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How to delete your Instagram account

Why delete your Instagram account?

Sometimes it is necessary to take a break from social networks. This is something personal and each person is different for it. There are many for whom some social network has brought so much trouble that they just want to delete it and forget about it, others are looking for a permanent break. Whatever your reason, let’s see how to delete your Instagram account and the consequences it has. Also, if you dare and want to also delete the one from Facebook, follow the steps in this other guide.

In a previous guide we saw how to upload images to Instagram from your computer. You can take a look at it in case you change your mind and decide not to delete the account, before continuing.

For this guide we have created a profile from scratch to be able to show the entire process and not leave it halfway, so that step by step the instructions can be followed well. The first thing we must keep in mind is that we have to perform this process using a web browsersince it does not seem to be possible from the application.

Alternatives to deleting your Instagram account: Deactivate or restrict your account

To start, We go to the website and log in to the Instagram account that we want to delete. We click on our icon (which in this case does not exist, since I have not put one) and we go to configuration.

Deleting an Instagram account It is an irreversible processhence We will not be able to recover anything once it is deleted. This involves uploaded stories, profile images, publications, friends, messages… nothing at all, so the first thing Instagram suggests is that we temporarily deactivate the account.

To the deactivate an Instagram account, instead of deleting it, it will remain in sleep mode indefinitely, until we manually activate it again. No one will be able to contact us on Instagram and we can’t even log into the account, so that may be what you’re looking for.

There are other options to take a break from Instagram for a while, such as removing all the notifications that reach our mobile.

Or, make the account private so that outsiders do not contact us and we have more control over who can see our account.

If what you are looking for is really permanently delete the Instagram accountwe recommend that Before continuing, download your data. Who knows if you might miss them in the future. This option is found in Privacy and security, going down to the bottom of the screen.

It will ask us for a few confirmations and Instagram will be asked to collect your data to send it to your email.

Once the process is finished, They will send you everything in your account to your email within 48 hours.

Permanently delete your Instagram account step by step

Now we can proceed to completely delete Instagram. We go step by step.

  1. To do this, we return to the first step, in which we select Settings from our icon on the main screen. We click on the same thing as before, temporarily deactivate my account.
  2. Now we look at the link that that page has, we will see that it is the following

    https://www.instagram.com/accounts/remove/request/temporary/

  3. The only thing we have to do is change the last word and go to the new link:

    https://www.instagram.com/accounts/remove/confirmed/permanent/

  4. We see that the word “temporary” is changed to “permanent”. With this, the appearance of the website will be as follows:

  5. We can choose any of the options. Basically, when choosing an option, Instagram will suggest you take other actions instead of deleting the account. Each of the options has different suggestions, so if you really want to delete it, select the one and ignore the instructions.

  6. You will have to enter your password again and then click the Delete button at the bottom. Once you do it, you will see that a new window appears where it gives you interesting information.

It turns out that You cannot delete an Instagram account instantly, but a month must pass until the deletion becomes effective. This means that whatever you do, It will take a month until your Instagram account is completely deleted.

This process, furthermore, can be canceled if requested before the indicated date. This is done for security, in case someone enters your account and tries to delete it suddenly, so you will have a margin of time to recover it in case that is the case. It is a different process than recovering the Instagram password, for which we have another explicit guide.

It is also true that many of the people who carry out this process may later regret it and try to recover their valuable account, this way they will have a month of margin in case they want to turn back.

Anyway, During this month no one will be able to contact you and you will not appear in any search.

Disappear from Instagram instantly

In summary, in this small guide we have seen how to delete the Instagram account permanently, as well as the consequences it has and the process to follow. We have also given alternatives in case what you want is to take a break from this social network. Whatever your case, with this guide you should have access to what you would like to do.

Deleting the account is a simple process, but it takes a month until it is completely deleted, so it cannot be deleted and disappear from the social network from one day to the next. If that’s what you’re looking for, We suggest you delete all your posts, stories, profile photos, followed, following, and everything you can so that there is no trace of you from one day to the next. Additionally, you must set your account to private and prevent outsiders from contacting you. It is a heavier process, but also more effective, and you can disappear from Instagram from one day to the next.

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