Instagram Delete

How to permanently delete a Instagram account

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Why you should delete Instagram!

Today’s new generations are pretty much raised with a phone in their hand, and studies say that it is normal for teens to put in up to 4 hours a day staring at the screen.

Their role models are people they see on platforms, who flex their muscles or perfect bikini bodies, they start to think that it’s normal, and that they have to look like that too. 

They don’t think about all the years of hard work and struggle, and more than often thousands of dollars spent on plastic surgery to get that perfect look.

I don’t think Instagram (and a lot of the other big platforms) helps young people to get a realistic view on life, and I would recommend every young person out there to permanently delete their Instagram account.

This article was made on June 18, 2020, and is 100% up to date. If anything should change with the way Instagram lets you delete your account I will update the article as fast as possible with the newest solution.  

How to Delete your Instagram Account fast!

  1. Go to Instagram’s official Delete Your Account page section.
  2. Select the reason for deleting Instagram permanently from drop-down menu.
  3. Re-enter your password and click ‘Permanently delete my account’.

    If you want to dig a little deeper and be sure of all the steps then read on.

Note: If you Delete your account you will also be deleting your profile, photos, videos, likes, comments, and any followers you have and they will be permanently deleted.

Deceased family member account’s can be memorialized or removed here.

Before deleting Instagram

  • Backup all your data if you’d like to save it.
  • Remove app permissions for other apps.
  • Delete related Instagram apps from your pc and phone.
  • Consider leaving a good bye note to notify friends of your departure

The Instagram delete account process

After 30 days of ‘deactivating’ your account, it will be permanently deleted. You have plenty of time to change your mind.

Do not sign in to your account during this time, if you do they will cancel the deletion request.

—Do not be fooled into a deactivation request. Deactivation is not deletion they still have all your data and they will use it.

What happens to all my data?

Deleting your account will remove all the Instagram data related to you. But in reality, it’s more complicated, and it could take about 90 days before everything is gone.

Allegations of working with NSA surveillance and multiple data-privacy breaches suggest that your data may never really be deleted when the government is involved.

Backup your data before deletion if you’d like a copy.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on your avatar in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on the gear icon next to your Edit Profile
  4. Select Privacy and Security.
  5. Scroll down to Data Download.
  6. Click Request Download.
  7. Type in your email address if it doesn’t automatically pop up, then click Next.
  8. Enter your password and click Request Download.

Now Instagram will create a file with all the photos, videos, and stories you’ve shared and email you a link to the file so you can download it. This process can take up to 48 hours, so have patience.

Leaving social data behind

No matter what you do, some personally identifiable information may still be out there. This could be something as simple as your name on a message unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg who owns it. Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 for $1bn.

Data shared with apps and advertisers is with them forever. As a Instagram user, you are leaving behind a valuable personal data footprint.

Where to hide from Instagram and facebook?

Instagram can track non-users via ‘like’ buttons and other similar means. You can minimize this and protect your privacy.

  • Switch to a privacy-focused browser like Brave.
  • Use an anonymous search engine like DuckDuckGo.
  • Use a secure messaging app like Telegram instead of Messenger.

Instagram is owned by Facebook so delete it too

Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus and he can use your data between the platforms to his advantage.

Keep this in mind when using their apps. Here is the delete link if you want to get rid of Facebook.

When will Instagram learn?

Instagram is now 10 years old. Their leadership has had well over a decade to learn from their privacy blunders and they still have consistently failed to control their greed for data.

Demanding privacy from surveillance capitalists … is like asking … a giraffe to shorten its neck, or a cow to give up chewing. These demands are existential threats that violate the basic mechanisms of the entity’s survival.’ – Shoshana Zuboff.

Why this Instagram delete “How-to” is a good idea!

Political campaigns and Free speech

Whatever your opinion is on Instagram’s policies, the company’s choices impact the whole world, they are just to big to let them play their opinions on normal people.

The mega social platforms need to be regulated. These systems are broken and open to international abuse. People with enough money or influence can push the platforms in ways that they like and control the mainstream picture.

Power corrupts even the best

Zuckerberg continues to dominate the social scene. The problem is that people have their own agenda and belives, when they get enough power they often try to push it unwllingly onto others. 

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Sir John Dalberg-Acton.

How they use "Dark Patterns" to trick you online!

‘Your data is very valuable to Instagram and they will try every possible thing they can to keep it’.

I’m not suggesting that Instagram is on purpose corrupt, but it is easy to see how an institution with that much power and reach would end up, under people who don’t necessarily have the best intentions for anybody but themselves.

If you have ever heard about “Dark Patterns” well you guessed it! That’s why you have a hard time trying to delete your account by yourself. 

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That was pretty much my Instagram delete guide. I hope you found the article useful and don’t hesitate to do it! just get rid of it and get on with your life.

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