Instagram is a great place to stay in touch with your friends and family, sharing photos, videos, and stories with your followers, and also, for sharing memes. However, just like any other social media platform out there, Instagram can be very addictive and can hurt your productivity if you end up spending way too much time on the platform. So, if you’re trying to detox your smartphone usage, here is how to delete Instagram account:
Delete Instagram Account on Web
If you’re using a laptop, or desktop PC, you can delete your Instagram account from the web with ease. Simply follow the steps below:
- Head over to Instagram’s “Delete your account” page using this link. If you’re not logged in on your browser, you’ll have to log in first.
- Now, select a reason for wanting to delete your account. For this guide, we’ll choose “Too distracting” as the reason.
- Now, enter your Instagram password, and then click on “Permanently delete my account“.
That’s it, your Instagram account will not be permanently deleted, and you will not be able to log back in with your account credentials. Keep in mind that there’s no way to recover a deleted account, so only take this step if you’re very certain that you’ll not want to get back to your old account at a later date.
Delete Instagram Account on Mobile
Deleting an Instagram account from the Instagram app is not possible, however, you can still use your smartphone’s browser to delete your Instagram account if you want to. Just follow the steps below:
- Head over to Instagram’s “Delete my account” page using this link on your smartphone’s browser. If you’re not logged in, you will have to sign in first. Now, select a reason for wanting to delete your Instagram account.
- We’re going to choose “Too busy/too distracting” as the reason. Now, just enter your Instagram password again, and tap on “Permanently delete my Instagram account“.
That’s it, your Instagram account will now be permanently deleted and you’ll not be able to log in with your account credentials.
How to Deactivate Instagram Account Instead
While I completely understand the desire to want to permanently delete Instagram accounts, if the sole reason you’re doing that is because you want to focus on more important tasks, you should definitely consider deactivating your Instagram account instead. This is a better option because this way, your account will be deactivated temporarily, and you can log back in to reactivate it when you’re ready, without losing all your followers and contacts on the platform. So, if you want to deactivate your Instagram account instead of deleting it, here’s how you can do that.
How to Deactivate Instagram Account on Web
If you want to deactivate Instagram account using your laptop or desktop PC, just follow these steps:
- Log in to the Instagram website on your PC.
- Click on the profile icon in the top-right of the screen.
- Click on “Edit Profile“.
- Scroll down, and click on “Temporarily disable my account“.
- Select the reason you want to deactivate Instagram. Type in your password, and click on “Temporarily Disable Account“.
Your Instagram account will now be disabled. You can reactivate your account by simply logging in with your username and password when you want to. However, keep in mind that you’ll only be able to deactivate your Instagram account once in a week.
How to Deactivate Instagram Account on Mobile
If you want to disable Instagram account using your smartphone, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Log in to the Instagram website on your phone browser and click on the profile icon from the bottom toolbar. Here, click on “Edit Profile”.
- Scroll down, and click on “Temporarily disable my account“. Select the reason you want to deactivate Instagram. We’ll choose “Just need a break“.
- Enter your password, and the tap on “Temporarily Disable Account“.
That’s it, you have successfully deactivated your Instagram account. You can always reactivate Instagram by logging in with your username and password.
Set Instagram Time Limit to Control Your Usage
If deleting Instagram account or deactivating Instagram seem like harsh measures to you, you can always try to limit your Instagram time. There are a bunch of ways you can do this, including from within the Instagram app itself. Let’s take a look at how to set Instagram time limits.
Set Instagram Time Limit using Digital Wellbeing
If you’re an Android user, you should try using Digital Wellbeing to set Instagram time limits on yourself. With Digital Wellbeing, your phone will actively try to stop you from using Instagram beyond the time limit you set for yourself.
Once you’ve exhausted your time limit, your phone will even grey out the Instagram app icon and tapping on it will simply remind you that you’ve used up all the allowed Instagram time for the day. This can prove to be a handy deterrent for people who spend too much time on Instagram.
Using Digital Wellbeing is pretty straightforward, but we have a handy step-by-step guide on setting app time limits on Android with Digital Wellbeing that you can check out.
Set Instagram Time Limit using Screen Time
If you’re an iOS user with an iPhone running iOS 12, you can use Screen Time on your phone to limit Instagram usage. Screen Time does on iOS what Digital Wellbeing does on Android; so you can set a time limit on Instagram and once you’ve exhausted the allowed time, your phone will actively discourage your from using the app any longer.
The Instagram app icon will be darkened out on your home screen, and tapping on it will simply tell you that you’ve exhausted the allowed time limit for the day.
You can find Screen Time inside your iPhone’s Settings app, and using it is simple enough. However, we have a step-by-step guide on how to set app time limits on iPhone using Screen Time that you can check out if you need help.
Use Third Party Apps to Set Instagram Time Limits
While Screen Time is available to most iPhone users, thanks to the simple fact that iPhones get upgraded to the latest version of iOS really quickly, a lot of Android users might not have Digital Wellbeing available on their phones. So, if your Android phone doesn’t have Digital Wellbeing built-in, you can use third party apps to set app time limits on your phone. Here are some of our top picks for setting time limits on apps in Android.
1. Stay Focused
Stay Focused is a Digital Wellbeing alternative that brings a lot of the same features to Android phones that don’t have Digital Wellbeing built in. The app lets you set time restrictions on other apps that you find distracting, so you can set a time limit on Instagram and Stay Focused will help you control your Instagram usage.
With Stay Focused, you can block Instgram after a specified time limit has been reached, or you can simply block Instagram’s notifications to avoid getting tempted to check the app every time someone likes your post, or sends you a message.
Install Stay Focused from the Play Store (Free, in-app purchases)
2. Your Hour
Another great Digital Wellbeing alternative you can check out to limit Instagram usage is Your Hour. This app gives you an overview of your phone usage throughout the day, and lets you block apps or set time limits on them. What’s more, the app brings helpful daily and weekly reports of your phone usage so you can track your habits with ease. With Your Hour, you can set time restrictions on Instagram and avoid wasting time going through all the funny dog videos on the platform.
Install Your Hour from the Play Store (Free, in-app purchases)
AppDetox is a powerful Digital Wellbeing alternative that you can check out. With AppDetox, not only can you set time limits on app usage, but also block apps based on the time of the day. So, you can block Instagram (or any other app such as Twitter) during your work hours, or at night so you don’t end up staying up too late every evening.
You can also set a simple time limit on Instagram in order to control the amount of time you spend on the app.
Install AppDetox from the Play Store (Free)
Delete Instagram Account, or Just Set Instagram Time Limits
That concludes our guide on how to delete or deactivate Instagram account on the web, or using your Android or iOS device. While deleting or deactivating your Instagram account is fairly straightforward, and definitely one of the easiest ways to control your Instagram usage, you can always use tools like Digital Wellbeing, or Screen Time to set limits on Instagram, and if you don’t have Digital Wellbeing on your phone, the third party apps we’ve mentioned above will definitely help you out.
So, why are you deleting your Instagram account? Let us know!