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Instagram: How to delete or temporarily disable your account



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Instagram is my social media jam. I share photos with friends and their pictures as well. It's a happy space for me, or at least it used to be. Instagram has changed dramatically over the years. There are ads everywhere, and it feels more like Snapchat and Facebook than the hip photo-sharing site it once was. To make matters worse Instagram's leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses . Instagram.

If you want to delete or deactivate your Instagram account. Here's how to do it.

Unfortunately, there is not a simple way to delete your Instagram account from the app. Check out the How to Delete Instagram video below from CNET's How To Do It!

To delete or disable it?

You have two main options for getting away from Instagram: Delete it or disable it. Deleting your account removes it permanently – like Thanos snap permanent. SNAP!

On the other hand, you disassociate your account, it's kind of like you're on it bag of cookies and so on, so you will not be tempted to scarf them all down in one sitting, but you know it's that tough day when you need some emotional cookie support. I've said too much.

Request your data for download: photos, videos and more

Before you decide to delete or disable your data. If you're currently deleting your account, this will be the only time you can retrieve any photos or videos you have taken. Seriously you do not want that photo when you met Laura Dern to be gone forever.

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I got to meet and interview Laura

You may request a data download from either a web browser or from the app itself. Just a heads up, this is not an instantaneous process.

Download data from the Instagram app:

1. Once you request to download your data, you can download it. Go to your profile.

2. Tap on the hamburger menu icon on the top right aka the three horizontal lines.

3. Tap on Settings at the bottom right of the screen.

4. Tap on Security .

5. Then, tap on Download Data .

6. Request button.

Download data from a web browser:

1. Go to your profile.

2. Click the Edit Profile button.

3. Click Privacy & Security .

4. Download Request Download

5. Request Download button.

Your Instagram is ready to download

Next, you'll receive an email with the subject line: Your Instagram Data. Open up the message and there wants to be a link to your data. This link is only good for four days. So, it can take 48 hours for Instagram to send you the link. Though in my experience it took about an hour.

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Before you delete your account, take time to download your data.


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When you click on the link, a folder will download with your photos and videos in them. There will be separate files for everything from your profile information to your comments. Instagram puts these into a JSON file, which stands for JavaScript Object Notation.

The only way I found these files was dragging them into a Firefox browser window. It's kind of ugly, but you can read captions, comments, even your profile information if you want. If you are having trouble viewing the Firefox files, here's a Mozilla webpage with some settings to check.

If you're using Google Chrome's browser, you'll need to download JSON files. On Apple's Safari, JSON files.

Instagram made deleting your account easy

Delete Your Account page via a web browser.

You can not actually delete your account directly from the Instagram app, but you can navigate your way to the site.

Delete Instagram by starting in the app

1. Go to your profile.

2. Tap on the hamburger menu icon on the top right (the three horizontal lines).

3. Tap on Settings at the bottom right of the screen.

4. Tap Help .

5. Tap Help Center then a browser window will pop up.

6. Tap Managing Your Account .

7. Tap Delete Your Account .

8. Tap How do I delete my account?

9. Delete Your Account page .

Once you've deleted your account page, you're about to delete it drop down menu. And yes, you really have to do this or you can not move on. Then, scroll down and enter your password when prompted.

Instagram has a special page for deleting your account. A random number of steps


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Finally, tap the red Permanently delete my account button. A window wants to pop up if you're sure you want to delete your account. Tap OK .

Take a break by disabling your account

If you'd like to take a break from the IG instead. Temporarily Disable Your Account page.

To get to the disable page via a web browser

1. Go to Instagram's website.

2. Log in to your account.

3. Click on your profile.

4. Click on the Edit Profile button.

5. Scroll down, then click Temporarily disable my account in the bottom right.

You can navigate to the same page through the app but it is extremely tedious. Delete Your Account page from the Instagram app. Once that page has been loaded, click on the link to the Temporarily Disable Your Account page.

If you just need a break from Instagram, try disabling your account temporarily.


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Once you're on the page, select a reason why you're disabling your account from the drop down menu. Then, click the blue Temporarily Disable Account button. A window wants to pop up if you're sure you want to delete your account. Tap OK .

There! You're done and Insta-free. But if you ever want to get back into the world of influencers and whatever IGTV is, you can fire up your dormant account. To reactivate your account, simply log into your app or online.

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