How to delete an Instagram account

With our guide detailing how to delete Instagram accounts, you can deactivate your profile if you decide you're done with the social media platform.

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So, you want to know how to delete Instagram accounts? Social media is great, you get to connect with family and friends while also meeting new people, and Instagram, in particular, allows you to share highlights from your life in the form of photo posts. However, you might decide it’s not the platform for you and therefore want to delete your account: here’s our simple guide to taking back your privacy.

If you’re having the opposite problem and would like to sign up for the social media platform, you can use our Instagram download guide to help you out. Or, if you want to listen to some tunes instead, our YouTube Music download and Spotify download content make for a great read.

Anyway, onto how to delete an Instagram account.

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How do I delete an Instagram account?

If you want to delete Instagram via a desktop or mobile browser, you need to:

  1. Go to Instagram’s delete your account page
  2. Log in
  3. Select a reason for deactivating your account from the dropdown menu
  4. Re-enter you password
  5. Hit the delete button

If you want to delete Instagram via the app on iOS, you need to:

  1. Hit your profile picture
  2. Tap the menu button in the top right
  3. Hit settings
  4. Go to account
  5. Tap delete account
  6. Select a reason why
  7. Hit delete account, then press ok

How do I reactivate my Instagram account?

If you have a sudden change of tune after using our how to delete Instagram accounts guide, check out the following steps to reactive your account:

  1. Go to the Instagram log-in page
  2. Input the email/username and password for the account you want to reactivate
  3. Hit log-in
  4. Accept any new terms of use

There you have it, everything you need to know in order to delete Instagram. To remove yourself further from social media, check out our guides on how to delete Snapchat accounts, how to delete Facebook accounts, and how to delete Twitter accounts.