How to delete an Instagram account: a step-by-step guide for newbies

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to permanently delete an Instagram account: from your phone and computer.
  • How to temporarily disable a profile.
  • How to deactivate a page if you forgot your password.

All described methods work in 2020. At the end of the article you will find answers to frequently asked questions – perhaps there is a solution to your specific problem.

Can I completely delete my Instagram profile?

In the social network Instagram, you can delete your account permanently. In this case, all photos, videos, comments and stories will be “lost” – they will simply be unavailable.

Moreover, the list of subscriptions and subscribers will be “reset”. Therefore, if you have a business account, then we do not recommend deleting the profile – even if the administration has applied filters.

Important: if you have deleted your account and want to create a new page, you will not be able to use data from old Instagram profile: email address and username.

If you want to “leave” the social network for 3-4 weeks, then in this case, you can simply temporarily block the page.

In this case, you will not lose posts, subscribers or messages in Direct. We will also tell you how to do this in this article.

How to permanently delete an account from your phone

Let’s get down to practice. First, we will delete the account via the phone app. The instruction is relevant for mobile devices – smartphones and tablets – on Android and iOS.

Open the Instagram app on your phone (for example, an iPhone). Go to your profile home page. Open the menu – these are three parallel lines in the upper right corner. Go to the “Settings” section.

In the settings, we need the “Help” item.

Справка в Инстаграм

Now go to the Help Center.

Переходим в справочный центр

A new tab will open. Go to the “Account Management” section.

Управление аккаунтом

Select “Document” “Delete Account”.

Удаление аккаунта

A list of actions will open. We need to expand the second subsection – “How do I delete my Instagram account?”.

This subsection provides instructions on how to permanently deactivate an Instagram page. As you can see, the phrase “Delete account” is an active link. Click on it.

Ссылка на удаление аккаунта

Not much left: Please select a reason why you want to delete your profile. For example, a second account has been created, high employment, or too many ads. Enter your password to confirm the action.

Безвозвратное удаление профиля

Click the red button “Permanently delete my account” to complete the action.

Important: this way you can delete a second account that is linked to one application. Just go to another page and follow the same steps.

How to delete an Instagram page from a computer

Now let’s delete the Instagram page from a desktop or laptop. For example, if you accidentally registered a profile on the “left” data. All actions will also be described in the format of step-by-step instructions.

At the first stage, follow the link This will save a lot of time.

As you can see, the browser will immediately open the “Delete Account” page.

Страница удаление аккаунта на ПК

If you are not logged into your profile on your computer, then enter your username and password. Only then will you be able to go to this page.

Select a reason from the list, and then enter the password and click on the red button.

Удаляем аккаунт в Инстаграм с компьютера

How to temporarily disable a profile

Do you want to disable the page for a while without losing personal data? The functionality of the social network Instagram provides such an opportunity.

Important: You can temporarily disable the page only through your browser – on your phone or computer. This feature is not available in the app.

Go to the official Instagram website through a browser. Log in to your profile and go to the home page.

Next – click “Edit Profile”.

Редактировать профиль через браузер

At the bottom of the editor there is a button “Temporarily disable my account”.

Временно отключить мой аккаунт

Select a reason and enter a password. After that, click on the blue button “Temporarily block your account”.

Переходим в справочный центр0

I want to delete my account, but I forgot my password: what should I do?

Let’s imagine a situation: you want to delete an additional or fake account. But here’s the problem – don’t remember the password.

To deactivate a profile, you definitely need to visit the page. To do this, try to recover your password.

Our article “How to recover your password on Instagram” will help you with this. After you restore access to your profile, follow all the steps described above.

One line: answers to frequently asked questions

Now you know how to delete your Instagram account. As you can see, there is nothing complicated here. You just need to follow the instructions.

Now we will answer the most frequently asked questions on the topic of the article.

Can I delete someone else’s account?

Only the owner of the profile can delete their page. But if you come across a fraudster and want to deactivate his Instagram account, then write to technical support and tell us about the attacker.

I unintentionally deleted my main profile: what should I do?

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