play the game on a browser or gaming client for a while? Don’t worry; this article will explain what happens next when you don’t log in to your RuneScape account after a certain period of inactivity.

You can download RuneScape 3 and the Old School RuneScape client to play the game on Windows, Mac, and Linux computer platforms. You can also enjoy the gaming content on your iOS and Android devices. Furthermore, the game is available to download and play on Steam.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to take a break from your favorite habit. It gives you a refreshing feel when you redo it later. The same goes for RuneScape. However, a few users are asking will the devs delete their inactive accounts and how to recover them afterward.

How long before Runescape deletes your account?

How long before Runescape deletes your account?

Quite a few users stopped playing the RuneScape game. However, they came back a few years later to find out that they needed to create a new username for RuneScape 3, resulting in an entirely new character. Players were in complete control of their RuneScape accounts. Therefore, we don’t think it is a matter of internet security.

Usually, Jagex reset the character for inactive Old School RuneScape accounts. However, some users complain that the same is happening on RuneScape 3.

Your F2P RuneScape character is deleted if your account has been inactive for more than one year. RuneScape’s subscription-based account gets deleted one year after the subscription ends.

Can I still access my old RuneScape account?

Can I still access my old RuneScape account?

You will not lose your RuneScape account as developers never delete the old inactive ones. However, depending on your account’s statistics or wealth, if you log in after a certain amount of inactivity, you can get your account back, but the developers will reset your character.

RuneScape developer Jagex also freed up millions of inactive RuneScape accounts. Therefore, once-taken character names are up for grabs again. Jagex is doing it to give the players who have invested their time in the game a head start over newcomers.

However, Jagex is not deleting old accounts. Instead, They are removing character names from inactive accounts and making them available again to spawn activity. That’s why when old RuneScape users try to access their accounts years later; they need to start with a whole fresh character.

So as long as you remember your RuneScape email address or username, you can access your old account. Let’s discuss it further in the next section.

How do I recover my old RuneScape account?

How do I recover my old RuneScape account?

The RuneScape support staff center should be your first stop to recover your old RuneScape account. You can do this by heading over to the Old School RuneScape or RuneScape 3 homepage and going to the support page. Next, type in your account issue and check for planned Maintainance that might be causing the problem.

In case of a server issue, you may need to wait for some time to let the devs fix the bugs on their end. Afterward, you can successfully try the RuneScape account recovery process.

Recover RuneScape login

The accounts created after 2010 needs email addresses to log in to RuneScape. However, you need your first-ever character name to log into an older RuneScape account. You can retrieve your username very easily and quickly in the following way.

  • Go to the RuneScape login recovery page.
  • Enter the email address associated with the account.
  • Wait for the RuneScape support email that contains your login information.

If you don’t have access to your email, you can contact RuneScape support. Afterward, fill in all the relevant details, and the RuneScape support staff will send you the username/login on your alternate email address after doing their checks. If you have lost the email address, try to recover it from your email provider.

However, if you can’t recover your email address, use the RuneScape Account recovery form. You can click the “Forgotten your password” button on the game login screen to get the form. Alternatively, you can update your registered email on the “Forgotten Registered Email” page. Next, fill in the details to set up a new email address.

Recover RuneScape password

If you have forgotten your password or want to change it, RuneScape can send you the password reset link on your registered email address.

To do this, hit the “Can’t log in” button from the RuneScape login screen or select the “Reset password” option on the support center article. Next, enter your email address and click on the ” Yes, send me an email” option.

If you don’t have access to your registered email, click on the “No, I do not have access” option. Afterward, fill out the account recovery form to set up a new email. Once Runecape verifies that you are the account creator, they will email you a password reset link on your new email address.

Now you can use the “Reset password” or “Can’t log in” options to recover or change your password in the future.

What can cause my RuneScape account to be locked?

What can cause my RuneScape account to be locked?

RuneScape developers can lock your account due to a detected suspicious activity such as:

  • Continuously logging on to your RuneScape account from multiple devices.
  • Logging on to the RuneScape website with VPN enabled on one browser tab while accessing other website pages with local IP.
  • You are repeatedly typing in the wrong password to log in to your RuneScape account.

You need to contact RuneScape to appeal the ban in all of the above situations. However, if you decide to recover your account after a year, you will lose your game character.


Will I lose my RuneScape account? Well, you can get locked out of your account, forget your password/login, or remain inactive for years, but you can still access your account. However, you may need to make a new character if your account is inactive for one year after the RuneScape subscription ends.