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How to delete your Instagram account

These days we share a lot of personal information with social networks. As the Facebook scandal has taught us, sometimes a bit too much information. While deleting yourself from all your social networks is a bit extreme, we understand that for some this might seem like the simplest solution to protecting your privacy.

If you really want to leave behind your social accounts, we’re here to help you go through the process of deleting your Instagram account. For those that are taking this step, you might also want to check out our guide to deleting Facebook accounts as well.

It’s not too complicated to get rid of your Instagram profile, but there are some things worth noting. First, there are two options for making your Instagram account disappear: You can delete it temporarily or permanently. The main difference is that deleting it permanently will erase all your photos and videos. Suspending it will simply make your data invisible, but all your content will be there when you decide to come back.

Ready? Let’s take you through the steps for each method.

How to temporarily disable an Instagram account:

  1. Use a browser to go to Instagram.com (you can’t do it from the application).
  2. Log in.
  3. Click on the profile button in the top-right corner.
  4. Next to your profile picture and user name, select “Edit Profile”.
  5. Scroll down and select the “Temporarily disable my account” link.
  6. Select a reason why you are disabling your account.
  7. Re-enter your password.
  8. Click on the button that says “Temporarily Disable Account”.
  9. To reactivate the account, simply log back into it.

How to delete an Instagram account (permanently)

  1. From a browser, go to Instagram’s dedicated page for deleting accounts.
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be asked to do so.
  3. Select your reason for deleting the account.
  4. Re-enter your password.
  5. Select the red button stating: “Permanently delete my account”.
  6. Your account is now gone.

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Wrapping up

There you have it, guys. If you have made the choice to step out of the Instagram world, these are all the steps you need to follow to take care of business.

If and when you do come back, don’t forget to follow Android Authority on Instagram!

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