How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account

In today’s age of excessive social media sharing, many individuals find themselves contemplating the idea of deleting their Instagram accounts. While it may seem like an extreme step, there are valid reasons why someone might choose to go down this path. If you’ve made up your mind and want to bid farewell to Instagram, this guide will walk you through the process of permanently deleting your account.

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to note that there are two options available: deleting your account permanently or disabling it temporarily. Understanding the difference between these two choices will help you make an informed decision based on your preferences and needs.

Permanently Delete vs. Temporarily Disable:

The main distinction between permanently deleting and temporarily disabling your Instagram account lies in the fate of your data. When you delete your account, all your photos and videos are permanently erased from the platform. On the other hand, temporarily disabling your account makes your data invisible to others, but it remains intact, waiting for your return.

Now that you’re aware of the options, let’s proceed with the step-by-step instructions for both methods.

How to Temporarily Disable Your Instagram Account

Previously, it was only possible to disable or delete your Instagram account using a browser or the iOS app. However, recent changes have made it feasible to perform these actions on Android as well. Below, you’ll find the instructions for disabling your account on each platform.

Using a Browser:

  1. Visit Instagram.com and log into your profile.
  2. Click on the Profile tab located on the left side of the screen.
  3. Select the Edit profile button.
  4. Click on the See more in Accounts Center option.
  5. Access the Personal details tab.
  6. Click on Account ownership and control.
  7. Choose Deactivation or deletion.
  8. Select the Instagram account you wish to deactivate.
  9. Ensure that Deactivate account is selected and click Continue.
  10. Enter your password and click Continue.
  11. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and click Continue.
  12. Confirm your decision by clicking Deactivate account.

Using the Android App:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the Profile tab.
  3. Go to Edit profile.
  4. Scroll down to the Personal information settings.
  5. Tap on Account ownership and control.
  6. Select Deactivation or deletion.
  7. Choose the Instagram account you want to deactivate.
  8. Make sure Deactivate account is selected and tap Continue.
  9. Enter your password and tap Continue.
  10. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and tap Continue.
  11. Confirm your decision by tapping Deactivate account.

Using the iPhone App:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Profile tab.
  3. Go to Edit profile.
  4. Scroll down to the Personal information settings.
  5. Tap on Account ownership and control.
  6. Select Deactivation or deletion.
  7. Choose the Instagram account you want to deactivate.
  8. Make sure Deactivate account is selected and tap Continue.
  9. Enter your password and tap Continue.
  10. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and tap Continue.
  11. Confirm your decision by tapping Deactivate account.

If you wish to reactivate your Instagram account in the future, simply log back in using your username and password.

How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account

If you’ve reached a point of no return and want to permanently remove your Instagram account, follow these steps:

Using a Browser:

  1. Visit Instagram.com and log into your profile.
  2. Click on the Profile tab located on the left side of the screen.
  3. Select the Edit profile button.
  4. Click on the See more in Accounts Center option.
  5. Access the Personal details tab.
  6. Click on Account ownership and control.
  7. Choose Deactivation or deletion.
  8. Select the Instagram account you wish to delete.
  9. Ensure that Delete account is selected and click Continue.
  10. Enter your password and click Continue.
  11. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and click Continue.
  12. Follow the prompts and continue until you reach the confirmation to Delete account.

Using the Android App:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the Profile tab.
  3. Go to Edit profile.
  4. Scroll down to the Personal information settings.
  5. Tap on Account ownership and control.
  6. Select Deactivation or deletion.
  7. Choose the Instagram account you want to delete.
  8. Make sure Delete account is selected and tap Continue.
  9. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and tap Continue.
  10. Follow the prompts and continue until you reach the confirmation to Delete account.

Using the iPhone App:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Profile tab.
  3. Go to Edit profile.
  4. Scroll down to the Personal information settings.
  5. Tap on Account ownership and control.
  6. Select Deactivation or deletion.
  7. Choose the Instagram account you want to delete.
  8. Make sure Delete account is selected and tap Continue.
  9. Specify your reason for deactivating the account and tap Continue.
  10. Follow the prompts and continue until you reach the confirmation to Delete account.

Keep in mind that after initiating the deletion process, you have 30 days to reactivate your account. During this period, your account will remain invisible to others. However, if 30 days pass without reactivating, your account will be permanently gone.

By following the aforementioned steps, you can confidently delete or disable your Instagram account. Remember, the decision is ultimately yours, and you can always return to the world of Instagram if you change your mind. Happy account management!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What happens to my data when I delete my Instagram account?

A: When you deactivate your Instagram account, your data becomes hidden from the public. If you choose to delete your account, your data isn’t immediately erased. Instead, it remains stored for 30 days. Instagram claims that the deletion process can sometimes take up to 90 days, but reactivation is only possible within the initial 30-day period.

Q: Does Instagram retain any data after I delete my account?

A: Instagram might retain certain information even after you delete your account. This can include data such as usage habits, network activity, communication logs, purchase details, and device information.

Q: Can I delete my account directly from the Instagram app?

A: Yes, you have the option to delete your Instagram account from the website, Android app, or iOS app.

Q: Is it now possible to delete my Instagram account from the Android app?

A: Yes, deleting your Instagram account from the Android app is now possible. Previously, this process could only be performed using a browser or the iOS app.

Now that you have the necessary information, feel free to make the choice that best suits your needs. Whether you decide to take a temporary break or bid farewell to Instagram for good, remember to make an informed decision and prioritize your digital well-being.

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