How to Delete Your Instagram Account: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever wanted to delete your Instagram account? Maybe you're not into Instagram anymore. Or you may want to take a break from social media for a bit. Or maybe you've realized that Instagram makes you feel bad about yourself and want out. Whatever the reason, this guide on how to delete Instagram account is for you.

You've probably noticed a lot of your friends posting about how they're deleting their Instagram accounts. They'll say things like, "I'm done with this platform" or "I just can't deal with it anymore." If you've been thinking about deleting your Instagram account, we want to help you do it in the best way possible.

We know that Instagram can be fun and inspiring, but sometimes it can be hard to separate ourselves from social media—and that's okay! We're here for you as you figure out what's best for your mental health.

Let's get started on how to delete Instagram account.

You can delete your Instagram account at any time. Deleting your account will permanently remove all of your photos and videos from Instagram, and it will also remove any tags on other people's posts that are associated with you. Deleting your account won't affect any of your other social media profiles or pages. Once you've deleted your account, there's no going back—so be sure that's what you want before proceeding.

If you're ready to say goodbye to Instagram, follow these steps

Step 1. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of your screen, and then select "Settings."

Step 2. Scroll down and select "Account."

Step 3. Select "Deactivate Your Account," then click "Continue" at the bottom of the page. You will need to fill your password again before proceeding to step 4.

Step 4. Read through the information on this page and check the box next to "I understand…," then click "Deactivate" at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation message after your account has been successfully deleted.


1. What happens when I delete my Instagram account?

You'll no longer log into your Instagram app, but anyone who has saved your photos can still see them in their feeds. Your photos will still exist on the website and other platforms (like Facebook). Therefore, if you want to remove all traces of yourself from the internet, you'll need to make sure you've deleted any posts from these other sites too.

2. Will I lose all my photos if I delete my account?

No—you can download a backup of all your photos from your Settings page before deleting your account. If you're worried about losing content, we recommend downloading it as soon as possible.

3. How do I know if someone has unfollowed me?

You'll see an alert on the top left corner of the app when someone unfollows you, but this doesn't happen immediately. It usually takes at least 24 hours for Instagram to detect that someone has unfollowed you, although it can sometimes take longer than that.

4. How long does it take for my Instagram account to disappear?

It depends on how many followers you have. If you have more than 7500 followers, it will take up to a week for your account to be deleted entirely from Instagram's servers. If you have less than 7500 followers, your account should only take about an hour to disappear.


It's not easy to delete your Instagram account, but it is possible. Follow the steps in this guide on how to delete Instagram account to ensure that your account gets deleted safely without leaving any traces behind. If you need any help, just leave us a comment below, and we'll try to solve for you!

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