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How to Completely Delete or Deactivate an Instagram Account


Facebook was, at the beginning, the leading social network app. Then, the company behind it has purchased Instagram, another social media tool that is mostly targeted to people sharing photos. Since that, the app has known a big growth and, after photos, it has allowed people to also share videos and, more recently, even Reels, an alternative to TikTok. Actually Instagram is very used and it is among the top social media players in the world, being appreciated especially by young users, who tend to pass their time mostly on this platform, on TikTok and on YouTube. There are several advantages in using Instagram:

  • It allows to share every picture you want the others to see: it may be a selfie, a beautiful landscape you have captured while on a trip, a nice looking dish you have ordered at the restaurant… whatever you want to share, the app allows you to do it;
  • It is, like other social networking platforms, another tool you can use to stay in touch with friends and people you may know or you do not even know, but who appreciate your posts. Thanks to the following system and the ability to send private messages, Instagram experience does not limit to just sharing pictures;
  • It allows to post and browse videos: at the fact, Instagram is an entertaining app complete of everything you may want;
  • It is a good tool for businesses to promote themselves and stay in touch with potential customers and for creators and influencers to reach audience.

Despite the various opportunities offered by Instagram, not everybody using it may want to keep staying on the platform: that’s why this article is going to show you how to delete an Instagram account.

Facebook, WhatsApp & Instagram are the three well known apps belonging to Meta conglomerate. Facebook was the first service that made the success of the group.

Facebook, WhatsApp & Instagram are the three well known apps belonging to Meta conglomerate. Facebook was the first service that made the success of the group.

Why do someone may want to delete Instagram account

There are various reasons why someone may want to delete their Instagram account:

  • They may want to get rid of social media platforms in order to just focus on one or even give away completely these kinds of services, maybe because of the stress involved in managing a profile or because of the fear of putting self esteem at the mercy of the number of likes received on the pictures (this is something that especially happens with some teens, who often feel being accepted or not by the others on the basis of the likes they receive);
  • They may do not trust using the platform because of fears about privacy and how their personal data are used;
  • They may have not many friends using the app, so that they may feel not worth using it to stay in touch with somebody they may know;
  • They may not have particular content to post, maybe because they don’t like to take selfies, photos outside or when at the restaurant.

Whatever is the reason why you want to delete your Instagram account, this article is going to help you.

How to permanently delete your Instagram account

The step to definitely delete your account is very easy: you have to visit the Instagram account deletion page after having logged in to the profile you want to cancel. You will be asked for the reason why you want to say goodbye to the platform. After that you have to digit your password and then finalize the process of deletion. Your account will be then hidden for a month and, finally, permanently deleted. During the wait time, if you change idea, you can recover your profile before it is too late to do it.

What if I just want to take a break from Instagram

If you do not want to permanently delete your Instagram account, but just prefer to take a break for a while before eventually deciding to come back, there is a way you can deactivate your Instagram account and hide it completely from other users, including any likes and comments you may have posted on other content. In this case you may proceed to the profile suspension page, select the reason why you want to disable your profile, enter your password and finalize the operation. This is surely the most soft way to get rid of Instagram without saying completely goodbye: in any case, in the future, you want to use it again, you will be able to retrieve your profile without starting again from the zero.

Deactivating your Instagram account is surely the most recommended option if you are not concerned about your personal data being still stored by the platform and if you are not 100% sure you want to leave it forever. You may always change idea in the future and this solution may be the best for you in order not to completely lose your profile.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Alessio Ganci

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