How to delete your Instagram account permanently or deactivate it temporarily

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How to delete your Instagram account permanently or deactivate it temporarily
You can easily delete your Instagram account from a web browser if you don't want to use it anymore.Shutterstock/NARAPIROM
  • You can delete your Instagram account permanently from the account deletion page.
  • If you think you might want to recover your Instagram account later, you can also deactivate it temporarily.
  • To delete or deactivate your Instagram account, you'll need to use a web browser, not the app.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media sites around — and one of the most addicting. If you want to tone down your Instagram habits, you can always delete or deactivate your Instagram account.

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The difference between the two options is that deleting your Instagram account is permanent, while deactivating is temporary and lets you get your account back later.

To delete or deactivate your Instagram account, you'll need to use a desktop web browser or the web browser on your smartphone. You can't do it through the mobile app.

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Here's how to do both.

Quick tip: Once you've deleted or deactivated your Instagram account, you'll probably want to delete the app off of your phone too. Check out our guides on how to delete apps on an iPhone or Android device to do it.

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How to delete your Instagram account permanently

1. On a desktop or mobile web browser, go to the Instagram website and log into your account using your username and password.

2. Once logged in, go to the account deletion page.

3. From the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, choose the reason that you're deleting your account.

4. Once you've chosen your reason for deleting, you'll be asked to re-enter your password. Do so, and then click the blue Delete [Account Name] button.

Instagram notes that it'll take a month for your data to be fully erased. Until then, your account will just be hidden from public view.

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How to deactivate your Instagram account temporarily

If you think you want to recover your Instagram account later, you should disable it temporarily. This hides it from public view, but lets you restore it whenever you like.

1. Log into your Instagram account on the web and go to your profile page, then click Edit profile at the top of the page.

2. At the bottom of the page that opens, select Temporarily disable my account.

How to delete your Instagram account permanently or deactivate it temporarily
The option to disable your account will be at the bottom of the page.William Antonelli/Insider

3. Select a reason that you're disabling your account and re-enter your password.

4. Click Temporarily Disable Account.

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How to delete your Instagram account permanently or deactivate it temporarily
Give a reason and your password.William Antonelli/Insider

To reactivate your account in the future, simply log back into the Instagram app with your username and password.

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