How to delete your Instagram account

Instagram, the land of filtered selfies and curated travel snaps, can be a double-edged sword. While it connects us and fuels creativity, it can also drain our time and impact our mental well-being. So, if you’re feeling ready to step off the ‘gram, here’s a comprehensive guide to deleting your account.

Before you hit delete:

  • Download your data: Want to keep those Insta memories? Download your photos, videos, comments, and more by requesting your Instagram data. Head to Settings > Security > Download Data and wait for the email with your archive.
  • Consider deactivating vs. deleting: Deactivating temporarily hides your account but allows you to reactivate it later. Deleting is permanent, so be sure you’re ready to say goodbye!

Delete Your Account:

From the App:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the hamburger menu (three lines).
  2. Select “Settings” > “Account” > “Account ownership and control” > “Delete account”.
  3. Choose the account you want to delete and select “Delete account”.
  4. Pick a reason for leaving and re-enter your password.
  5. Hit “Delete [username]” and say goodbye!

From the Web:

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. Select a reason for deleting your account from the dropdown menu.
  3. Re-enter your password and click “Delete [username]”.


  • Deleted accounts can’t be recovered. Think twice before hitting that button!
  • Instagram takes up to 30 days to permanently delete your account. During this time, you can still reactivate it if you have a change of heart.
  • Once deleted, your username, profile picture, and posts will be gone forever.

Alternatives to deleting:

  • Take a break: Deactivate your account and come back when you’re ready.
  • Go private: Limit who can see your posts and control your online presence.
  • Unfollow and mute: Manage your feed and reduce social comparison.

Ultimately, the decision to delete your Instagram account is personal. Whether you’re seeking a digital detox or simply craving a simpler life, follow these steps and take control of your online experience. Remember, there’s a whole world waiting outside the ‘gram, and it might just be the perfect time to explore it.

Bonus Tips:

  • Let your close friends and followers know you’re leaving Instagram.
  • Check other apps and services connected to your Instagram account and revoke access.
  • Focus on real-world connections and activities you enjoy.

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