How to Delete Your Instagram Account Permanently

So you‘ve decided it‘s time to permanently delete your Instagram account. Maybe you‘re seeking to reclaim time spent mindlessly scrolling. Or social media no longer sparks joy in your life. Perhaps data privacy issues leave you wanting to disconnect for good.

Whatever your reasons, ending your relationship with Instagram is no small decision. Their enticing interface keeps over a billion users actively posting their lives through photos and videos.

But for some, there comes a tipping point where the negatives outweigh the positives. That‘s why account deletions are growing:

YearAccounts Deleted
201932 million
202037 million
202144 million

As you can see, more people than ever are opting out of Instagram for good.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll be with you every step of the way to permanently delete your account. I‘ll provide insider tips to make it as smooth as possible, so you can move forward with no regrets.

Here‘s what I‘m going to cover:

  • Key considerations before deleting your Instagram
  • Step-by-step deletion guides for iPhone, desktop and mobile
  • Downloading your account data
  • The difference between deactivation and deletion
  • Expert answers to frequently asked account removal questions

By the end, you‘ll have the confidence to officially cut ties with Instagram and reclaim your personal data.

Let‘s get started!

Be Informed Before Taking Action

Deleting your Instagram account is irreversible after 30 days. So before we begin, let‘s review quick pros and cons:

Potential Benefits

  • Take back your time previously lost to endless scrolling
  • Refocus your attention on real-world activities and relationships
  • Reduce social comparison and overexposure to carefully curated highlight reels
  • Improve productivity by eliminating distraction and notifications
  • Enhance mental wellbeing without pressures of content creation and vanity metrics


  • Lose access to memories like photos, videos, conversations, locations checked into
  • Unable to contact Instagram connections like friends or brands after leaving platform
  • FOMO (fear of missing out) when not looped into trending challenges or viral content

Additionally, be aware it takes Instagram up to 90 days to completely scrub all deleted account data from their systems. So remnants of your Instagram presence may linger for months in their cyber-ether.

Make your choice consciously and without regrets. Then let‘s move forward…

How to Permanently Delete Instagram Account Step-by-Step

You have three options to terminate your account – iPhone, desktop browser, or mobile browser. I‘ll outline the step-by-step instructions for each method in detail below.

Delete Instagram from iPhone

  1. Open the Instagram app then tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap the menu button (3 horizontal lines icon) in the top right and select "Settings"
  3. Scroll down and choose "Account"
  4. Tap "Delete Account" then confirm again by tapping the red text

⚠️Warning: Instagram will present options to temporarily disable account or create a support ticket. Skip past these alternatives to remain on track for permanent deletion.

  1. Select reason for deleting account from the menu
  2. Carefully enter your account password when prompted
  3. Finally, tap the bold red text to "Permanently delete my account"

You‘ve done it! Pat yourself on the back knowing your account will now terminate over the next 30 days. All personal information will eventually be removed from Instagram‘s internal systems within 90 days.

Here is a visual step-by-step walkthrough of deleting via iPhone for reference:


Pretty straightforward, right? Now let‘s tackle deleting from a desktop web browser…

Delete Instagram from Desktop Browser

Deleting your Instagram account via desktop browser works essentially the same across Mac, Windows and Linux computers.

⚠️Tip: Make sure to logout out of all connected Instagram browser sessions on other devices first. This avoids any syncing mishaps mid-deletion.

Here are the steps:

  1. Pull up in your web browser of choice
  2. Login to the Instagram account you wish to delete by entering your username and password
  3. Click this direct account deletion link
  4. Select reason for deleting account from the popup menu
  5. Carefully re-enter your account password when prompted
  6. Finally, click the blue button saying “Permanently delete [your username]”

And you‘re done! Your Instagram account will be scheduled for termination and removed within a month.

For visual learners, see screenshots of exactly how the account deletion page looks on desktop:


Straightforward enough! Now let‘s look at removing Instagram via mobile browser…

Deleting Instagram from Mobile Browser

Using a mobile browser to delete your Instagram account works essentially the same as on desktop. The one catch is that the deletion page is not easy to find in their mobile site.

But here‘s how to access it:

  1. Open your mobile browser and go to
  2. Tap the profile icon then tap the menu icon (3 horizontal lines)
  3. Scroll down and choose Settings > Security > Delete Your Account
  4. Select reason for deleting your account
  5. Carefully enter your account password when prompted
  6. Finally tap the bold red text to permanently delete your account

And that‘s it – your Instagram presence will vanish for good within 30 days!

Before Deleting: How to Download Your Instagram Data

If you think you may ever want to look back at your old photos, comments or followers, I highly recommend downloading an archive of your Instagram data before deleting your account forever.

Here‘s how to download all your personal data:

  1. Go to Instagram Settings
  2. Choose Security > Download Data
  3. Enter your email address and account password
  4. Instagram will email you a link to access your data when the archive is ready (may take up to 48 hours)

Having a backup of your posts and conversations can be priceless down the road – even if just for nostalgia‘s sake! So take a moment to download your data today.

Deactivation vs Deletion: Know the Key Differences!

I want to eliminate any confusion between disabling your Instagram account temporarily (deactivation) versus permanently (deletion).

Here‘s an overview of how they differ:

Temporarily disables account
Permanently erases account
Account gone forever
Hides posts/profile
Allows reactivation later
Removes all user data
Takes 30 days to terminate
Delete within app only✅ iPhone only

To summarize:

  • Deactivation – Temp hiding of account. Reactivate anytime.
  • Deletion – Permanent erasure from Instagram. Irreversible.

Choose wisely based on if you ever foresee potentially reusing your Instagram account.

Answers to Common Instagram Deletion Questions

Let‘s wrap things up by addressing some frequently asked questions around permanently removing Instagram accounts:

💬 Is it reversible if I change my mind later?

Unfortunately no. Once your 30 day grace period ends, deletion is completely irreversible. Instagram wipes all records of your account and content. There is no going back.

💬 What happens to my photos and conversations if I delete?

Instagram removes all your posts, stories, photos, comments, likes and messaging history within 90 days per their privacy policy terms. But do salvage anything you want to keep first!

💬 How long until my data is fully erased after I delete my account?

It takes up to 90 days post-deletion for Instagram to scrub all traces of your account data and content from their internal systems. Though it may seem to vanish from public view much quicker.

💬 Can someone else take my old username after deletion?

Yes, once Instagram terminates your account that unique username goes back into the public pool for anyone to claim. So don‘t be surprised if you see it recycled.

And those are the basics around permanently removing your Instagram account!

I know leaving Instagram behind is bittersweet, but I applaud you for reclaiming your personal data and taking back control of your digital presence. Stay strong and don‘t hesitate to reach out with any other questions. You‘ve got this!

Wishing you all the best,
[Your Name]

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