It isn’t as quick or simple to delete Instagram as it ought to be, whether you’ve decided to do so because you no longer require a certain finsta or because its parent company Meta is stirring up controversy yet more. It couldn’t even be done from within the Instagram app until recently.
If you want to make the required “I’m deleting Instagram” post, feel free to do so now. There are then two options available to you.
Deleting Instagram Using the iOS or Android App
Using the app is the simplest method for iPhone users to erase Instagram. To do this, go to your profile, and click Settings from the hamburger menu in the upper right corner. After that, select Account and navigate to the bottom of the menu. Under the Branded Content button, there will be a Delete Account button.
You may learn more about those other alternatives in the section of this how-to titled “Temporarily suspending your Instagram account” if you have it. If you have it, tapping on it will bring up a menu asking if you want to delete or deactivate your account.
A notice stating that you can stop the deletion process by logging back in by a specific date will appear when you click the Delete account button.
When you click the red “Continue removing account” button, the program launches a website. After responding to a question about why you’re doing so and entering your password to confirm, you can finish the deletion procedure here.
According to Apple’s policies, Instagram’s iOS app must allow you to terminate your account. The feature hasn’t always been accessible on the Android version of the app throughout our testing. If you don’t see it, you’ll need to use the web. You can check for the Delete Account option by using the previous procedures for iOS.
Deleting Instagram on The Web
If you can’t remove your account using the app, you’ll need to follow these instructions, which may be done on a computer or phone as long as you’re using a browser.
You must first visit Instagram’s specific page for requesting account deletion, which is accessible here, or by clicking the link in the support article for account deletion on Instagram. You’ll need to input your credentials if you’re not already logged into Instagram for the web (the majority of users won’t be).
In fact, it’s possible that you’ll need to enter your password twice while the file is being deleted, so you should probably review it right away.
The original Instagram logo and a dropdown box asking why you wish to deactivate your account should appear on the final page. Depending on the option you select, you can see a variety of links to Instagram’s support center that promise to solve your problems or a message that kindly advises you to double-check the account you’re deleting.
Whichever option you select, a popup asking you to reenter your password will be located below the links. When you’re finished, press or click the “Delete (your account name)” button to be certain you want to do it.
Your data won’t be instantaneously deleted, as Instagram mentions several times on the account deactivation page; Meta will retain it for 30 days. Your posts and profile, however, won’t be visible to other users.
Don’t forget to uninstall Instagram from your phone if you’re ending your relationship totally. By doing this, you will be able to save a little space and reduce the likelihood that you will sign up for the service again.
How to Un-Delete Your Instagram Account
Be advised that if it has been more than 30 days since you asked Instagram to delete your account, you won’t be able to restore it. You will need to establish a new account because your old one will be erased and your username might already have been taken.
However, you can get your account back and all of its posts and direct messages if you still have 30 days left on your subscription. Simply return to Instagram and log in there to accomplish this.
You’ll get a notification stating that you asked to have your account terminated and stating the date on which your data will be lost. You only need to click the “Keep Account” option to prevent that.
Temporarily Suspending Your Instagram Account
Instead of permanently deleting all of your photographs and communications, you can suspend your account to make the account invisible to the public. Once more, Meta forces you to access Instagram via the web rather than the app, but at least you won’t need to find a link on a help page.
After signing in to Instagram.com, navigate to your profile and select Edit Profile from the menu (if using a mobile browser, swipe the settings cog to reveal the option).
The option to temporarily disable my account will be at the bottom of the page under Edit Profile. You must enter your password and choose a reason for suspending your account, just like when you delete it.
Simply log back into the app or website to reactivate your account. Your postings will be back online and available to followers if you accidentally log back into your profile because you can only suspend your account once per week.