Deactivate Your Instagram Account In 4 Easy Steps

Instagram isn’t for everyone. In fact, you might be longing for a little break from the social media site. In this article, we’ll take you through the 4 simple steps so you can deactivate your Instagram account.

What Deactivating Your Instagram Account Means

Perhaps you are spending too much time on social media and simply logging out isn’t enough to deter you from scrolling your feed. Maybe you don’t have time for Instagram at the moment. Or, suppose Instagram simply isn’t for you. Well, deactivate your Instagram as a great solution to any of these problems.

Instead of deleting your account, deactivating it simply means it disappears until you are ready to accept it back into your life whether that’s one day or one year later.

If you delete your Instagram account, it’s gone forever. Unless you know some magic wizard who works for Instagram.

But, if you deactivate your Instagram account, it still exists.

If you’re a bit indecisive, this is a good trial run to see if you can survive without Instagram. (Don’t worry, we can’t either!)

When you deactivate your Instagram account, your profile, photos, comments, likes, videos and messages will all be hidden. However, when you reactive it, all of that will return the same as it was before.

How To Deactivate Your Instagram Account

We’ll take you through 4 simple steps so you can deactivate your Instagram account.

Recent studies have shown that Instagram can, in fact, be very damaging to mental health. Taking a break from Instagram is never a bad idea. Especially since the infinite scrolling can really eat into your free time!

So, just how can you deactivate your Instagram account?

1. Log On

First, you need to log on to from a mobile browser or computer. You cannot deactivate your Instagram account from the app.

Instagram Home Page To Deactivate Your Instagram Account

You will be directed to a page that looks like this, as pictured.

2. Access And Edit Your Profile

Next, click the person icon in the top right corner.

Profile Button From Instagram Home

This will take you to your personal Instagram profile.

bethsbookshelf profile

From there, click ‘Edit Profile’ which is in the box next to your username.

3. Temporary Disable Your Instagram Account

Finally, it’s time to deactivate your Instagram account. Yes, scary! But don’t worry. Remember, it’s only temporary.

Scroll down until you see the option to ‘Temporary Disable Your Instagram Account’ in the bottom right. In fact, it’s in bold blue lettering.

Instagram Edit Profile Settings

Click ‘Temporarily disable my account’.

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4. Explain Why

Next, Instagram will ask you for reasons as to why you want to deactivate your Instagram account.

Simply select an option from the drop-down menu. There are a lot of options so we’re sure that your reason will be listed! However, if it’s not, you can choose ‘something else’ and leave it at that.

Drop Down Menu Options For Deactivating Instagram Account

Once you’ve entered your password, the ‘Temporarily Disable Account’ button will be available to click.

Certainly, your account is now deactivated.

To reactivate it, wait one full day and then log back in. Surely, you’ll want to wait a bit longer than 24 hours if you did deactivate your Instagram account but you never know. You might miss it too much!

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In conclusion, deactivating your Instagram account is fast, simple and great if you aren’t sure you want to commit to the scary delete. After all, Instagram is an original and fun app for photo and video sharing amongst friends and fellow enthusiasts! So, if you aren’t sure whether or not you want to remain on Instagram, follow these 4 steps to deactivate your Instagram account for a temporary time.


By Beth McCallum

I'm Beth, a Scottish writer and bookworm. I'm currently agent hunting for my debut novel while running a candle business from my home. I obsess over dogs, Hamilton, chai lattes and recently, Harry Potter. I know, I'm decades late.

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