How to delete an Instagram account

How to delete an Instagram account
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Have you ever wondered how to delete an Instagram account? Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps on the planet and gives us many reasons to love seeing photos of our friends and our favorite celebrities.

Like every social media app, there are times when we either need a break or want to delete the service for good. Luckily, it's pretty easy to delete an Instagram account, and you can do it on your iPhone or on a web browser.

Here's how to delete an Instagram account in just a few steps.

How to delete an Instagram account on iPhone

There used to only be one way to delete an Instagram account, and that was using a Mac or PC via a web browser. Now, Instagram makes it much easier to delete or deactivate an account directly from the app on your iPhone. Here's how to do it.

  1. Open Instagram
  2. Head to your profile and tap the burger icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings and privacy

How to delete an Instagram account

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  1. Tap Accounts Centre
  2. Select Personal details and then Account ownership and control
  3. Follow the steps for Deactivation or deletion

How to delete an Instagram account

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Keep in mind once you've followed through with deletion all your posts, comments, likes, and followers will be removed. This is a permanent decision. 

If you opt to deactivate your Instagram account, you'll be able to return to the platform whenever you choose as long as you remember your login details.

Once you've followed the steps and agreed to the terms of deletion or deactivation, you're now set to get on with your life, Instagram free. If you don't have access to an iPhone and want to delete an Instagram account, you can do so via Mac or PC.

How to delete an Instagram account on Mac

  1. Launch your web browser of choice and head to Instagram's Delete Your Account page
  2. Login with your account details
  3. Tell Instagram why you've chosen to delete your account by selecting an option from the dropdown menu
  4. Type in your password to confirm the deletion

  1. Click Permanently delete my account
  2. Click OK to confirm the deletion

An Instagram free life

So you've deleted Instagram, and now you feel incredibly liberated. What now? Well, the best iPhones on the market have incredible cameras, and you don't need an app like Instagram to share your photos. 

If you want to get the best out of your iPhone's camera, check out iMore's Ultimate Guide for the Camera app. Before you know it, you'll be social media free and your camera roll will be filled with beautiful photography.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit. 

  • FFR
    I don’t believe you can permenantly delete any meta account, I think they just deactivate it in the front end .