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How to delete your Instagram account

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  • You can delete your Instagram account on the account deletion page on desktop or mobile browser.
  • You can also delete your Instagram account on iOS using the mobile app.
  • To take a short break from Instagram, you can temporarily deactivate your account.

Instagram is one of the most popular and addictive social media sites. If you want to tone down your Instagram habits, you can always delete or deactivate your Instagram account.

The difference between the two is that deleting your Instagram account is permanent while deactivation is temporary and you can log back in later.

To delete or deactivate your Instagram account, you can use a web browser on desktop and mobile. iPhone users can even delete their account using the Instagram app.

Here’s how.

How to Delete Your Instagram on Desktop

1. On a desktop web browser, go to instagram.com and sign in to your account.

2. Once logged in, go to the Instagram account deletion page.

3. Click it scrolling menu in the right panel of the screen and choose the reason for deleting your account.

The account deletion page on Instagram, with the drop-down menu in the right panel highlighted.

Tell Instagram why you are deleting your account.

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4. Enter your password again in the text box that appears below, then click the Wipe off [Account Name] button next.

Account deletion page on Instagram desktop website, with password text box and button

Enter your password again, then click the “Delete” button.

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Instagram will let you know that it will take a month for your data to be completely erased. Until then, your account will simply be hidden from public view.

How to Delete Instagram on iOS

1. Open the Instagram app on your iOS device.

2. Press the profile picture icon in the lower right corner of the screen and select Settings in the menu.

3. Faucet After – the three horizontal lines – in the upper right corner of the screen and select Settings in the menu.

The menu

Select “Settings” from the “Mode” menu of the Instagram iOS app.

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4. Faucet Account.

5. Scroll down and tap Delete account.

The Instagram account settings page, with the option

Tap “Delete Account”.

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6. Faucet Delete account Again.

seven. Confirm your decision by pressing Continue to delete account.

8. The Instagram app will then load the mobile version of the account deletion page. Press the scrolling menu and select the reason for deleting your Instagram account.

9. Enter your Instagram password again in the text box that appears below, then tap the Wipe off [Account name] button next.

How to Delete Instagram on Android

1. In your Android device’s mobile browser, go to instagram.com and log in to your account.

2. Go to the Instagram account deletion page once you have logged in.

3. Press the scrolling menu and select the reason for deleting your Instagram account.

The account deletion page on Instagram's mobile website, with the drop-down menu highlighted.

Select the reason for deleting your Instagram account from the drop-down menu.

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4. Enter your Instagram password again in the text box that appears below, then tap the Wipe off [Account Name] button next.

Account deletion page on Instagram mobile website, with password text box and button

Enter your Instagram password again and press the “Delete” button.

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How to Temporarily Disable Your Instagram Account

If you just need a short break from Instagram, you can temporarily deactivate your account instead. This hides it from public view, but allows you to restore it whenever you want.

1. Log into your Instagram account on a web browser, go to your profile page, and click the Edit profile top button.

The profile page on Instagram, with the button

Click “Edit Profile”.

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2. At the bottom of the page that opens, click the Temporarily deactivate my account link.

The page

Click on “Temporarily deactivate my account” at the bottom of this page.

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3. Select the reason why you are deactivating your account and re-enter your password.

4. Click it Temporarily disable account button.

The page

Click on the “Temporarily deactivate account” button.

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To reactivate your account in the future, simply log back into the Instagram app with your username and password.



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