How do you delete your Instagram account?

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

That’s it, you’ve made the decision: you no longer want to be part of Instagram’s billion monthly active users. Whether it’s because you don’t see the point anymore, you no longer want to contribute to the success of the social network, because Instagram has become too much like Tiktok, or simply because you have better things to do, we guide you through the steps.

Warning: Deleting your account is not the same as deactivating it. Disabling your account will temporarily remove your account from Instagram. Your profile will no longer be visible, but it is a measure that can be undone at any time – and then everything will go back to the way it was. If you choose to delete your Instagram account, everything will disappear from the social network and the Internet for good: your profile, your photos, your videos, your comments, your “likes”, etc.

If you prefer to deactivate your Instagram profile, we’ll give you the necessary instructions here. If you’ve made the decision to delete it, then you’ve come to the right article: here’s how to delete your Instagram account for good.

How do you delete your Instagram account?

Deleting your Instagram account is not that easy. Oddly enough, while the majority of users connect to the social network through the app directly from their phone, if you don’t have an iPhone, it’s necessary to connect to a web page or through a computer to delete the account. Indeed, in the app settings the option is ” 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 Instagram Account on Android

  • Go to Instagram’s help page and click the ‘Delete your account’ link.
  • Once on the page, a drop-down menu gives you the choice between several reasons to explain your departure.
  • All you have to do is click “Delete”.
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Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you don’t have to go to an external web page: you can do this directly from the app.

  • Tap your profile picture at the bottom right to go to your profile,
  • once there, press the three lines icon at the top right to go to the “Option” section,
  • Then click on “Settings”,
  • go to “Account”, then choose the option “Delete account” at the bottom
  • tap “Delete Account” again and then “Continue Deleting Account”
  • a drop-down menu will appear where you can indicate why you want to delete your account. You have to answer this question: the button to delete your account will not appear until you have selected a pattern in the menu.
  • You will then need to re-enter your 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 clicking.
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Follow the guide // Source: Numerama screenshot
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You’re almost there // Source: Numerama screenshot

Delete Instagram account on PC

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

  • Make sure you’re signed in to the web version of Instagram on your computer. Log in if not.
  • Go to the page “Delete your account”. You must answer the question ” Why do you want to delete your account? », and choose the option that best suits your needs before performing the following steps.
  • Enter your password again and click “Delete”.
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You must answer a question before deleting your Instagram account // Source: Numerama screenshot

It is important to note that your profile and account information will not be deleted immediately, but 30 days later – in the meantime, your profile will no longer be visible on Instagram. If you eventually change your mind and want to keep your account, all you have to do is log in again before the deadline and indicate that you want to keep your account.

How do I download my data before deleting my account?

If you still want to keep the photos you have published on the platform, it is possible to easily save and download all your data 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 small lines at the top right and then on “Your activity”.
  • Once inside, go all the way down and click on the last option, “upload your information”.
  • You can then choose the e-mail address at which you want to receive your data, as well as the term. You also need to choose the content you want to download and the format in which you want to receive it.
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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 small lines at the top right and then on “Your activity”.
  • Once inside, go all the way down and click on the last option, “upload your information”.
  • You can then choose the e-mail address at which you want to receive your data, as well as the term. You 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 PC is different.

  • Click on your profile picture at the top right to access your profile, then click on “Settings”,
  • click on “Security & Privacy”,
  • scroll down the page to the “Download data” option, then click “Request a download”,
  • you must then indicate the email address where you want to receive your data and choose the format in which you want to receive it, in HTML or in JSON.
  • Re-enter your password and then click “Request Download”.

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