A Quick Guide On How To Delete Instagram Easily

If you’ve ever tried to delete your Instagram account, then you know exactly how difficult it is. But when you log in and go to press delete, don’t be surprised if at first, you don’t succeed. Trying to delete an Instagram account can feel like trying to crack a secret code, but it doesn’t have to. Read on to find out how to permanently delete your Instagram account.

Why You Should Delete Your Instagram Account

You might need to delete the sleeper account you made to stalk your crush. Or you might just have fatigue from all the pictures of latte art.

Instagram can be consuming and addictive. It can eat up hours of your time, and get you way too obsessed with having the latest thing, or the prettiest vacation. Instagram can make you think pictures are more important than life.

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And Why You Shouldn’t….

Instagram fatigue comes down to how you’re using Instagram. If your main interest is books and the publishing industry, but you exclusively follow celebrity gossip bloggers, you probably won’t enjoy your Instagram feed.

Instagram is a place that connects creative minds. It allows like-minded people across the world to find each other and share their lives. Deleting your Instagram account could give you more time – but it could also mean you miss out on valuable relationships and inspiration.

We live in a voyeuristic society. We hear lots of arguments about turning off the camera and living in the moment. But you can absolutely live in the moment AND take a picture. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Ellen's Celeb-filled Oscars selfie

Instagram gives you the chance to share these moments with people around the globe.

Consider the Alternatives

Everybody needs a break sometimes. If you need to focus and Instagram is too addicting, give Instagram’s temporary disable feature a shot. You’ll be locked out of your account for a minimum of 24 hours. Then, you simply log back in to reactivate.

Re-curating your feed to reflect your interests may be exactly what you need to pull you out of your Instagram slump. That may mean unfollowing everybody from high school. Replace those sources with things that you’re actually interested in.

A snapshot of a curated travel account.

A travel blogger probably wants to follow like-minded travel accounts. An aspiring fashion influencer, other fashion influencer and brand accounts. Check a hashtag to find who’s posting, and what’s interesting there.

An Instagram feed makeover may cure you of the urge to delete your Instagram account.

How to Decide Whether to Delete Your Instagram Account

Sleeper accounts notwithstanding, deleting an Instagram account is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Once you delete your Instagram account, you lose access to both that account and username forever. Instagram wasn’t kidding when they used the word permanent.

Deleted accounts cannot be reactivated. If you’re at all wavering on your decision, it’s a much better idea to stick to temporary disable. But if you’re adamant in your decision, read on.

While the steps to deletion are fairly straightforward, Instagram doesn’t make them easy to understand. Deleting an Instagram account can feel like searching for sunken treasure. We hope this guide helps you to find x on the map.

No Phone Zone

If you want to delete your Instagram account, the first necessary step is to go against your intuition.

Instagram is a mobile app. Most Instagram users would assume that to delete an Instagram account, the logical way to do so would be via the mobile app. However, the opposite is true. You cannot delete your Instagram account from within the app.

Instead, deleting requires you to turn to the old school method of using a laptop or desktop computer. If you try to delete within the app, you will find yourself very confused and standing in front of a metaphorical brick wall as you arrive at “Temporarily Disable” over and over again.

Instagram Web Login

Instagram’s own website does have a dedicated “Delete Your Account” page. While the page is noticeably cryptic, they’ve taken the time to clear that one up. There is no deleting of an Instagram account without web login.

I hope you saved your password.

How To Delete Your Instagram Account (Not From Your Phone)

Once you’re past your password resets, you need to log into Instagram through your laptop. While it may seem straightforward on Instragram’s instructions, it’s actually quite difficult to locate the page.

Once you’re in Instagram web, don’t bother searching for the “Delete Your Account” button. You must go directly to the “Delete Your Account” page. You can access the page only by clicking the following link.

Reconsider Before You Delete Your Instagram Account

Once you arrive at the delete page, the app urges you to reconsider. Perhaps the temporarily disable feature is better for you. 

If you’re truly confident in your decision to delete your Instagram account, press that button. The app will ask you to select a reason for leaving. Reasons include but are not limited to “Too Many Ads”, “Too Busy/Too Distracting,” or “Concerned about my data.”

The drop down menu displaying reasons to delete your Instagram account

Once you have selected your reason, press delete, and relish in your disappearance.

Say Goodbye

Deleting an Instagram account is a permanent decision. Instagram holds lots of possibilities, and the reasons you want to delete may be easily fixed.  

Consider purging your feed of uninteresting content. Take a break with temporary disable if you need to focus. Deletion should be only for the most severe cases.

But if you’re determined to delete your Instagram account, be wary of Instagram’s requirements. They hate to see you go.

By Victoria Hendersen

Victoria is an American expatriate currently based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, she lived in Bordeaux, France before relocation to Russia's cultural capital. Victoria holds a BFA in Film and Media Studies from UC Irvine.

She works as a copywriter and translator. An experienced travel blogger and vlogger, her main drive in life is discovering the jewels of lesser traveled cities. You can keep up with her travels on Instagram at @village_witch.

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