How to delete your Instagram Threads account

How to delete your Instagram Threads account
Credit: Meta

How to delete your Instagram Threads account
Credit: Meta

If you've signed up for Instagram Threads, but found it didn't meet your expectations or suit your preferences, you might want to delete your Instagram Threads account.

As Instagram Threads is a relatively new app, many users are still navigating its features and functionalities. One common challenge that users encounter is locating the option to delete their Threads account.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps to either deactivate or completely delete your Instagram Threads account.

How to delete your Instagram Threads account

Unfortunately, there is no separate option to delete just your Threads account.

To delete your Instagram Threads account, you will need to delete your entire Instagram account since Threads is closely linked to your Instagram profile. It's the same reason why you need an Instagram account for Threads.

However, if you wish to remove your presence from Instagram Threads, you have the option to deactivate your Threads account. Here is how to deactivate your Instagram Threads:

  • Go to your profile and tap the double dash icon in the top right corner.
  • Select Account > Deactivate profile.
  • Tap Deactivate Threads profile.
  • Confirm your action by tapping Deactivate.

Please note that it is currently not possible to deactivate your Instagram Threads account from the Threads website.

Users have expressed dissatisfaction with the absence of a separate delete option for Threads. There is a possibility that Meta will take user feedback into consideration and potentially introduce a dedicated delete option in the future.

What does deactivating your Instagram Threads account do?

Deactivating your Instagram Threads account will temporarily hide your profile, threads, replies and likes. All the content you have shared will remain on the app's servers and will once again become visible to others when you reactivate your account by logging back in.

If you wish to remove your posts/threads entirely, you will need to manually delete them individually. Alternatively, you can opt for the "nuclear option" by deleting your entire Instagram account. By doing so, you will effectively remove Threads along with all its associated content.

It's important to note that even if you decide to delete your Instagram account, your Threads data will still be retained on the servers for a period of up to 90 days. However, it will not be visible to anyone.

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