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How to delete Threads

Meta’s new text-based social media platform Threads hasn’t been available for long but some users are already looking to delete their Threads accounts – and quickly discovering that they can’t.

For whatever reason, Instagram has made it impossible to permanently delete a Threads account without also deleting the Instagram account connected to that profile. While deleting both is certainly an option if you want your Threads account gone for good, there’s actually another way to close a Threads account without losing years of Instagram posts.

Deactivating your account will hide your profile, posts and interactions with other users’ posts, all of which will return if you choose to reactivate your account later down the line.

Keep reading to learn how to deactivate your Threads account in six easy steps, or scroll down to the Troubleshooting section of this guide for tips on how to delete Threads (and your Instagram account) permanently.

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What you’ll need: 

  • An iOS or Android device 
  • The Threads app 

The Short Version 

  1. Open Threads
  2. Tap the profile icon in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap the two lines in the top right corner
  4. Choose Account
  5. Select Deactivate Profile
  6. Tap Deactivate Threads Profile

How to delete Threads

  1. Step

    Open Threads

    This will take you to the app’s home page. How to delete Threads

  2. Step

    Tap the profile icon

    You can find this icon in the bottom right corner. How to delete Threads

  3. Step

    Tap the two lines

    You can find this icon in the top right corner. How to delete Threads

  4. Step

    Choose Account

    This will take you to your Threads account settings. How to delete Threads

  5. Step

    Select Deactivate Profile

    Don’t tap Take A Break as this is a timer that reminds you to step away from the app after spending a certain amount of time scrolling through Threads. How to delete Threads

  6. Step

    Tap Deactivate Threads Profile

    That’s it. You’ve deactivated your Threads account. To delete it permanently, scroll down to the Troubleshooting section of this guide. How to delete Threads


How to delete a Threads account completely

It is possible to delete a Threads account permanently. However, doing so will also delete your Instagram account, so we wouldn’t recommend doing so unless you’re happy to permanently close your accounts on both platforms.

To delete your Threads account, just follow our step-by-step guide on how to delete an Instagram account.

How to reactivate Threads

To reactivate your Threads account, simply log back into your account using your Instagram username and password.

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