I added a new account using this command in PolkadotJS.

const { pair, json } = keyring.addUri(mnemonic, 'myStr0ngP@ssworD', { name: 'mnemonic acc' });

And now, I want to forget the account. I used keyring.forgetAddress, but it doesn't really remove the account. I always load accounts using keyring.getAccounts() after forgetAddress.

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For example, how does the Forget Account action work in the PolkadotJS extension? What function or API is called? Please help me.

2 Answers 2


I believe the method to use here is forgetAccount, not forgetAddress.

  • Yes, you are right. Thank you very much.
    – INcre
    Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 20:11
  • @INcre Please, mark the question as resolved then. Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 7:35
  • I am not able to check two answers at once. Do you know how to do that? @Adam
    – INcre
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 16:38
  • Ah, ok, I missed Bruno's answer. Nevermind then. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 8:16
  • Thank you. Your answer is very helpful!!!
    – INcre
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 11:24

Exactly what Adam said.

According to the docs:

forgetAddress mirrors forgetAccount and if we look in the code we will see the minor difference in the two:

  public forgetAddress (address: string): void {
    this.addresses.remove(this._store, address);
  public forgetAccount (address: string): void {
    this.accounts.remove(this._store, address);

The reason you are still seeing the account when you call getAccounts is because forgetAddress() does not call this.accounts.remove(this._store, address) where as forgetAccount() does.

  • Yes, you are right. Thank you very much. @Bruno
    – INcre
    Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 20:13

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