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How to delete your Instagram account permanently, or temporarily deactivate it

Business Insider logo Business Insider 5/29/2020 insider@insider.com (Jennifer Still)
a hand holding a remote control: You can easily delete your Instagram account from a web browser if you don't want to use it anymore. Shutterstock/NARAPIROM © Shutterstock/NARAPIROM You can easily delete your Instagram account from a web browser if you don't want to use it anymore. Shutterstock/NARAPIROM
  • It's possible to delete your Instagram account, but it's important to note that deleted accounts cannot be recovered or reactivated in future. 
  • Deleted Instagram accounts permanently lose all followers, likes, comments, and posts.
  • If you think you might return to Instagram, you can choose to temporarily disable your account instead of deleting it altogether.

Instagram is one of the most popular and successful social media platforms. However, sometimes all that endless scrolling can be too much of a distraction or simply undesirable anymore, in which case, you can always delete your Instagram account. 

It should be noted that you have two options when it comes to taking an Instagram hiatus. If you believe your break is only temporary, you might choose to simply deactivate your account for a time. However, if you're sure you're leaving it behind permanently, you'll want to delete your account altogether. 

Here's how to delete your Instagram account. 

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How to delete your Instagram account 

1. On a desktop or mobile web browser, go to the Instagram website and log into your account using your username and password. You cannot delete your Instagram account via the mobile app. 

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

a screenshot of a cell phone: The account deletion page. Jennifer Still/Business Insider © Jennifer Still/Business Insider The account deletion page. Jennifer Still/Business Insider

3. From the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen. Choose your reason for deleting your account. Choices range from "Too busy/too distracting" to "Concerned about my data." If none of the options are correct or you simply prefer not to give a reason, you can select "Something else." 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Select the reason for deleting your Instagram account. Jennifer Still/Business Insider © Jennifer Still/Business Insider Select the reason for deleting your Instagram account. Jennifer Still/Business Insider

4. Once you've chosen your reason for deleting, click "Permanently delete my account." 

If you simply want to disable your account, you can do so by logging into your Instagram account on the web, opening your profile, clicking "Edit profile" on your page, and selecting "Temporarily disable my account" on the subsequent page. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: You can temporarily deactivate your account instead of deleting it. Jennifer Still/Business Insider © Jennifer Still/Business Insider You can temporarily deactivate your account instead of deleting it. Jennifer Still/Business Insider

You'll also need to give your reasoning for disabling your account here and confirm your choice. To reactivate your account in future, simply log in with your username and password as normal.

 

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