I think we all need a break from social media at some point in our lives. On platforms such as Instagram, sometimes shutting off the social chitter-chatter can be one of the healthiest moves you make in life. There are many reasons why you may want to delete your Instagram account. Instagram is basically an anxiety fueling engine because you’re constantly being compared to other’s lives.
In fact, most of the time those lives are not even real, you’re simply seeing the good side of things, and that can take a toll on your mind.
Why You Should Delete Your Instagram Account?
It’s important to realize when it’s time to delete your account. If you’re starting to feel any of the signs listed below, it may be best to take a break from not just Instagram, but any form of social media.
- You’re having an uncontrollable urge to be present on social media
- You feel a sense of anxiety being away from Instagram
- Seeing other images of success, wealth and happiness makes feel down and unworthy
- Interactions within the real world have been decreasing over time
- You’re finding the social media culture offensive or abusive
- You are spending more than several hours a day on Instagram
To Delete, Or To Deactivate, What Should You Do?
There are some differences between deleting your account permanently or simply deactivating it till the next time you log in. When you delete your account permanently, everything will be gone, indefinitely. Your profile, photos, videos, and even any comment you’ve ever made will be removed. You will no longer be able to access any of your previous data, nor will you be able to log back in with your username. Moreover deleted accounts can not be reactivated.
When you deactivate your Instagram account, none of your data will actually be removed. Simply, all of your posts, videos, stories, and your username will be hidden from Instagram. Your friends will no longer be able to view your profile and it will seem to them that you may have blocked them. So you better tell your followers that you’re taking a break, or they’ll get the wrong idea. The great thing about deactivating your account is that there is no time limit as to long you can keep your account deactivated.
Now whichever option you choose is up to you. If you’re simply taking a break and you feel as if you’re going to come back after a while, just deactivate your account. But if you think you’ve had enough of Instagram, and are 100% sure, go ahead and delete your Instagram account. Whichever option you choose, we have instructions explaining how to go through with both methods.
How To Remove Your Instagram Account?
So you’ve finally decided to get rid of or take a break from Instagram. In this section, we’ll explain how easy and simple it is to delete your Instagram account. Firstly, you must be aware that it’s not possible to delete your account from the mobile app. Hence, you’ll need to access Instagram from your desktop browser in order to continue. We’ll consider both deactivating and deleting, so make the choice that suits you best.
Option #1: Deactivate Your Instagram Account
In order to deactivate your account (your account will not be permanently removed, just disabled) follow the instructions below. Remember, you can always re-activate your account by simply logging back in.
- Open your web browser log into your account here.
- Click on your profile image icon in the top right corner.
- Click on ‘Edit Profile’.
- Now scroll down to the very end, click ‘Temporarily disable my account’.
- In this section, select the reason as to why you are disabling your account and re-enter your password for security confirmation.
- Then press the blue ‘Temporarily Disable Account Button’ at the bottom.
Option #2: Delete Your Instagram Account
Now, remember, deleting your Instagram account will remove everything. You will never see any of your data ever again. Therefore, if you ever feel you need to save a copy of your posts before your delete your account, follow Instagram’s official guide on requesting a download of your data. Note, this may take up to 48 hours for Instagram to process your request. That being said, follow the instructions below to delete your Instagram account:
- Open your web browser and log into Instagram.
- Now click this link to be directed to the Delete Your Account page.
- Select a reason as to why you are deleting your account.
- When you are ready, re-enter your password and click the red ‘Permanently delete my account’ button.
How To Survive Without Instagram?
There’s proven research that social media addiction is similar to any other form of addiction. After you’ve deleted or deactivated your Instagram you’re going to experience some withdrawal symptoms. It’s going to be difficult keeping your hands away from creating a new account or logging back in. But here are some helpful tips you can use to make things easier:
- Remove Instagram’s Mobile App: It can be tempting to log back into your account if you have the mobile app still glaring into your eyes every time you open your phone. Therefore, it’s best you just uninstall it.
- Leave Your Phone at Home: When you’re going out for a walk, exercising or running errands, practice leaving your phone at home. Unless you feel like you’ll be going out for quite some time this is a great way to practice distancing from your device.
- Go to bed on Airplane mode: This is an excellent way to break the habit of waking up in the morning and checking for notifications.
We hope these methods will help you overcome the urge to use Instagram or any other social media platform. Stay disciplined, it is possible!
Deleting and deactivating your Instagram account is a piece of cake, but there is a lot of thought that goes into doing it. Sometimes, you just need a break and turn off the social switch, create social media boundaries and set yourself free from Instagram.
If you ever feel as if you’re missing out on social media. Don’t. Everything you need to fuel your passion, motivation, and success is already existing around you, in the real world.