Your Facebook profile is now gone and you have moved on to other social media platforms like… delete Instagram ?!
You probably know this, but in case you didn’t: Facebook owns Instagram. And while these platforms may have felt different enough before, Instagram is increasingly experiencing the same kinds of issues – coronavirus, an election role, – that we find on Facebook.
If you’re ready to get out of Facebook completely, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to your Instagram account, too.
So, are you ready? OK, here’s how to remove Instagram from your life forever.
You cannot delete from Instagram app
First things first: if you’re looking for a delete button somewhere in the menus of your Instagram mobile app (you know, what most people use to surf and post on Instagram), you can stop. You can not delete your Instagram account through the mobile app.
You can only delete your account by logging into Instagram from your desktop or mobile browser.
Upload your Instagram data first
But before deleting your account, you may want to download your data to your personal computer hard drive first.
To do this, log into your account through the web browser and click “Settings” (the gears icon) on your profile page. Click on the “Privacy and Security” option in the pop-up menu, then click on “Request download” under Data download.
Type in your email address and click on the “Next” button. Instagram will email you a downloadable file with all of your data within 48 hours.
Do you have your data? Good. Now to delete your account.
Delete your Instagram account
Log into Instagram and go to the Instagram account deletion page. Are you deleting your account due to data issues? Confidentiality concerns? Let Instagram know through drop-down menu options.
After that you will be presented with a password entry. Simply type in your Instagram password and click “permanently delete my account”.
Remember! Your account, along with all of your photos and data, will come from the platform for good. You won’t be able to create a new account with that same username, so make sure you really want to delete your account before clicking this button.
And that’s all. You are now free from another social media platform operated by Mark Zuckerberg. Congratulations!