How to Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

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Social media is a great tool for communication as well as promoting a business or yourself. Notice that I said ‘tool’ and it has an underlying message. Many people who are on Instagram have discovered the platform either by themselves, got a recommendation from friends or tried it out of curiosity. But nowadays it has become a hub of self-promotion, which is not bad but it is overdone sometimes.

A few people have no restraint when it comes to uploading photos back to back, which is piled up on your feed. In addition, scrolling through the feed consumes a lot of your precious time. All these factors might give you an idea of quitting Instagram for good. And by quitting, I don’t mean uninstalling the application for a few days – I mean deleting the account from your iPhone for your mental peace. So, dive into this simple tutorial if you have made your mind.

How to download your data on Instagram before deleting the Instagram app?

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to your profile page and click on the hamburger icon or the three lines on the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Navigate to ‘Settings’ which is located at the bottom.

Step 4: Look for the ‘Security’ option under Settings.

Step 5: Navigate to ‘Data and History’ in the Security menu and tap on ‘Download Data.’

Step 6: Enter an e-mail address to receive the data from Instagram and then tap on ‘Request Download’

Instagram will take a minimum of 48 hours or 2 days to send you your profile information, photos, and comments. Make sure that you wait for the email before deleting your account.

How to Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

Once you are done with the backup, you can safely proceed to delete your Instagram account. The option of deleting an Instagram account is not a simple kill switch in the application; you will have to log in to the Instagram account on a browser and delete your account from there. But before deleting your account, you should take a backup of your account, just in case.

Step 1: Open a browser of your preference, be it Safari or Chrome on your iPhone. Go to this website. Here you will have to log in with your Instagram credentials be it your Insta handle, email, or phone number and password.

Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

Step 2: After you have successfully signed in, Instagram will ask you to answer the reason for deleting your Instagram account. It will be in the drop-down menu format.

Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

Step 3: In the drop-down menu, you will have to select a reason. If you aren’t sure what to select, just tap on ‘Something else.’

Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

Step 4: Instagram will ask you to input your password one last time before deleting your account. Once you punch in the password, click on “Permanently delete my account” which is located at the bottom.

Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

Step 5: Instagram will again prompt you with “Are you sure you want to delete your account?” question. Click on OK. Your account will now stand deleted.

Delete Instagram Account on iPhone

How to delete the Instagram app from your iOS device 

Now that you have deleted your account, there is no need to keep the Instagram app on your iPhone. You would anyway make room for more space (Haha!)

Step 1: Navigate to Instagram on your iPhone. If you have a lot of applications installed, you will have to make a lot of swipes on your home screen.

Step 2: Tap and hold on Instagram’s app icon. Doing so, the icon will start shaking which means it is preparing for deletion. Also, you should be able to see a small circle with ‘X’ inside it.

Step 3: Now tap on the ‘X.’ Click on Delete to confirm the app removal from your phone.


Now that you know the steps to delete your Instagram account, do the needful and take a break from your Insta family. You can now sit back and catch up on the much-acclaimed mini-series Chernobyl or read a book you had abandoned a long time ago. You can also connect with your “real” friends outside of the world wide web.

Did this tutorial help you in deleting your Instagram account? And what are the reasons that pushed you to do so? If not, would you ever think of deleting your Instagram account? Let us know in the comments section below.


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