How To Delete Your Instagram Account


If you really, really want to delete your Instagram account, it's pretty easy
If you really, really want to delete your Instagram account, it's pretty easy

So you decided to quit Instagram. You already exported your photos with Instaport, but is that enough to stop the Evil Empire from mining your account for yet more information to sell to advertisers?*

What you need to do, my friend, is delete your Instagram account entirely. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, an almost one-click process — unlike quitting Facebook itself, which is all but impossible.

Yesterday, after Darth Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was acquiring everyone’s favorite photo-sharing service Instagram, Twitter was aflame with hatred, and many a tweet promised that its writer was totally going to delete their account, like, real soon now. So I asked my incredibly smart Twitter followers if any of them had actually deleted their accounts yet. The replies were an almost equal mix between “Hell yeah. Already done,” “I’m going to wait to see if Facebook actually ruins it.”

So, how do you do it? Simple. Just visit the account removal page (linked from this support page for the paranoid) and follow along. Unlike Facebook, which pretends to delete your account, Instagram will nuke everything from orbit. Not just your photos, but your comments, likes, friendships and even your username will be dust (and you can’t even start a new account with the same name in the future).

If you care, I’m in the “wait and see” camp. Instagram is my favorite social network, and I’m hoping that Facebook will let it live as it is. Sort of like what Yahoo did to Flickr, only without the whole ignoring-it-until-it-withers-and-dies part.

[Via Ben Brooks]

*Not that all this info wasn’t free to see all along, anyway.

  • Julian Velasquez

    i really don’t understand why such a HUGE deal is being made about facebook aiming to acquire instagram. whiny people are deleting their instagram accounts simply because facebook’s name has become attached… despite zuckerberg saying instragram will remain an independent app and that the instragram team is still going to be intact… people are afraid of change, but they don’t know if this change will be good or bad yet. i’d say people are jumping ship far too early…

  • Jairo Gomez

    People are so dramatic oh my gosh >_<

  • Aaron

    Done and done. Thanks, guys! I deleted the application but didn’t delete my account.

    I’m not jumping ship too early: I deleted my Facebook account several months ago because of privacy concerns. Since Instagram will be flying under the same flag, those same privacy concerns could become an issue.

  • Bguss

    The problem with that ‘change’ is, it’s very likely Facebook will implement much of its practices in its Facebook site to Instagram. Ie. selling your data (including your pics), not being able to delete your photos, and eventually not being able to delete your account or Facebook’s pseudo delete. Facebook will ‘attempt’ to ‘fix’ what isn’t broken, and mess the whole thing up. If they can and have done it to their own site, it’s very likely they’ll do it with their new site, Instagram. It’s not a question of ‘IF’. It’s a question of when. If you don’t care about any of this, then it wouldn’t be a ‘HUGE’ deal. But for most privacy and control of one’s own account is important.

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    How do you delete a Cult of Mac account?

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