How to Delete Instagram Account on Windows/Mac/iPhone/Android

Instagram is one of the largest photo-sharing platform with more than 800 million users all over the world. You can share everything in your life with friends, families and even strangers. However, more and more people find that Instagram is not as good as it shows. There are many complaints about Instagram privacy concerns, addictive-like responses, metal well-being negatives and more.

Thus, if you find yourself spending too much time on Instagram, you had better take a break. Then here comes the question, can you delete an Instagram account? Instagram allows users to deactivate or delete Instagram account. Once your Instagram account is deactivated or deleted, your Instagram photos, videos, followers and other account related files will be locked after a period of time or permanently.

Delete Instagram Account

If you are ready to say goodbye to Instagram app forever, you can delete an Instagram account to erase all previous posts. Consequently, you are not allowed to use the same username that was deleted before. Well, if you do not make the final decision, you can temporarily disable the Instagram account for a while to have a try first. Everything will be fine when you reactivate your Instagram account.

Part 1. How to Delete Instagram Account on Windows or Mac

Just as above mentioned, once you delete Instagram account, all your previous activities will be erased. It is an irreversible measure. There is no such a tool that can reactivate a deleted Instagram account. So if you do not want to lose your Instagram likes, followers and memories, you need to think twice before deleting your account on Instagram.

How to Deactivate Instagram Account Temporarily on Your Computer

You can temporarily disable the Instagram account to stop using Instagram for a while. You can rejoin the Instagram community without losing any Instagram data. It is also supported to delete the Instagram account after being disabled.

Step 1. Visit on your web browser. You need to sign into your Instagram account.

Step 2. Navigate to your Instagram profile screen. Click “Edit Profile” next to your Instagram username.

Step 3. Choose “Temporarily disable my account” at the bottom of the Instagram profile.

Temporarily Disable My Account

Step 4. Select the reason for “Why are you disabling your account?”. Later, you need to enter the Instagram password to confirm.

Step 5. Now you can see the “Temporarily Disable Account” option appears. Click the delete Instagram account link to make the Instagram account deactivated.

The process of temporarily disabling the account can be also the solution when Instagram videos not uploading, or music not working.

Deactivate Instagram Account

How to Delete Instagram Account Permanently

Be aware that you cannot sign up Instagram with the same username after the deletion. All your comments, likes, followers and more files in Instagram will be gone permanently.

Step 1. Visit to get the Instagram delete your account page. If you have not logged into Instagram account, you need to sign into with your Instagram username and password first.

Step 2. Select an option from the “Why are you deleting your account?” drop-down list. Then reenter your password.

Step 3. Click “Permanently delete my account” to delete your Instagram account permanently.

Delete Instagram Account Permanently

Best Way to Delete Everything Related to Your Instagram Account on Mac

Though you have permanently deleted your Instagram account, you can still find many Instagram related files on your computer. If you want to clear search on Instagram, as well as login logs and other cache data, you should not miss Apeaksoft Mac Cleaner. You can clean up all junk files off the Instagram website completely. Thus, if you really want to delete Instagram account forever, Mac Cleaner is your must-have tool.

Mac Cleaner

  • Delete junk files, unneeded files, worthless files, duplicate files and privacy data associated with Instagram.
  • Preview Instagram caches, logs, junk and trash files before cleanup.
  • Monitor hardware health and speed up Mac system in clicks.
  • Mac Cleaner works with macOS Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, etc.
Download for Mac

Step 1. Run Mac Cleaner

Free download, install and launch Mac Cleaner for cleaning downloaded Instagram photos and caches. You will be in the “System Status” section by default. Here you can see the current status of Mac CPU, memory and disk.


Step 2. Scan for junk files

If you want to delete the downloaded Instagram photos and videos, you can click “Junk Files” in the left pane. Click “Scan” to scan for junk files after deleting Instagram account.


Just open one folder to have a check. In addition, you can use the built-in search engine to find Instagram data. Mark before Instagram files you want to delete.


Step 3. Delete the selected Instagram photos and videos

Click “Clean” at the lower right corner. Then choose “Confirm” to move on. As a result, your selected files will be removed from Mac without the possibility of recovery. That’s what you need to do to erase Instagram account permanently and completely.


Step 4. Clear Instagram cache

You can also clear cookies from the web browser that you have visited Instagram before. Choose “Privacy” and click “Scan” to get all Instagram privacy files. Thus, others cannot see what you have done by viewing caches. What’s more, you can use other filters to delete Instagram account and cache on Mac permanently.

Clear Instagram Cache

Part 2. How to Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

It is useless if you delete an Instagram app on the iPhone only. Your Instagram account, photos, videos and caches still exist in the original place. If you really want to delete an Instagram account on the iPhone, you can do as the following paragraphs show.

How to Delete Instagram Account Temporarily on iPhone

It is not supported to temporarily disable an Instagram account on the app. You need to log into the official Instagram website instead of Instagram app. Well, your Instagram videos, photos, comments and all related files will be hidden after the deactivation.

Step 1. Open on your web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.).

Step 2. Log into your Instagram account.

Step 3. Tap your Instagram username and select “Edit Profile”.

Step 4. From the “Temporarily disable my account” drop-down list, select your reason for disabling Instagram account.

Step 5. Type your Instagram password to confirm.

Step 6. Choose “Temporarily Disable Account” followed by “OK” to deactivate the Instagram account on iPhone.

Temporarily Disable Account

How to Delete Instagram Account Permanently on iPhone

Now you can permanently delete the Instagram account on iPhone within Instagram app. Later, you can search for your deleted Instagram account. The Instagram app will tell you that this page or user is not available.

Step 1. Open Instagram app on iPhone. Then sign into your Instagram account.

Step 2. Tap “Profile” at the bottom of your iPhone screen.

Step 3. Choose “Settings” and scroll down to find “Help Center”.

Step 4. Tap “Basics” > “Getting Started” > “Delete Your Account” > “How do I delete my account?” > “go to this page”.

Step 5. Fill in blanks with your Instagram account data. Choose the reason why you want to delete an Instagram account on iPhone app permanently.

Step 6. Tap “Permanently deactivate my account” followed by “OK”. Sooner, your Instagram account will be removed forever.

Permanently Deactivate

How to Clear Instagram Photos and Videos on iPhone Completely

Actually, the moment you delete an Instagram account, you just removed previous posts from the Instagram platform. There are still many downloaded files and caches on your Apple device. If you want to delete all Instagram account information on the iPhone, you can turn to Apeaksoft iPhone Eraser for help.

The program can wipe out all content and settings on your iPhone permanently, as well as the personal information about Instagram account. It is also supported to clear other app data. For instance, you can clear Facebook search history on iPhone within a few steps. To start with, you had better create a backup of important iOS files in case of data loss.

iPhone Eraser

  • Overwrite all files and settings on iPhone up to three times selectively.
  • Delete Instagram search history, caches and private information permanently on (locked) iPhone.
  • Protect your personal privacy to offer a “new” device.
  • iPhone Eraser is fully compatible with iOS 17 devices, including iPhone 15/14/13/12/11, etc.
Download for WinDownload for Mac

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iPhone Eraser

Launch iPhone Eraser after installation. Plug your iPhone into the computer with a lightning USB cable. Your connected iPhone will be detected automatically.


Step 2. Choose the iPhone erasing level

Select the erasing level from “Low”, “Medium” to “High”. It means iPhone Eraser will overwrite all the data on the iPhone for one, two or three times. Select the proper erasing level based on your needs. Then click “OK” to confirm.

Erasing Level

Step 3. Delete Instagram account information on the iPhone

At last, click “Start” to start erasing your iPhone. A few minutes later, your Instagram account information will be deleted permanently. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer to complete the process.


This way only erases Instagram related photos and videos from your iPhone. If you have Instagram backup, it is possbile to recover Instagram messages, photos, videos and more from the backup.

Part 3. How to Delete Instagram Account on Android

Can you delete an Instagram account on Android? Of course, the answer is “Yes”. You can leave behind your Instagram account for a while or forever. There are two options that can make your Instagram account invisible. Remember that all your photos and videos will be erased after the permanent deletion. So be careful if you decide to delete an Instagram account on Android.

How to Disable Android Instagram Account Temporarily

You cannot disable account within the Instagram app on Android. The only way to temporarily disable Instagram account on Android is visiting its official site. So you need to open your browser instead of Instagram apk.

Step 1. Use a web browser to head to

Step 2. Navigate to your Instagram profile, then tap “Edit Profile”.

Step 3. Scroll down and choose the “Temporarily disable my account” link.

Step 4. Choose the reason for disabling the Instagram account on your phone.

Step 5. Type your Instagram password to confirm.

Step 6. Tap “Temporarily Disable Account” to disable your Instagram account on Android temporarily.

Temporarily Disable Account

How to Delete Instagram Account on Android Permanently

You may have the question similar to “How to delete my Instagram account on Android”. Well, you can delete the Instagram account on an app or from its “Delete Your Account” page. From this section, you can get the latter solution to delete an Instagram account on Android phone permanently.

Step 1. Visit the Instagram account deleting page at

Step 2. Sign into your Instagram account.

Step 3. Choose the reason for deleting your Instagram account from “Want to remove something”, “Too many ads” and more.

Step 4. Type your password and then choose “Permanently delete my account”. Later, you can delete the Instagram account off phone permanently since then.


If you have changed your mind, you can also get the deleted Instagram account back.

Part 4. FAQs of Deleting Instagram Account

1. Can I temporarily disable my Instagram account?

Yes, you can temporarily disable your account. Then, your profile, photos, comments and likes will be hidden until you reactivate it by logging back in.

2. How do I access my data on Instagram on my iPhone?

Go to your profile and tap the Menu button. Then, tap Settings > Security. Next, find and tap Access Data. To review a specific type of data, tap View All.

3. How do I set my Instagram account to private on Android phone?

Go to your profile, then tap Menu option. Tap Settings and then tap Privacy > Account Privacy. Then, tap next to Private Account to make your account private.

That’s all for how to delete the Instagram account in 2019 under different scenarios. No matter which digital device you are using, you can disable or delete Instagram account effortlessly. Thanks to the powerful Mac Cleaner and iPhone Eraser, you can delete Instagram account completely and thoroughly. If you want to delete a Facebook account and get rid of all Facebook account data, you can use above data erasing tools too.

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