How to deactivate your Instagram account

IF you’re looking to pause Instagram, you can temporarily disable your account – then come back later.

If you decide that you have enough but don’t want permanently delete your accountHere are the steps to follow to deactivate your Instagram.

You cannot deactivate Instagram through the mobile app - you must use a computer or mobile browser to do so


You cannot deactivate Instagram through the mobile app – you must use a computer or mobile browser to do soCredit: Instagram

How to deactivate your Instagram account

If you want to turn off Instagram for a short time but without losing any of your uploaded photos or videos, here’s what you need to do…

  1. Sign in to from your phone or computer.
    Note: you cannot temporarily deactivate your account through the Instagram app.
  2. In the top right corner, tap or click your profile picture.
  3. Then tap or click ‘Profile’.
  4. Tap or click ‘Edit Profile’.
  5. Scroll down the page.
  6. In the bottom right, select ‘temporarily disable my account’.
  7. Choose an option from the drop-down menu that asks you why you decided to leave the app.
  8. Confirm by entering your password.
  9. Last but not least, click Temporarily disable account and you’re done.

Can I reactivate my account?

You can choose to deactivate your Instagram account for as long as you want.

Once action is taken, your profile along with all your photos and posts will be hidden.

Friends won’t be able to contact you through the app, and even your profile URL will be blank.

But if you change your mind, don’t worry, you can reactivate your account just log back into the app.

As a general rule, Instagram will ask you to wait at least 24 hours before reactivating your profile as it takes some time to process your request.

Make sure you deactivate your account, not delete it, or else you only have 30 days to bring it back from the dead before your profile is lost forever.

Although your profile is hidden or deleted, it means that Instagram will not have your personal data.

If this is something you are concerned about, you must contact the company directly and ask them to remove it.

Can I use Instagram without an account?

Before 2019, you was able to see the public profile on Instagram even if not a member but this has changed.

Try it and Instagram will conveniently prompt you to log in or create a new account.

If you really want to access someone’s public profile, but really don’t want to join the gram community, there is another option.

You can download third-party apps like ImgInnall free.

This will give you access to public profiles, posts and images, but not Instagram stories.

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Luckily, there are also apps that let you watch stories even if you don’t have an account.

This said, if you’re having trouble downloading third-party apps to view your Instagram profile, it might be easier to simply reactivate your old account or create a new one. How to deactivate your Instagram account

Fry Electronics Team

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