Taking a social media break? How to delete and deactivate your Instagram account

Follow our instructions to find out how to delete your Instagram account or take a short break from the hugely popular photo-sharing app.

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks, with a staggering 800 million users globally.

The photo-sharing network is a great place to share snaps of your daily life with friends and family, and likewise see what they are up to. It’s also a brilliant place to discover images around topics that interest you – from locations to animals, food and celebrities.

[Read more: How to use Instagram Stories]

If you’ve tried Instagram and think it isn’t for you or you just want to get rid of it, you might be wondering how to delete an Instagram account. If you use the app it’s not obvious how to do it.

Follow the instructions below to delete Instagram. Bear in mind that once you delete your account, all your photos will be removed permanently, so you may want to think about temporality disabling it instead. We'll show you how to do that too.

You can’t delete Instagram using the app - it has to be done via a web browser, either on a smartphone, tablet or PC.

How to delete your Instagram account

1: Go to Instagram’s Delete Your Account page and enter your username or email and password.

Instagram Delete Account page

2:  Next to ‘Why are you deleting your account?’ use the drop-down menu to select a reason.  These include ‘Privacy concerns’ and ‘Too busy/too distracting’.

3: Instagram will try and keep you by making suggestions, but if you are determined to leave, re-enter your password in the box below and click Permanently delete my account.

[Read more: How to repost on Instagram]

How to deactivate your Instagram account

Temporarily disabling your account is a good solution if just want a break from Instagram, but don’t want to lose your photos, or think you might come back to it in the future.

1: Head to www.instagram.com/accounts/remove/request/temporary/. Instagram will warn you that can only disable your account once a week.

Disable Instagram screenshot

2: Select a reason for disabling your account from the drop-down menu.

3: Re-enter your password and click ‘Temporarily Disable Account’.

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