How to Delete Instagram Account Permanently in 2021
If you’re tired of people stalking your life and you want to delete your Instagram account, you might be surprised to learn that there’s no option to do so from the Instagram app. In reality, deleting your Instagram account is a lot easier than most people think. All it takes is a few taps in the right place and a little know-how to get rid of your account for good!
1. How to delete your Instagram account from a phone
To delete your Instagram account from a phone, head over to the Settings section in the app. To get to Settings, tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen, then tap on the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings. Once you’re at the Settings screen, you’ll see a warning stating that if you move your phone and navigate to a new place within the app, “this profile will be permanently deleted.” Don’t panic over this notification; you can always re-add the account and choose a different phone in the future.
Once you take that warning into account, simply tap on the Less feature, which is located just below your username. Upon doing so, you will be presented with three options:
Do nothing: This is the default option you will see when you first open the app. Though it will not remove your account from the photo feeds of other users, it is an easy way to control your Instagram profile for the future.
Remove photo album: If you would like to permanently delete your account, it may be best to remove the photo album from your phone. You can do this by tapping on the three dots in the top-right corner of your photo album and then tapping on the Delete album button.
No photos: If you are only interested in deleting your account from the photo feeds of other users, you can simply tap on the No photos option instead. You will not be able to see your profile in profile view, but the photo history will still appear for any of your other photos and you will be given the option to view them in the future.
Now that you’ve removed the photos from your photo feed, it’s time to delete your Instagram account. If you already have an Instagram account, the first thing you’ll need to do is log in to your account through the settings page.
2. How to delete your Instagram account from a web browser
Deleting your account from a web browser is a quick and easy process. Follow these instructions:
1) Visit instagram.com/accounts/delete
2) Enter your password.
3) Click on “Delete my account.”
4) Click on “Delete My Account”.
If you still don’t know how to delete your account, check out the following instructions for Google Chrome:
Instagram Deletting & Reinstatement
It may seem obvious, but it’s something most of us forget to do at least once in a while: automatically resetting your Instagram settings so that they’re the same as they were when you turned it on.
Read the instructions closely, because they indicate a necessary caution — “The settings you were using before you removed the app may not be saved.”
Instagram won’t automatically reinstate your settings if you didn’t change your password ahead of time. Instead, you’ll need to log in to your Instagram account and change your password.
If you don’t have a Google account, uploading a new profile isn’t the only way to permanently delete your Instagram account. You can deactivate your account by visiting It’s possible that some of the following steps involve uploading a photo to Instagram. Some people are unable to do this without first uploading the photo to Google+. If this is you, switching your account to a Google+ profile will solve your problem.
From the Admin panel of your Instagram account, select “More Settings” → “Edit Advanced Options” → “X Entry – Display Name.” You’ll notice an “x denotes an edit option.” Hold down the small button next to the entry that says “Display name,” and your photo will upload to your Google+ profile.
Now you can delete your Instagram account from Google+
Impersonating Other People
If someone has hacked your Instagram and starts wasting your credit card and other personal information, there’s a possibility that they could make accounts on Instagram that look just like yours.
3. What happens when you delete your Instagram account?
I recently deleted my Instagram account because I was tired of spending too much time on the app, and I felt that it was negatively affecting my self-esteem. The best part about removing an account is the ability to free it up from the days, weeks, and years it used to live on.
1. LOG INTO A USERNAME THAT’S NOT YOUR OWN
This is an easy way to get a free Instagram without having to jump through any hoops or install an app. Simply log into your account as another user. When you do so, this message will appear:
You just logged into Instagram as another user. You don’t have access to your old account.
Use this method if you have a clothing line or a business that already has a verified account. If not, you might want to earn your brownie points by setting up your new business account first.
2. REMOVE YOUR PHOTO
You’d think that after deleting your account, you’d be free to have as many images as you want. However, good Instagrammers know that your account is just like all the other accounts you’ve created on the service. Any time you upload a photo, it becomes part of your profile. To delete it, simply tap the photo and touch “delete.”
3. CLEAN YOUR ACCOUNT
When you’re satisfied with your photo deletion, you can move on by cleaning up your page. When you’re ready to remove photos, all you have to do is tap the photo.
This brings you to the next trick…
4. ONLY POST OPEN LISTS
It’s human nature to filter what we see. When watching a horror movie and a couple jumps into the next room and start flicking through the TV channel, we naturally try to close the box. We don’t want to look at the horrifying stuff.
3. How to get back into your Instagram account if you decide you don’t want to delete it after all
If you’ve made the mistake of deleting your Instagram account, then there’s hope. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to get back into Instagram if you decide you don’t want to delete the account after all. To get back into your account, you’ll need to send an email to Instagram support. Assuming you weren’t happy with what they had to say about your account after you deleted it, you’ll need to send them the photo evidence of the photo your account was hacked. To send an email to Instagram support, you’ll notice a prompt to enter your username and password.
As you enter your username and password, you’ll need to know your password in order to continue. The “Forgot your password” message is pretty obvious — it says, “Do not access your account.”
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For security, you’ll want to remember your password in the “Forgot your password” message. I’m sure you don’t want to remember your dad’s AOL email, so you’ll want to write your password down on a sticky note.
The password to your Instagram is what you want it to be, so don’t write anything funky — your password is just a simple mix of your username and the password to your account.
After you’ve forgotten your password, click “Forgot your password” and the photo and account you share will pop up to the right.
Then, scroll down until you see the option to view your hacked photos and click that option. Select the image of your hacked profile.
Last, select “Delete Profile.”
Congratulations, you’ve deleted your Instagram account — but it may not be over. The next step is uploading the proof you just got from your hacked profile into Photoshop or another photo editing program.
If you’re photo editing software was set to “backup,” then you need to select the images that you’re using and click the “reselect all” option. Otherwise, you’ll have to manually select every image.