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How to delete your Instagram account

You cannot deny Instagram can be a ball-and-chain. Maybe you’re sick of feeling like you have to capture every single moment of existence using filters, or perhaps you’re tired of the strain that comes from juggling multiple accounts or waiting for those 15 second videos to load on the bus. If you’re like me though, maybe it’s just seeing the sudden influx of minestrone and salad pics flooding your feed that’s suddenly, and understandably, got you caught up in a tizzy. And then there was that whole policy change debacle in December

Fortunately, deleting your Instagram account requires nothing aside from a few quick clicks and confirmations on the Instagram website. Deleting your account isn’t for the faint of heart or those already hesitant about making the plunge though. Doing so will permanently delete your account, photos, videos, comments, likes, friendships, and anything else associated with your profile. Instagram claims it cannot — or will not — reactivate your account should you wind up changing your mind three days later when the hashtag withdraws and Hefe urges finally kick in. Likewise, you (nor anyone else) will ever be able to sign up with the same username again. Bum deal.

Here is our quick guide to deleting your Instagram account. Also, check out our guides on how to delete your Twitter account and how to delete your Facebook profile permanently if you’re truly looking limit your Internet presence or jump off the social media wagon once and for all.

Step 1: Log in to your Instagram account — Head to the Instagram homepage and click the blue Log In button in the upper-right corner. Afterward, log in using your username and password before clicking the green Log In below the text fields. Alternatively, click the blue Forgot username link and follow the instructions if you’ve forgotten your necessary login credentials.

Instagram splash page

Instagram login

Step 2: Access your profile settings — Click your username or profile picture in the upper-right corner of the homepage feed and select the Edit Profile option from the resulting drop-down menu. 

Instagram account settings

Step 3: Delete your account — Click the blue I’d like to delete my account link in the bottom-right corner and select a reason for the cancellation from the drop-down menu on the following page. Next, retype your password in the appropriate text field and click the red Permanently deactivate my account button in the bottom-left corner of the page. Confirm the cancellation when prompted.

Instagram edit profile

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