How to Deactivate Your Instagram Account from Your Phone

Instagram has become an addictive platform for many, even if you’re not actively using it. If you’re looking to take a break from the constant scrolling and notifications, temporarily deactivating your Instagram account might be the solution. This article will guide you through the process of temporarily disabling your account, ensuring that all your data, photos, followers, and other information remain intact until you decide to reactivate it.

Why Choose Temporary Deactivation?

Before we dive into the process, it’s important to understand why you might opt for temporary deactivation. This feature allows you to hide your profile, photos, likes, and comments, giving you a much-needed break from the platform. It’s an excellent way to take a vacation from Instagram without permanently deleting your account. Alternatively, if your main concern is specific friends or accounts, muting them might be a simpler solution.

It’s worth noting that the instructions provided here apply to Instagram accounts that do not use Facebook to log in. If your Instagram account is linked to Facebook, you’ll need to first unlink them and reset your Instagram password. Ensure that you have access to the email associated with your Instagram account before proceeding with these steps.

How to Temporarily Deactivate Your Instagram Account

Follow the steps below to temporarily deactivate your Instagram account:

  1. Open a web browser on your phone and visit Instagram.com.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, enter your credentials to sign in.
  3. Click on the Profile option from the left side menu.
  4. At the top of the page, click the Edit profile button.
  5. Select “See more” in Accounts Center.
  6. Choose “Personal details” and then “Account ownership and control.”
  7. From the menu that appears, select “Deactivation or deletion” and choose the account you want to deactivate.
  8. On the next screen, click “Deactivate account” and scroll down to select the Continue button. You’ll be prompted to enter your account password.
  9. Choose a reason for deactivating your Instagram account from the provided list and click Continue.
  10. Select the “Deactivate account” button to confirm the deactivation.

It’s important to note that while these steps reflect the current method for deactivating an Instagram account, there may be variations depending on the platform’s updates. Although the process has been confirmed, there is some ambiguity regarding whether this method truly deactivates an account or simply logs you out. Instagram’s Help Center even states that this method may not work “at this time.”

If you prefer using the Instagram mobile app on your Android or iOS device, the process is similar to the Accounts Center method outlined above. Although there may be slight variations, the following steps should generally apply to both platforms:

Open the Instagram mobile app and follow these steps:

  1. Select your Profile picture located at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines menu icon to open the settings.
  3. Go to Settings and privacy > Accounts Center > Personal details > Account ownership and control > Deactivation or deletion.
  4. Select the account you want to deactivate and choose “Deactivate account” > Continue.
  5. Enter your password when prompted and tap Continue.
  6. Choose your reason for deactivation and click Continue.
  7. You can select an automatic reactivation option or choose not to reactivate automatically from the dropdown menu. Tap Continue.
  8. Finally, confirm your account deactivation by selecting “Deactivate account.”

Permanently Deleting Your Instagram Account

If you’ve made the decision to permanently delete your Instagram account, keep in mind that this action cannot be undone. Permanently deleting your account will remove your profile, photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers. You will not be able to retrieve any of this information once the process is complete, and you won’t be able to use the same username again if someone else claims it.

There are two ways to delete your account, as described in Instagram’s help guide:

  1. Follow the deactivation steps outlined above and select the “delete account” option instead of “deactivate” when prompted.
  2. Alternatively, you can follow the steps below:

To delete your Instagram account permanently, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Instagram Delete Your Account page using a web browser.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, enter your Instagram credentials to sign in.
  3. Next to “Why do you want to delete [your username]?”, select an option from the drop-down box.
  4. Enter your Instagram password to confirm.
  5. Click “Delete [Your Username].” This will submit a deletion request to the Instagram team.

After 30 days, Instagram will permanently delete your account and all associated information. Keep in mind that the deletion process may take up to 90 days to complete.

If you prefer using the Instagram mobile app to delete your account, follow these steps:

On iOS:

  1. Select your Profile icon.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines menu icon to open the settings.
  3. Go to Settings and privacy > Account > Delete account > Delete account > Continue deleting account.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.
  5. Select “Delete [your username]” and confirm by clicking OK.

On Android:

  1. Select your Profile icon.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines menu icon to open the settings.
  3. Go to Settings and privacy > Accounts Center > Personal details > Account ownership and control > Deactivation or deletion.
  4. Select the account you want to delete and choose “Delete account” > Continue.
  5. Choose a reason for deleting and click Continue.
  6. Enter your password and click Continue.
  7. Finally, select “Delete account” to confirm your account deletion.

It’s worth mentioning that the instructions provided for Android can also be applied to iOS devices, although there may be slight variations between platforms.

Now that you’re familiar with the process of both temporary deactivation and permanent deletion, you can choose the option that best suits your needs. Whether you want a temporary break or to bid farewell to Instagram for good, make sure to follow the steps carefully to achieve the desired outcome.