How to Deactivate Your Instagram Account Permanently

All the millennials must be aware of Instagram -the most liked social networking app. It allows you to share your videos and photos for free from any device smartphone or PC. If you are unaware of the app, this is an excellent platform for not only personal use but for marketing your brand as well. There are more than 550 million active users per month on these apps. You can share your photos, videos, GIFs, etc. on your stories, and it will be visible for up to 24 hours only. Create highlights, and it will appear on the news feed or the main page of the user’s profile. This is such a secure and safe app that no unknown person can send you messages, tag you in pictures, etc. without your permission. However, you need to follow Instagram’s community guidelines to continue using your ID, or else your ID can be marked as spam, reported and blocked by the users, and eventually, Instagram will remove your account from the app.

No matter how engaging, colorful and full of information this platform is, Instagram can still be a bit overwhelming at times, which can make you think of deleting your Instagram account permanently or perhaps temporarily. The creators of Instagram application are trying to progress by making the platform a healthy space for their users by adding features to block comments from offenders, removing the like counts, etc. They have also come up with features to combat cyberbullying as well, and they provide stickers for stories to support different communities. Overall, they are continuously updating their app to make it better for their users.

If you are someone who is completely fed up with the negativity on Instagram, you can consider unfollowing the accounts before deactivating your account. And if you are adamant that deactivating the Instagram account is going to benefit your mental space, you can begin by temporarily disabling the account first, to get the hang of it. This way, you’ll be able to reactivate your account at any point.

We are going to show you the methods to a temporary deactivation of account, re-activation, and permanent disablement.

Temporarily Deactivate Your Account

Removing your account temporarily is a good option if you are planning to go back after a short period of time. This will get you a short mental break, and you’ll be able to access your account without any fuss at any time.

Remember that other users will not be able to find your account or message and mention you until you reactivate your account.

To begin with the process of temporarily deactivating your account, you will need to use the browser version of Instagram as it is not possible to do it with an Instagram app on any device.

  1. Login to your account from the browser version of Instagram.
  2. Go to your profile and click on ‘Edit Profile.’
  3. Scroll down to the end of the page, and on the bottom right side of the page, click on ‘Temporarily Disable My Account’ in blue ink.
  4. Enter the reason for disabling your account and your password. Click on ‘Temporally Disable Account.’

Your account is temporarily disabled.

Re-Activate Your Account

Reactivating your account is quite easy, and there is no additional process to it. All you have to do is, go to Instagram’s website and login to your account. You will be back at where you left.

Permanently Disable your Instagram Account

Remember that you won’t be able to use your account if you delete it permanently. You cannot access your messages, uploads, etc. from the account. To delete it,

  1. you will have to go to log in to your account on this page in the browser.
  2. Select the reason for ‘Why are you deleting your account?’
  3. Re-Enter your password to continue with the process.
  4. Click on ‘Permanently Delete My Account’ in the red box. It will delete your account permanently.

These were some of the ways to remove your account from Instagram. If you want to take a break from social media you can uninstall the app from your device rather than deleting your account temporarily or permanently. If you are having struggles with any other account holder, you can block and report them to make your online experience better.

Ryan Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Davis has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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