How to delete your Instagram account?

Have you decided to delete your Instagram account? If you don’t know how to do it, follow our guide.

That’s it, you’ve made the decision: you no longer want to be a part of Instagram’s one billion monthly active users. Whether it is because you no longer see its use, you no longer want to contribute to the success of the social network, because Instagram has become too similar to Tiktok, or simply because you have something better to do, we guide you through the steps.

Warning: deleting your account is not the same as deactivating it. Disabling your account temporarily removes your account from Instagram. Your profile is no longer visible, but it is a measure that can be canceled at any time and everything will be as before. If you choose to delete your Instagram account, everything will disappear forever from social networks and the Internet: your profile, your photos, your videos, your comments, your “likes”, etc.

If you prefer to deactivate your Instagram profile, we provide you with the necessary instructions here. If you have decided to delete it, you have come to the right article: here’s how to permanently delete your Instagram account.

How to delete your Instagram account?

Deleting your Instagram account isn’t that simple. Curiously, while most users connect to the social network via the app, directly from their phone, if you don’t have an iPhone you need to connect to a web page or go through a computer to delete their account. In fact, in the app settings, the option ” delete your account “does not appear. The manipulation is explained on the Instagram site, where there is also the link to access the “Delete your account” page.

Delete the Instagram account on Android

  • Go to the Instagram help page and click on the “Delete your account” link.
  • Once on the page, a drop-down menu offers you the possibility to choose between different reasons to explain your departure.
  • All you have to do is click “Delete”.
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Delete the Instagram account on iPhone

If you have an iPhone there is no need to go to an external web page: you can do it directly from the app.

  • Tap your profile picture at the bottom right to access your profile,
  • once there, press the icon with the three lines at the top right to go to the “Options” section,
  • Then click “Settings”,
  • go to “Account”, then, at the bottom, choose the “Delete account” option
  • tap “Delete account” again, then “Continue deleting the account”
  • a drop-down menu will appear allowing you to indicate why you want to delete your account. You have to answer this question: the button to delete your account appears only after selecting a scheme in the menu.
  • You will then need to re-enter the password and click “Delete account” one last time. Warning: the app will offer you at the last step to deactivate your account instead of deleting it, be careful when you click.
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Follow the guide // Source: Numerama screenshot
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You’re almost there // Source: Numerama screenshot

Delete the Instagram account on PC

The manipulation to be done on PC is similar to that to be done on Android.

  • Make sure you are logged into the web version of Instagram on your computer. Log in if not.
  • Go to the page “Cancel your account”. You will have to answer the question ” Why do you want to cancel your account », And choose the option that suits you best before you can perform the following steps.
  • Re-enter the password and click “Delete”.
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You will need to answer a question before deleting your Instagram account // Source: Numerama screenshot

It is important to note that your profile and account information they are not deleted immediately, but 30 days later – in the meantime, your profile will no longer be visible on Instagram. If you finally change your mind and want to keep your account, you just need to log in again before it expires and indicate that you want to keep your account.

How can I download my data before deleting my account?

If you still want to keep the photos you have published on the platform, you can save and download all your data simply, before deleting your account. Unlike deleting your account, you can do it right from your app.

How to download Instagram data from Android?

To download your data from the Instagram app on Android:

  • Go to your profile, click on the three dashes at the top right, then on “Your business”.
  • Once inside, go all the way and click on the last option, “upload your information”.
  • You can then choose the email address to which you want to receive your data, as well as the period. You will also need to choose the content you want to download and the format in which you want to receive it.
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Here’s how to upload your data to the app // Source: Numerama screenshot

How to download Instagram data from iPhone?

For once, there is no difference between the Android and iPhone versions – you have to follow exactly the same steps to download your data.

  • Go to your profile, click on the three dashes at the top right, then on “Your business”.
  • Once inside, go all the way and click on the last option, “upload your information”.
  • You can then choose the email address to which you want to receive your data, as well as the period. You will also need to choose the content you want to download and the format in which you want to receive it.

How to download Instagram data from PC?

The procedure to follow on a PC is different.

  • Click on your profile picture at the top right to access your profile, then click on “Settings”,
  • click on “Security and privacy”,
  • scroll the page to the “Download data” option, then click “Request a download”,
  • you must therefore indicate the email address to which you wish to receive your data, and choose the format in which you wish to receive them, in HTML or JSON.
  • Enter your password again, then click “Request Download”.

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