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Looking for a way to deactivate or delete your Instagram account due to privacy concerns, experiencing cyberbullying, or just taking a break from social media? Whatever the reason, in this guide you will learn all about deactivating and deleting Instagram accounts.

Instagram is a photo sharing app that is rated as the best app among all the social media sites. On Instagram, users upload photos and share them with their friends or with everyone. Additionally, users can upload a story that is basically a series of photos. These days, almost everyone is on Instagram, but there are some people who might want to take a break from social media for some reason. If you want to delete or deactivate your Instagram account, then you are in the right place to wait for it.


When deleting your Instagram account one thing to keep in mind after deleting your account is that all your photos, videos, stories will be permanently deleted. So now, let's dive into how to temporarily delete or deactivate your Instagram account.

How to permanently delete your Instagram account

Access your account on

First of all, you need to log into your account with, as you cannot delete your account from the Instagram app. Open on your mobile or on your desktop. Just enter your username and password or log in through your Facebook account.


Open Instagram Delete your account page

1. Visit the Instagram page Delete your account.


2. It will ask you for a reason to delete your Instagram account. You have to choose a reason from the drop-down menu right next to the question. You can choose between the reasons or you can choose nothing (-) which is the first option in the list.


3.After choosing a reason, some articles will be displayed that can help you find the solution to the problem that you are deleting your account for. These articles can help you resolve the issue without deleting your account. If you find it appropriate, you can click on the article and find the help that is offered in it.


Warning: Once you delete your account, you will not be able to use the same username to sign up for Instagram again. All your photos and videos will be deleted and Instagram will not be able to reactivate the deleted accounts either.

4.But if you still want to delete your account, then retype your Instagram account password and click the "Permanently delete my account" button at the bottom.

Note: If you are having trouble remembering your password, click the I forgot my password link and a link will be sent to your registered email with which you can access your account again.


With this your account and related images and videos will be permanently deleted, also your entire list of followers will be deleted and they will no longer follow you. This is how your Instagram account and all the information related to it are permanently deleted.

How to deactivate your Instagram account

Deactivating your Instagram account means that you are not deleting your account as it will only be temporarily deactivated and your profile will not be visible to anyone. However, when you want to access your account again, it will be automatically reactivated and your profile will be visible again and will function in the same way as before the deactivation.

An account can only be deactivated once in a week. To reactivate the account, just log in with the same credentials and it will be reactivated. To deactivate your Instagram temporarily follow these steps:

1.Access your account with on mobile or desktop, as you cannot temporarily deactivate the account with the Instagram application. Open in your browser and log in with your credentials or you can also log in with your Facebook account.

You have problems? Learn what to do when you forget your Instagram password or contact the Instagram Help Center directly.


2.Click on your name on the right side of the screen and then click the Edit Profile button.

Note: Or you can directly visit the temporary deactivation page of your account.


3.In the Edit my profile section, click the Temporarily deactivate my account link at the bottom of the screen.


4.Once you click the Temporarily deactivate my account link, it will ask you for a reason to deactivate your account. Select a reason from the drop-down menu.

5.Now retype the password for your Instagram account and click the Temporarily disable account button. And your Instagram account will be deactivated.

Note: If you have forgotten your password, click on "I forgot my password" and an access link will be sent to your registered email.


Reactivate your Instagram account

If you have recently deactivated your Instagram account and want to reactivate it, you can easily do so. To reactivate your Instagram account, just go to and log in with the credentials of your Instagram account that you were using before deactivating the account. It's that simple to reactivate your account. Please note that the Instagram account can only be deactivated once a week.

So, these are the steps through which you can delete your account permanently or deactivate it temporarily. But if you still have any questions about this tutorial, feel free to ask them in the comment section.

Do you want to know more about Instagram? See how to fix the inability to share photos from Instagram to Facebook.