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How to temporarily disable your Instagram account



  Person using the smartphone app to temporarily disable their Instagram account
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Want to take a break from Instagram? That is very reasonable. Instead of deleting the app or your profile, try temporarily deactivating your Instagram account. If you can come back in a month, everything will be exactly like you left the social network.

How to temporarily disable your Instagram account

If you temporarily disable your Instagram account, your profile will be deleted from the social network for a certain period of time. that you want outside the site. Your Instagram URL will be invalid, users will not be able to find you in the search results and they will not be able to contact you. These features are restored when you reactivate your account.

You can temporarily deactivate your Instagram account, regardless of whether it is a personal account, a creator account or a business account.

Strangely, you cannot disable your account through the Instagram app on iPhone or Android. You should use the Instagram website instead.

Start by opening the Instagram website on your desktop or smartphone browser and log in with the account you want to disable.

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Next, go to your Profile tab and select the "Edit Profile" option.

 Tap the Edit Profile button in your Instagram Profile

Alternatively, you can use this link to jump directly to the "Edit Profile" screen.

Scroll down here and select the link "Temporarily disable my account".

 Tap Temporarily disable my account on Instagram

Instagram will now ask you why you want to deactivate your account. You can select a reason from the drop-down menu. If you don't want to specify a reason, select the "Something else" option.

After making the choice, enter your Instagram password.

 Select the reason and enter your Instagram password

Tap the blue button "Temporarily disable account" at the bottom of the screen for the second time. Instagram asks you to confirm that you want to continue for the third time. Tap the "Yes" button in the pop-up.

 Tap Temporarily disable account and select Yes on Instagram website

Your Instagram account will now be disabled and you will be logged out from the Instagram app on your smartphone. To confirm, you can try to search for your Instagram username. Instagram will tell you that the user doesn't exist or they haven't posted anything yet.

 Instagram shows page not found for temporarily disabled Instagram account

How to reactivate your Instagram account

You can come back at any time and reactivate your disabled Instagram account. All you need is your username and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can try to reset it.

Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device or visit the Instagram website.

Sign in here with your Instagram username and password.

 Tap Login to reactivate the disabled Instagram account

Your account will be immediately restored to its former glory. For added security, you will need to change your Instagram password after reactivating your account.


Don't you want to come back? You can completely delete your Instagram account.

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