Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in Malaysia, with over 25 million active users as of 2023. However, there may be times when you want to take a break from the app or delete your account permanently. Maybe you want to focus on other things, protect your privacy, or avoid online drama. Whatever your reason, deleting or deactivating your Instagram account is not hard to do. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Decide Whether You Want to Delete or Deactivate Your Account
There is a big difference between deleting and deactivating your Instagram account. When you delete your account, you will lose all your photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers forever. You will also not be able to use the same username again if you ever want to come back. When you deactivate your account, your profile and content will be hidden from other users, but you can still log back in and reactivate it anytime you want. Your data will be preserved and restored when you reactivate.
So, before you proceed, think carefully about which option suits you better. If you are not sure, you can try deactivating your account first and see how it feels. You can always delete it later if you want.
Step 2: Open the Instagram App
You cannot delete or deactivate your Instagram account from a web browser. You need to use the Instagram app on your mobile device. Open the app and log in with your username and password.
Step 3: Access Your Account Settings
Tap on your profile picture in the bottom right corner to go to your profile page. From there, tap on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner to access the menu. Scroll down and tap on “Settings.”
Step 4: Choose “Help” and Select “Help Center”
In the “Settings” menu, scroll down and tap on “Help.” Then, tap on “Help Center.”
Step 5: Search for “Delete or Deactivate Account” and Follow the Instructions
In the “Help Center,” use the search bar at the top to search for “Delete or Deactivate Account.” You will see a list of articles related to this topic. Choose the article that corresponds to your intention: “How do I delete my account?” or “How do I temporarily disable my account?”
Follow the instructions provided in the chosen article to either delete or deactivate your Instagram account. You may need to provide additional information or confirm your decision with your password.
That’s it! You have successfully deleted or deactivated your Instagram account. You can now enjoy more time for yourself, your family, or other hobbies. If you ever miss Instagram, you can always create a new account or reactivate your old one.