Yeah, yeah, I know considering what we do on this forum not many people will need this. But I find it a little strange that Instagram doesn't let you do this easily unless you actually know how, so I want this information to be out there. A little rant first though
There's no denying that social technology is pretty cool. Using free services such as Slack or Trello, you can coordinate a project – anything from starting a new business to planning a picnic – with dozens of people without any information clutter or fuss, wherever they are in the world. If you have family on three continents, it's easy to keep up with them on Facebook. It used to be that placing an international call was a complicated and immensely expensive thing; you would actually make notes beforehand on everything you needed to say. Skype now makes it possible to phone anyone outside Antarctica and the Gobi Desert, for nothing.
Problems arise not with technology, but the way people use it. One woman who crashed her car claimed that she wasn't responsible, because she was addicted to texting. In another case, “cell phone rage” caused a man to be beaten to death in a bar – apparently he refused to change what witnesses described as a very annoying ringtone.
On a less drastic level, spending huge amounts of time on social media means you have fewer hours available to spend in real life. You can have thousands of friends and followers online, but still be lonely. And, when did food porn become a thing? I know what a salad looks like; I've eaten them myself. There is rarely any good reason to photograph soup, and sending everyone you know pictures of your lunch is just obnoxious (unless you're dining on live octopus or something).
The ease with which photos and videos can be uploaded has stopped people from thinking about whether or not something is worth sharing. Along with everything else we're exposed to, this can eventually lead to a state where we have trouble distinguishing between what's important and what's trivial – infobesity. If the deluge of news, gossip and salad pics is becoming too much for you, going cold turkey on the Instagram might just be good for you.
It pays to think about whether you really want this to be permanent, though. An Instagram account is part of your personal online brand; and deleting it forever really means forever – you'll lose all your likes and connections. You could try just not checking it for a few days, or deactivate your account temporarily. However, if you've made up your mind that you're better off without it, these easy steps are all that's required:
Granted, most of the above is for the general population, the world out there not our community here, but it generally holds true.
How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account
Step One: Log into Instagram, not through the app but on www.instagram.com. If you've forgotten your password, no problem, just click on “Forgot”.
Step Two: Access your profile by clicking the icon looking like a person near the top right corner. To the right of your username, there's a button called “Edit Profile” you should click.
Step Three: Click on the link “Temporarily disable my account”. This is what Instagram wants you to do instead of deleting it, and where the trick comes in. In your browser's address bar, replace “/temporary/” with “/permanent/” and press Enter.
Step Four: You should now be on a page with the heading “Delete Your Account.” Just pick a reason and click on through. Be warned, though: you can't reverse your decision later, and you'll never be able to use the same username again.
Why is how to delete your Instagram account not easier? Why doesn't Instagram (which is the same company as Facebook) want you to leave? Well, you make them money. They get paid to show ads to you, and you taking off costs them a few cents per month. Also, part of the Facebook business is collecting and collating data on you and people like you: what websites you visit, what products you like and even what opinions you have. Knowing these things helps them target marketing more effectively, and every user they keep adds a few drops of information to the stream.
Now you know, if you ever get tired of Instagram and want to spite them you can just delete your account ... or just sent them over, we'll take care of them for you