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How to Delete a Linked Instagram Account

Did you create a second Instagram account in the past?

If you did, the account will be linked with Instagram.

You can switch between your first and your second Instagram account by navigating to your profile and tapping on your username at the top navigation bar.

Then, select the account that you want to switch to.

If you want to unlink your second Instagram account, you can do so by logging out of it.

However, when you log out of it, the account will not be deleted.

Instead, it’ll just be unlinked with Instagram and you’ll have to log in to it again if you want to re-link it.

But what if you want to delete your linked Instagram account permanently?

In this guide, you’ll learn how to delete a linked Instagram account.

How to delete a linked Instagram account

To delete a linked Instagram account, you must first navigate to the “Delete Your Account” page in Instagram’s Help Center.

Then, tap on “Delete Your Account”, log in to the Instagram account that you want to delete, and complete the form to delete your account.

You won’t be able to delete your Instagram account in the app itself.

This is because Instagram does not have a feature for it yet.

Hence, if you want to delete your linked Instagram account, you have to navigate to the Instagram Help Center instead.

On the Instagram Help Center, you need to find the form that contains the link to delete your Instagram account.

You can do this on a mobile device or on a desktop.

Here’s how you can delete a linked Instagram account in 3 steps:

  1. Navigate to the “Delete Your Account” page
  2. Tap on “Delete Your Account”
  3. Complete the “Delete your account” form

1. Navigate to the “Delete Your Account” page

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Firstly, you need to visit the “Delete Your Account” page on the Instagram Help Center.

Firstly, you need to navigate to the “Delete Your Account” page on the Instagram Help Center.

You can only visit the Instagram Help Center on a browser.

Open a browser (e.g. Chrome, Safari) on your device.

Then, search for “delete Instagram account” on Google.

Once you’ve searched for “delete Instagram account” on Google, tap on the first search result.

Alternatively, you can visit the “Delete Your Account” page by using this link: https://help.instagram.com/139886812848894.

How do I delete my Instagram account?

Next, tap on the “How do I delete my Instagram account” heading.

Once you’re on the “Delete Your Account” page on the Instagram Help Center, you’ll see some frequently asked questions.

There are three frequently asked questions including “How do I temporarily disable my Instagram account”, “How do I delete my Instagram account”, and “How do I access or review my data on Instagram?”.

If you want to know how to temporarily disable your Instagram account, tap on the first question.

On the other hand, if you want to get a copy of your data on Instagram, tap on the third question.

Since you’re looking to delete your linked Instagram account, tap on “How do I delete my Instagram account”.

Proceed to the next step to learn how to navigate to the form to delete your linked Instagram account.

2. Tap on “Delete Your Account”

How to delete your linked Instagram account

Tap on the “Delete Your Account” link on the first step.

After you’ve tapped on the “How do I delete my Instagram account” header, you’ll see a long answer on how you can delete your Instagram account permanently.

The answer informs you that when you delete your Instagram account, your followers, likes, comments, videos, photos, and profile will be permanently deleted.

Scroll down until you reach the “To request the permanent deletion of your account” heading.

Under the “To request the permanent deletion of your account” heading, you’ll see a step-by-step guide on how you can delete your Instagram account.

On the first step, you’ll see the “Delete Your Account” link.

Tap on “Delete Your Account” to proceed to the “Delete your account” page.

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Log in to the Instagram account that you want to delete.

After you’ve tapped on “Delete Your Account”, you’ll land on the login screen of Instagram.

On the login screen, log in to the Instagram account that you want to delete.

Make sure to key in the username and password of the Instagram account that you want to delete.

Otherwise, you may end up deleting the wrong Instagram account.

Then, tap on “Log in” to log in to your Instagram account.

Proceed to the final step to learn how to delete your linked Instagram account using a form.

3. Complete the “Delete your account” form

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Complete the “Delete your account” form to delete your linked Instagram account permanently.

After you’ve logged into your linked Instagram account, you’ll land on the “Delete your account” page.

On the “Delete your account” page, you’ll see a dropdown box and a password field.

Firstly, tap on the “Why do you want to delete x?” dropdown box (x being your account’s username).

After you’ve tapped on the dropdown box, select why you want to delete your account.

Then, re-enter your password on the password field.

Lastly, tap on “Delete x” (x being your account’s username) to delete your linked Instagram account permanently.

Make sure that the username shown is the Instagram account that you want to delete.

If it isn’t, log out of your Instagram account first and log in to the account that you want to delete.

Conclusion

Deleting an Instagram account should be your last resort.

This is because your followers, likes, comments, videos, photos, and profile will be permanently deleted.

If you’re persistent in deleting your Instagram account, make sure to request a copy of your data first.

That way, you’ll be able to see your photos, comments, profile information, and more in one place.

However, if you don’t have any photos, you can delete your Instagram account without downloading your data.

Further Reading

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