Why is 20 XRP an unspendable balance?

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Why can't I just withdraw my 20 remaining XRP?
How do I delete my account?

Why can't I just withdraw my 20 remaining XRP?

The Ripple Ledger has a minimum reserve requirement of 20 XRP that can't be withdrawn. The reasoning behind it is to reduce the load on the ledger, prevent it from growing excessively large, and protect it from spam. Since the requirement was set out by the ledger, it'll still be there no matter which non-custodial wallet you're using for your Ripple. 

What about custodial services?

With custodial services, such as exchanges, you're sharing your address with multiple other accounts. You have your personal Destination Tag, or Memo, that ensures your funds won't be lost, yet the address itself isn't yours. The exchange takes care of the minimum balance, but you're no longer in full control of your private keys. 

Non-custodial wallets (such as Atomic Wallet), on the other hand, create a unique address for you. While you have to fund the reserve requirement yourself, the address is yours only to manage. 

How do I delete my Ripple account?

In case you want to deactivate your wallet, you'll only be able to withdraw 15 of your remaining XRP. 5 coins will be burnt to delete the account.  Please bear in mind that this cannot be reversed, so proceed with caution.

  1. Withdraw everything from your account, leaving just 20 XRP on your balance.
  2. Download the XUMM wallet app for your platform (iOS or Android) here.
  3. In your Atomic Wallet app, tap the cog icon at the top-right corner.
  4. Choose Private keys, enter your password, and tap the Show private keys button.
  5. Scroll down and pick XRP from the coin list. Here, tap on your private key to get it copied to your clipboard.
  6. Open your XUMM app. Go through with setting up your account, which includes choosing a passcode and getting some basic security tips.
  7. Tap on Add account.
  8. Tap on Import existing account.
  9. Choose Full access. You’ll need this a bit later to let the XUMM app sign the account deletion transaction for you.
  10. Choose Family Seed.
  11. Paste your XRP private key into the field and tap on Confirm.
  12. Go to xumm.community and click on Sign in with Humm. You'll be prompted with a QR code.
  13. On your phone, tap the scanner icon in the bottom panel and scan the QR code. Make sure to do it while signed into the account you want deleted.
  14. Scroll the xumm.community page down and click on Account delete.
  15. Now, paste the address you want your 15 XRP transferred to. Bear in mind that your funds may be lost if you send them to a custodial address, which includes exchanges (e.g. Binance). Since you'll only want to use a non-custodial app, you can just skip the Memo field. 
  16. Hit the Send Account Delete to XUMM button and sign the account deletion transaction on your phone.
  17. Voila! Your account is now deleted, and your remaining 15 XRP should have been sent to your chosen address.

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