How to delete an Instagram account

Delete Instagram: How to delete an Instagram account or deactivate it

Social media sites aren’t in too many people’s good books at the moment. The likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have attracted huge amounts of criticism over recent years, and quitting social media is no longer perceived as being a particularly weird thing to do, as it once was. Read on for step-by-step guidance on how to delete an Instagram account.

Studies have found that Instagram may one of the most damaging social networks for young people’s mental health, and could be driving feelings of inadequacy in users. Its infinitely scrolling photo stream is also designed to keep you on the platform for as long as possible and, thought it recently introduced a time limit tool, it’s also started allowing users to upload videos up to an hour in length, through IGTV.

Whatever your reason for deleting Instagram, there are two different ways to take your account offline.

The first is to deactivate your Instagram account, which is a temporary measure. When you deactivate your account, your profile, photos, comments and likes will all be hidden. However, when you log back in, all of that information will be restored.

The second way is to delete your Instagram account, which is a permanent measure. When you delete your account, your profile, photos, videos, comments, likes and followers will be permanently removed.

What’s more, you won’t be able to sign up again with the same username, or add the same username to another account. It’s also impossible to reactivate a deleted account.

You can find out how to download your Instagram pictures, videos and other account details further down the page.

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How to deactivate an Instagram account

To temporarily disable an Instagram account, with a view to either resurrecting it or permanently deleting it later down the line, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Instagram website and log into your account. You can’t disable an Instagram account from within the app
  • Navigate to your profile page and click ‘Edit Profile’
  • Select ‘Temporarily disable my account’ at the bottom of the page
  • Open the drop-down menu next to ‘Why are you disabling your account?’ and select one of the options
  • Re-enter your Instagram password when prompted
  • Select ‘Temporarily Disable Account’

How to delete an Instagram account

To permanently delete an Instagram account, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Instagram website and log into your account. You can’t delete an Instagram account from within the app
  • Follow this link, which takes you to the ‘Delete Your Account’ page
  • Open the drop-down menu next to ‘Why are you deleting your account?’ and choose one of the options
  • Re-enter your Instagram password when prompted
  • Select ‘Permanently delete my account’

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Instagram: Download your pictures, videos and account details

Before getting rid of your Instagram account, it’s worth taking a few moments to download a copy of everything you’ve uploaded to the site. This includes your photos, videos, comments and profile information.

To download your data, follow this link, enter your password and hit the Request Download button.

Unfortunately, it can take Instagram up to 48 hours to gather up this data and send it to you, so it requires a little more patience.

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