Since the ability to delete your Instagram account quickly is a new update, you have to first make sure that your app is up-to-date. For most people, that would occur automatically. However, you can ensure by checking Instagram on the App Store and seeing whether an update is available or not.
- Open the App Store on your iPhone.
- Search Instagram using the search bar.
- Click on the Instagram app.
- Under the name of the app, it should say “OPEN.” If this is what you see, then your app is up to date.
- If you see it say “UPDATE” instead, then you should click that.
- Once the update is finished, you are now certain that your Instagram app is up to date.
Once you have ensured that your Instagram is updated, you can proceed to open the app and actually delete your account.
- Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.
- At the bottom right of the screen, tap the Profile icon.
- Go to the menu by tapping the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines).
- Once in the menu, tap Settings.
- Once in the Settings, tap Account.
- Once in the Account, scroll down until you see “Delete Account.” Tap that.
- After tapping “Delete Account,” the app will ask you to choose between deactivating your account and deleting it. The Deactivate Account option will be automatically chosen, so you must tap the Delete Account option.
- The app will ask you to verify your decision for the final time, at which you can tap “Continue Deleting Account.”
- After that, your account will be successfully deleted.
Instagram permanently deletes accounts after 30 days. This means that you can recover your account within 30 days by simply logging into the app with your account details.
It is important to learn the effects of deleting your Instagram account before actually doing it. With your account deleted, your profile and content will cease to exist. Other people on the platform will not be able to find your account or look for your pictures.
Additionally, other account data will be deleted as well. These include all the likes and comments you have made with that account. As mentioned above, Instagram will still hold on to your data after you have deleted your account, but only up to 30 days. After the 30-day mark, Instagram will begin to delete your data, resulting in the permanent loss of some of your data.
Aside from the 30-day threshold, Instagram also notes that it can take up to 90 full days for the total deletion of a profile account. This means that retrieving an account after 30 days may still be possible, but it would likely have permanently lost some of its content.
It is important for you to consider these effects because you might want to simply deactivate your account instead if you still want to hold on to your personal data. Deactivating an account is almost like a temporary deletion, as the effects of deactivation are the same as deleting it, with the main difference of being able to reactivate the account at any time.
Before you take the plunge and delete your account, you might want to back up all your videos, photos, and posts. All you have to do is use Instagram’s Data Download tool, which allows you to save all your content before you delete your account.
- Go to your profile on Instagram. You can do this by tapping on your profile picture.
- In the top right corner, choose Options.
- Tap on Activity Controls.
- Tap on Your Activity.
- Download Your information.
- Enter your email address, and Instagram will send you a link to all your data. Tap on "Request Download".
- Enter your password for Instagram to confirm, then tap on Next.
- Finally, tap on Done.
- Look out for an email that is titled Your Instagram Data. It will have a link to all your data, and you can download it.
If you have disabled your Instagram account temporarily, it is not that complicated to reactivate it. You have to first know that you cannot reactivate your Instagram account immediately. Instead, you have to wait for one to two days because the deactivation process itself takes about 24 hours. If you try to reactivate it too soon, you will just see an error on Instagram.
Also, take note that reactivation does not apply to deleted Instagram accounts. You can only reactivate an Instagram account that has been disabled temporarily. You cannot retrieve any existing data from an account that you have already deleted.
Here are the steps you can follow to reactivate your Instagram account:
- Using your iPhone, launch the Instagram app.
- Enter your username and password.
- Simply click on Login.
Fortunately, it is rather straightforward to delete your Instagram account directly from your iPhone. You do not have to do it from a web browser. Instead, do it straight from your iPad or iPhone if you are already signed in to your Instagram account there. This way, you can delete the Instagram app immediately after you delete your account, too. Always take a moment to be sure that you do want to delete your Instagram account because you cannot reverse this decision after 30 days.