How to Delete Your Instagram Account Permanently

Before you act out of frustration or simply want to make the move to permanently delete your Instagram account, it is a good idea to back up your Instagram data. You can’t add it back later, but you may have valuable photos, interactions, and friends. When you delete your account, Instagram will do just that: delete your account and everything in it. All of your photos, likes, comments, and friends will be permanently removed. To save your account data, follow these steps:

How to Delete Your Instagram Account Permanently


Deactivating an Instagram Account

You can’t deactivate Instagram through the app, it has to be done on a web browser on the Instagram website. If you want to take a break from Instagram, you can deactivate your account by taking these steps:

  • On the Instagram website, log in to your account and click on the person icon to go to your profile page.
  • Select ‘Edit Profile’, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click ‘Temporarily disable my account’.
  • You will be asked ‘Why are you disabling your account?’, select a reason from the drop-down menu.
  • Re-enter your password and select ‘Temporarily disable account’.
  • Your account is now deactivated and it will be hidden from other users until you log in to it once again. NOTE: As per Instagram’s usage policy, you can only deactivate your Instagram account once a week.

Downloading Your Instagram Data

Once you've deleted your Instagram account, all of your data is gone for good - it cannot be retrieved.

Therefore, you may want to download your Instagram data before you delete your account, so you still have all the photos, videos, etc. that you have posted over time. To download a copy of your Instagram data:

  • Go to your Instagram profile and select 'Settings' (gear icon).
  • Click on the ‘Privacy & Security’ tab and click ‘Request Download’.
  • Enter the email address where you would like to receive a link to your Instagram data, followed by your password.
  • Within 48 hours you should receive an email with a link to your data, titled ‘Your Instagram Data’. ClickDownload Data’.

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