After Facebook and WhatsApp, Instagram is the new Internet sensation. The number of user on Instagram is increasing rapidly. Basically, it is a social network with some extra features and works as a photo sharing platform. Instagram is very popular among common people as well as the brand influencers. In spite of its utilities, the situation may arise when you need to disable your Instagram account or delete Instagram account permanently. In this post I am going to show you How to deactivate Instagram account as well as How to delete Instagram account permanently.
How to deactivate Instagram account
Before you begin make sure you are using a web browser because you cannot disable your Instagram account from the Instagram app.
Step 1: Open https://www.instagram.com on your web browser and log in with username and password.
Step 2: Click/Tap on profile icon.
Step 3: Click/Tap Edit Profile
Step 4: Scroll down and click on Temporarily disable my account.
Step 5: Select an option from the drop-down menu to state Why are you disabling your account.
Step 6: Click/Tap on Temporarily Disable Account
The above method is for disabling Instagram account temporarily. This is useful when you want to take a break from using social network for refreshment or something. If you are totally tired of Instagram and want to delete it permanently follow the procedure below.
How to delete Instagram account
You cannot delete your Instagram account on the Instagram app use web browser on your mobile or computer instead.
Step 1: Open web browser on your mobile or computer.
Step 2: Open the URL https://www.instagram.com and log in with username and password.
Step 4: Select an option from the drop-down menu to state Why are you deleting your account.
Step 5: Click/Tap on Permanently delete my account.
Note: All the photos, videos even the followers and comments are removed when you delete your account. Please take a backup of the images you uploaded to Instagram before you delete your account. Follow the tutorial below to learn how to take backup of your Instagram account.
Take a backup of your Instagram account
It is always a wise choice to take a backup of your account before you delete it.
Instagram provides a feature, Request to Download by which you can get all Instagram posts right in your mail account. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open https://www.instagram.com and log in.
Step 2: Click on the profile icon.
Step 3: Click Edit Profile
Step 4: Select Privacy and Security
Step 5: Click on Request to Download
Step 6: Click Next
Step 7: Enter your password and click on Request Download.
Step 8: You will receive an email with a link. Open it and download the files.
A third-party site named Instaport can be used to take backup. Here is the step by step process.
Step 1: Open instaport.me on your web browser.
Step 2: Type your Instagram username and press continue.
Step 3: Click/Tap Download All Photos
Step 4: All of the photos will be put into a zip file
Step 5: Wait till the file get downloaded.
This method is for computer(Windows PC/MAC/Ubuntu) users only. This is a software named 4K Stogram. It can download Instagram posts by username, email address or tags.
Step 2: Install it on your computer.
Step 3: Open it and provide username/email address of the Instagram account.
Step 4: You can set the date range if you want specific posts only.
Step 5: Click on Subscribe, the posts will be saved on your computer.