Considering leaving Instagram behind? Our step-by-step guide is here to help. From activation through to permanent deletion, this process should be straightforward and hassle free – plus there’s even FAQs included to address any concerns during the process!
Instagram is unquestionably one of the most beloved social media platforms, yet deleting it permanently might be necessary if you want to simplify your digital life or focus on other aspects of life. Keep reading to find out how.
Before You Delete Your Instagram Account
- Back up your data: Before permanently deleting your account, it may be wise to request a backup of all of its data. Visit Instagram’s data download page and request copies of your photos, videos, comments and more.
- Consider deactivating instead: If you’re unsure whether permanently deleting your account is best, temporarily disable it might be an alternative solution. This will hide all of your profile, photos, comments and likes until reactivation can take place by logging in again.
How To Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account: Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: Log in to your account
You cannot delete your Instagram account from within the app. Instead, visit the Instagram Delete Your Account page from a web browser on your computer or mobile device.
Step 2: Select a reason for deleting your account
Instagram will ask why you’re deleting your account, select an option from its drop-down list for a viable reason.
Step 3: Re-enter your password
To confirm your decision, it will be necessary for you to re-enter your Instagram password.
Step 4: Click “Permanently delete my account”
Once you’ve entered your password again, click on the red “Permanently delete my account” button. This will delete your entire account – photos, videos, comments and followers alike.
Note: That once your account has been deleted, there is no way of recreating or recovering it using its original username.
How long does it take for my Instagram account to be permanently deleted?
After clicking “Permanently delete My Account”, your account will be immediately deleted, although some data could take up to 90 days for complete removal from Instagram’s servers.
Can I delete my Instagram account and create a new one with the same username?
No, once you delete your account, the username is not available for use again.
Can I delete my Instagram account from the app?
No, you can only delete your account from a web browser. You cannot delete your account from within the app.
What happens to my messages after deleting my Instagram account?
Once your account has been deleted, all messages sent and received by you will be erased from your account.
Can I temporarily disable my account instead of permanently deleting it?
Yes, you can temporarily disable your account. This will hide your profile, photos, comments, and likes until you reactivate it by