Intrigued by the many photos taken and published by your friends, you decided to download the app Instagram. So you immediately began to take pictures as well..but after the initial enthusiasm you started to slow down, using the famous application less and less. Have you decided to cancel Instagram account but you have no clue how to do it? Well, I can explain to you how to proceed.
It may seem complicated but, believe me, is easier than you think.
Then let’s start.
Before explaining what you need to do in order to delete Instagram account there is one thing you need to keep in mind: there are two different ways to remove your profile and the contents associated with it. A first procedure allows you to delete the Instagram account temporarily while the other allows you to do this permanently.
The first procedure allows you to simply suspend for a specified period of time your profile, just in case you want to take a short break. The other one instead, will delete Instagram account in a definitive way. So it’s up to you to choose the solution that best suits your needs.
Whatever the procedure you decide to carry on, before cancelling Instagram accounts, I suggest you to make a backup of your photos and videos in order to always be able to access them in case of need.
In order to make a backup of your photos and videos on Instagram you can use 4K Stogram, a free program available for both Windows and Mac.
First step you need to take, is to download the program on your computer. To do so, copy and paste this link on google — https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-stogram and then press the “Get 4K Stogram” button to download the program.
Now, if you’re using a PC with Windows installed, double click on the file you just downloaded. Once opened the window, click Yes first, then OK and Next. Accept the conditions by putting the check mark next to “I accept the terms of the license agreement”, click on Next (for four times) then on Install and then on Finish to finish the installation process. If needed, remove the check from Amazon related items to avoid installing additional toolbar for the browser.
If you are using a Mac instead, the procedure it’s easier. You just need to open .dmg downloaded on your computer and copy the 4K Stogram icon in OS X Application folder.
Once you have finish the download, run 4k Stogram by clicking on the icon, wait until it opens, then type your Instagram username in the search box located at the top of the window and click on Subscribe
Now, the program will automatically download all the photos and videos from your profile. The images will be stored in the computer’s Images / 4K Stogram folder
Now that you have backed up the images on your account, you are finally ready to find out what steps you need to take to be able to delete the Instagram profile permanently. This procedure is irreversible! So think carefully before putting it into practice.
All you need to do to delete an Instagram profile is to click here https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=/accounts/remove/request/permanent/ to connect to the appropriate section of the Instagram website from your computer. If requested, log in to the service by typing in your Instagram username and password.
When logged in, indicate the reason why you want to unsubscribe from Instagram using the drop down menu located next to “Why are you deleting your account ?” Among the given options available you find concerns about privacy, a new account, difficulty finding followers and other reasons: you choose the one that you consider most compatible with your situation.
Then, enter the password of your Instagram account in the text field that appears at the bottom of the page next to the entry “To continue, enter the password again” and then press the red button with written “Delete my account permanently” to unsubscribe in a definitive way from Instagram.
Once you have completed the procedure to delete Instagram profile you can safely delete the social network app even from your mobile phone:
If you are not convinced to abandon Instagram in a definitive way, instead of following the procedure I indicated in the previous lines you can cancel, or better disable your account temporarily and preserve the opportunity to reactivate it if you change your mind.
To delete Instagram profile temporarily, just click here https://www.instagram.com/ to connect to the appropriate section of the Instagram site from your computer. If requested, log in with your account information and then click on the “man” icon placed at the top right and press Edit profile on the page of your personal profile.
Now, select Temporarily disable my account at the bottom of the screen, choose the reason why you are deactivating your profile (ex° I need a break) from the drop down menu Why are you deactivating your account? and complete the operation by typing the Instagram password in the appropriate text field that appears at the bottom of the page next to the entry To continue, re-enter the password and press the red button with written Temporarily disable my account.
Afterwards, in order to cancel this procedure and, consequently, to reactivate your account, all you have to do is access the social network through the app or through its website using the data related to your account and confirm your willingness to reopen the profile.
If you don’t want to delete the Instagram profile temporarily but simply want to prevent it being visible to everyone, for privacy or other reasons, you can turn your account into “private”, in this way it will be visible only to your old followers and to the people to whom you will provide the relative link.
To make your Instagram profile Private you have to open the app of Instagram on your smartphone by pressing on its icon on the screen, tap on the “little man” icon placed at the bottom right and then on the “gear wheel” button in the upper right corner. Finally, turn the lever on the Private account option to ON.
Even if I suggested you to do these procedures from your PC, you can also delete your Instagram account using your mobile or Tablet. Keep in mind you can’t do so directly from the App itself but you need to use the browser. Once done that, just follow the steps I showed you.