Social Media Instagram How to Delete Your Instagram Account (Or Temporarily Deactivate It) Sometimes a break from Instagram is necessary by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on January 23, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop oixxo / Getty Images Tweet Share Email Tired of Instagram or need to take a short break from it? You can deactivate your Instagram account temporarily or you can delete your Instagram account completely. Follow these detailed instructions to see exactly how to do either one. You might also be interested in learning how to delete individual posts on Instagram. 01 of 04 Access Instagram in a Desktop or Mobile Web Browser All Instagram users have the convenient option of temporarily disabling their account so that it's completely hidden, yet still restorable. This is a good option for people who need some time to think about whether they really want all of their Instagram information taken offline forever. An additional alternative to disabling or deleting is to simply limit access to your profile by making your Instagram profile private. If you're ready to temporarily disable your account, you'll need to access Instagram from the desktop web, or a mobile web browser at the very least. Grab your laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone and open up your preferred web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or other). Instagram doesn't currently let users disable their accounts from within the app. This is presumably for security purposes. Type Instagram.com into the URL field and hit Enter or Go. The Instagram homepage will appear, and you should see a button on the page that says Log in. If you're accessing it from a mobile device, it will be at the bottom of your screen. Click or tap it and log in to your Instagram account with your username and password. 02 of 04 How to Deactivate Your Instagram Account As soon as you log in, you'll be taken straight to your home feed. Whether you're accessing it from the desktop or mobile web, you'll see a profile icon in the bottom menu to the far right, just like within the app. Click or tap it to be taken to your profile.Just beneath your profile details, you should see a big button that says Edit Profile. Click or tap it.Scroll down to the bottom of the next page and look for the blue link that says Temporarily disable my account. Click or tap on it. 03 of 04 Select Your Reason for Disabling the Account Instagram will bring you to a page that provides you with a dropdown menu of options to choose why you want to disable your account. Click or tap the drop-down and select the appropriate reason. Some suggested tips will then appear along with a request to re-enter your password if you'd like to keep going. Click or tap the big blue Temporarily Disable Account button to disable the account. Click or tap to confirm it if Instagram gives you a pop-up message (in case you clicked/tapped by accident). Instagram will bring you to a page to confirm that your account has been temporarily disabled. To reactivate it, you just need to log back in again via Instagram.com. Don't freak out if you disable your account but can't get in after trying to reactivate it by logging in again a few minutes later. If you try to log back in via the mobile web browser or app immediately, you might receive a message saying, "We haven't finished disabling your account yet. If you want to reactivate it, try again in a few hours." You can only disable your account once a week. 04 of 04 How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account Just like temporarily disabling accounts, Instagram also doesn't let users delete their accounts from within the app. Again, this is presumably for security purposes. Instagram has a completely separate link you need to access if you want to permanently delete your account rather than temporarily disable it. You may be asked to log in to your account again before you're taken to a Delete Your Account page with some notes about Instagram's terms of service (TOS), a link to the alternative disabling option, and a drop-down menu of reasons you're deleting your account. Deletion is permanent. You will never be able to restore your account and get all of your photos, videos, likes, comments, or followers back. Even if you decide to delete everything in the end, bear in mind that doing so doesn't mean your photos and videos will be gone from the web forever. Anything and everything you post or upload to Instagram (and social media in general) is still accessible by the social network itself. To continue with the deletion process, click or tap the dropdown menu and select your reason. You'll be asked to re-enter your password before you can click or tap the big red Permanently deactivate my account button. Once you've done that, Instagram will ask if you're sure you want to go ahead. Click/tap OK if you're sure and Instagram will bring you to a page confirming that your account has been permanently deleted.