How to Delete Your Instagram Account on an iPhone

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If you no longer wish to continue with Instagram’s services, it’s easy to delete your account on your iPhone. You can then optionally delete the Instagram app to free up your phone’s storage space. We’ll show you how to do that.

What Happens When You Delete Your Instagram Account

When you delete your account, Instagram deletes all data from your account, including photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers. According to Instagram, your data becomes inaccessible to you or others the moment you delete your account, but the platform won’t actually start deleting data internally until 30 days after you request deletion.

Instagram adds that completely deleting data from your account can take up to 90 days. Even after this period, the platform may have some of your data as part of its backup.

If you don’t want to delete your account for good, deactivating your account is a good idea. It allows you to take a break from your social media life without completely deleting your account.

If you’ve decided to completely delete your account, first consider downloading your account data and unlinking your Instagram and Facebook accounts. Then follow the steps in the next section.

Delete your Instagram account from an iPhone

To delete your account, you will use a web browser on your iPhone because the Instagram app does not have the account deletion option.

Start by launching your favorite web browser on your iPhone and opening the Delete Your Account webpage. We will use Safari for the demonstration.

On the webpage, sign in to the account you want to delete.

Login to Instagram.

Once logged in, tap “Why do you want to delete [Account]?” drop-down menu and select the reason you are deleting your account.

Select the reason for deleting Instagram account.

After selecting a reason, tap the “Re-Enter Your Password” field and type in your Instagram account password. It’s easy to recover your Instagram password if you forgot it.

Then press “Delete [Account]” button.

Enter the password and press "To delete [Account]."

Press “OK” in the prompt.

Warning: Make sure you’re ok with the loss of your account data before continuing.

To select "OKAY" in the prompt.

Instagram will display a date when your account data will be permanently deleted. Until then, you can log back into your account and reactivate it if you wish.

And that’s all there is to delete Instagram account on iPhone.

Uninstall Instagram app on an iPhone

Now that you no longer have an Instagram account, you can delete the Instagram app from your iPhone. This declutters your home screen and frees up your phone’s storage space.

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If you want to do this, first locate the Instagram app on your iPhone. Press and hold the app icon until all your icons start wiggling.

In the upper left corner of the Instagram app icon, tap the “X” icon.

To select "X" in the top left corner of Instagram.

Choose “Delete” from the prompt.

Faucet "To delete" in the prompt.

And the Instagram app is now removed from your iPhone. Enjoy!


Thus, it is also quick and easy to delete your Facebook account if you wish.

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