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How to delete your Instagram account
These days we share a lot of personal information on social networks. Maybe, just maybe, a bit too much. Even though deleting yourself from all social media can be extreme, we understand why people might consider it. If you’re in that boat, here’s how to start by deleting your Instagram account.
To delete your Instagram account, use any browser to go to Instagram's dedicated deletion page. Log in, select your reason for leaving, re-enter your password, and hit the Delete [username] button.
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Editor’s note: We used a custom PC running Windows 11 and an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 15.5 to come up with these steps. Steps might differ depending on your hardware and software.
Should you delete your Instagram account or disable it?
It’s not too complicated to get rid of your Instagram profile, but some things are worth noting. First, there are two options for making your Instagram account disappear: You can delete it temporarily or permanently. The main difference is that deleting your account will permanently erase all photos and videos. Suspending it will make your data invisible, but all your content will be there when you decide to return.
For those taking this step, you might also want to check out our guide to deleting Facebook accounts. Ready? Let’s take you through the steps for each method.
How to temporarily disable your account
- Use a browser to go to Instagram.com (you can’t do it from the Android application).
- Log in.
- Click on the profile button in the top-right corner.
- Select Profile.
- Next to your profile picture and user name, select Edit Profile.
- Scroll down and select the Temporarily disable my account link.
- Select a reason why you are disabling your account.
- Re-enter your password.
- Click on the button that says Temporarily Disable Account.
- To reactivate the account, log back into it.
How to delete your account permanently
- From a browser, go to Instagram’s dedicated page for deleting accounts.
- If you are not logged in, you will have to do so.
- Select your reason for deleting the account.
- Re-enter your password.
- Select the button stating: Delete [username].
People won’t be able to access your content once you’ve hit the Delete button, but keep in mind your account isn’t completely gone just yet. All data will stay in Instagram’s servers for 30 days, and you can possibly still retrieve it. The social network claims the deletion process can take as much as 90 days, and it informs us the data may stick around for longer in backups kept for emergencies. Also, Instagram might keep some information about you, such as legal issues, term violations, etc.
You can use the iOS app
While Android users can’t deactivate or delete accounts from the Instagram app, iOS users can!
- Launch the iOS Instagram app.
- Tap on the Profile icon in the lower-right corner.
- Tap on the three-line menu button.
- Go into Settings.
- Select Account.
- Hit Delete account.
- Select either Deactivate account or Delete account.
There you have it; your Instagram account is now either temporarily or permanently gone. If and when you come back, don’t forget to follow Android Authority!
If you deactivate your Instagram account, your data will be hidden from the public. If you choose to delete your Instagram account, your data won’t be immediately deleted. Instead, it will stick around for 30 days, and Instagram claims the process can often last as long as 90 days.
Instagram might keep some of your information around after you delete your account. This may include usage habits, network data, communication logs, purchase details, device information, etc.
You can delete your Instagram account from the website or using the iOS app. Sadly, Android users can’t use the native app to delete or deactivate accounts yet.
The ability to delete your Instagram account from the official Android app seems like a possible addition in the near future. This feature has been included to the iOS app, after all. That said, there is no official statement of this capability coming to Android. We’ll have to wait, see, and hope.