How to delete Instagram account temporarily

You have to admit that Instagram can sometimes be distracting. It can be addictive to scroll endlessly through your feed or Reels for hours, it is true. We have been there. You have two options: temporarily or permanently deactivate the account if you want to detox Instagram. You cannot disable your Instagram account temporarily from the app. Instead, you’ll need to use a computer or laptop.

How to delete your Instagram account temporarily

This guide will show you how to disable Instagram from your computer/laptop.

  1. Open your Instagram account on your computer/laptop
  2. In the upper right corner, click on the profile photo
  3. Scroll down and go to “Edit Profile”.
  4. Click on “Temporarily Disable my Account”
  5. The reason you made this decision will be entered.
  6. After that, you can enter your password. Click on “Temporarily Disable Account”, and then you’re good to go.

Temporarily disabling an account will temporarily hide your profile and photos until you activate it again.

After you have completed your detox/break you can log back in from either the web or mobile app to activate your Instagram.

It is possible to permanently delete an account, but it can take up to 90 days. The social media site keeps a copy of your account backup for up to 90 days. Instagram stated that they use backups in case of disaster, software errors, or data loss. Your information may be stored for legal purposes, violations of terms, or to prevent harm. This information can be found in our Data Policy.



Instagram is a social media site that can be addicting. You have to admit that Instagram can sometimes be distracting. Instagram has two options: 1. you can deactivate your account temporarily or 2. you can delete your account permanently. If you want to detox from Instagram, then you will probably choose