Consider canceling your Instagram account if you’re becoming weary with the social media platform. You have two options with Instagram: You can learn how to deactivate your account, or you may remove it entirely. We’ll examine both alternatives so you can decide whether you’d prefer take a break from Instagram or sever relations with it permanently. Caution is advised, as canceling your Instagram account permanently deletes all of your material, which cannot be recovered.
Disable your Instagram account temporarily.
By temporarily deactivating your Instagram account, your photographs, videos, comments, and likes will be removed, along with your profile (until you reactivate it). Disabling your account is the optimal approach to take a break from Instagram. If this is your primary reason for deactivating your account, muting a select pals is another option to explore.
Note: The instructions below only apply to Instagram accounts that do not utilize a Facebook login. If you wish to deactivate your Instagram account but it is linked to your Facebook account, you must first disconnect your Facebook account from Instagram and then reset your Instagram password. To effectively complete this task, you must have access to the email address connected with your Instagram account. Once your Facebook account is disconnected from your Instagram account and you have reset your Instagram password, you can temporarily disable Instagram using the steps below.
Here are the steps to delete your Instagram account:
- Visit Instagram.com using a web browser as the first step.
- If you are not currently signed into Instagram, log in.
- Select the Profile option by clicking on your profile photo icon in the upper-right area.
- Click the Edit profile button at the top of the page.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Deactivate my account temporarily.
- The Instagram account deactivation option on the desktop website.
- Instagram will ask you why you’re canceling your account in Step 5.
- Choose an explanation from the drop-down menu, then enter your password.
Deactivating Instagram desktop online account.
- Click Temporarily disable account to finish the procedure. Select Yes then to confirm.
- Your Instagram account has been deactivated temporarily. To reactivate your Instagram account, simply log in to the website.
- Step 7: The preceding procedures are applicable to anyone with a PC, an internet connection, and a web browser.
The Instagram mobile app allows users to deactivate their accounts, although this feature is presently exclusive to iOS users. If you are an iOS user, you can disable your Instagram account using the mobile app by following the steps below.
Choose your Profile photo > Three vertical lines Icon of the menu > Settings > Account > Deactivate account
Then, respond to the shown prompts. Then choose Deactivate account temporarily.
Delete Your Instagram Account Permanently
If you are certain that you will never return to Instagram, you can completely deactivate your account. Noting that canceling your account will delete your profile, images, videos, comments, likes, and followers is essential. Once the procedure has been finished, it is impossible to retrieve them. Additionally, you will not be allowed to reuse the same username if it is taken by a new user before you decide to join up again.
Follow these steps if you are sure you want to delete your account:
- Visit the Instagram Account Deletion page. If you are not currently signed into Instagram, log in.
- Choose an item from the drop-down menu next to Why do you wish to remove [your username]?
- To confirm, enter your Instagram password.
- Click Delete [Your Username] in the fourth step.
By completing the steps outlined above, you will have filed a deletion request to Instagram. Instagram will completely erase your account and any information after 30 days. Instagram indicates that the procedure might take up to 90 days to finish.
As with deactivating an account, you may delete your Instagram account using the mobile app, but only if you have an iOS device.
Here are the steps: Select the Profile icon followed by the three horizontal lines Icon menu > Settings > Account > Cancel account > Cancel account > Continue deleting account. Then, respond to the shown prompts.
Then choose Delete [username] > OK.