[2023] Delete an Instagram Account On iPhone Easily

Bradley Jonathan | Nov 23, 2022

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Are you done using Instagram and looking to delete your account permanently? Or perhaps you intend to remove your old account so you can create a new one?

Whatever your reason, deleting an Instagram profile is easy and only takes a few quick steps. In this informative guide, I will show you these steps and also explain how to erase the Instagram app. Let's dive in.

Can You Delete Instagram On iPhone?

Unfortunately, it's only sometimes possible to delete an Instagram account on iPhone. If you use a regular Instagram account, you are not provided with options to erase or disable your profile. To see these options, you require the business or professional Instagram version.

With a regular account, you will have to erase your profile the usual way; hence, if you do not have a business or professional Instagram version, here's how to delete or disable your profile using the Insta app on your iPhone.

Way 1 Use the Instagram App on iPhone

Previously, you could only erase your Insta profile from a web browser. Fortunately, you can now do this via the app itself.

Steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app, navigate to the bottom-right corner and tap your profile picture.
  2. Press the three stacked lines in the upper right corner, then tap Settings.
  3. Tap Account > Delete Account.
  4. Select whether you would like to delete your profile or disable it.
  5. Whichever you choose, you will see a page asking why you are deleting or disabling your account. Fill out the questions, then confirm your choice.
  6. Your profile will then be deleted or disabled.
Deleted or Disabled Instagram Account

Deleted or Disabled Instagram Account

Way 2 Use Instagram Online via iPhone Safari

Erasing your Instagram profile using Safari is also a relatively quick process.

Steps:

  1. Open Safari and log in to your Instagram account.
  2. Navigate to the Delete Your Account page.
  3. Select an appropriate reason for erasing your profile using the dropdown list below 'Why do you want to delete [account name]?'.
  4. Re-enter your Insta password.
  5. Tap Delete [account name], then confirm your decision.
Delete an Instagram Account via Safari

Delete an Instagram Account via Safari

How To Delete the Instagram App After You delete the account

If you are done using Instagram and have deleted your profile, you will probably want to delete the app too. This will save valuable storage.

Steps On iOS 14 and later:

  1. Locate Instagram on your iPhone Home screen, then press and hold the app's icon.
  2. You will see a pop-up menu. Tap Remove App.
  3. A Pop-up Menu on Ios 14 or Later

    A Pop-up Menu on Ios 14 or Later

  4. On the next pop-up, select Delete App > Delete.

On iOS 13:

  1. Locate Instagram on your iPhone Home screen, then press and hold the app's icon.
  2. Tap Edit Home Screen in the resulting menu.
  3. Edit Home screen on iPhone

    Edit Home screen on iPhone

  4. All apps will start jiggling, and tiny X icons will appear at the top of each app you can delete.
  5. Tap the X on Instagram.
  6. You will see a menu asking you to confirm that you intend to delete Instagram. Tap Delete.

On iOS 12 and earlier:

  1. Locate Instagram on your iPhone Home screen, then lightly touch and hold its icon until all the app icons jiggle. If they don't shake, you may be pressing too hard.
  2. Small X icons will appear next to each app. Tap the X next to Instagram.
  3. You will notice a pop-up menu, tap Delete.
Instagram pop-upon iOS 12 and earlier

AInstagram pop-upon iOS 12 and earlier

Reset the Instagram Password if You Forgot It

Before deleting your Instagram account, you must be able to sign in. This means you need your password. But, if you have forgotten the password, there are various ways you can reset it and be able to delete your Insta profile.

Steps via Phone Number

  1. Launch Instagram and open the sign-in page.
  2. Select Forgot Password.
  3. Tap the Phone option in the next window.
  4. Choose your country code and enter the phone number you used to register your account.
  5. Tap Send Login Link.
  6. Reset Instagram Password via Phone Number

    Reset Instagram Password via Phone Number

  7. Instagram will send you a link via message. Opening this URL will redirect you to create a new password.
  8. Input this password, verify it, and then delete your account.

Reset via Email

  1. Launch Instagram and open the sign-in page.
  2. Select Forgot Password.
  3. Click Forgot Password

    Click Forgot Password

  4. Tap Username or Email, then enter the email address connected to your Instagram profile.
  5. Select Send Email.
  6. Instagram will send you a link via Email. Use it to create a new password.

Reset via linked Facebook account

This option is only available if you had previously linked your Instagram to a Facebook account.

Steps:

  1. Launch Instagram and open the sign-in page.
  2. Select Log in with Facebook.
  3. Sign in to Instagram via Facebook

    Sign in to Instagram via Facebook

FAQs About Deleting Instagram On iPhone

Let us now look at some of the most frequently asked questions about erasing an Instagram account from an iPhone.

1. Why does it take one month to delete an Instagram account permanently?

The one-month period allows you to recover your account data if you have second thoughts about deleting your profile. This is because you cannot get your account or data back once the handle is erased.

2. Can I reactivate my Instagram account after a year?

Yes, you can. If you only disabled your handle, you can re-enable it anytime. However, if you delete the account, you cannot sign in after a year.

3. Can I retrieve my Instagram account after deleting it?

Yes, you can get it back. However, you can only access the account if you sign in within a month after erasing it. Once a month is over, you can't get it back.

Conclusion

That's it. You can now erase your Instagram profile and start afresh or stay off the app completely.

Despite Instagram being a fun application, there are multiple reasons why you may want to leave it, which is why this article comes in handy. Whether you intend to delete your account permanently or temporarily disable it, this guide is a suitable reference.

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