How to Temporarily Disable Instagram Account

Social media gives us the medium to be able to connect with friends and family over the internet. You can talk in private, or you can also share images and status which all of your online followers can see and react. Currently, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram are two major social network platforms with millions of daily active users. Facebook is still the number platform for people to socialize; Instagram is not far behind. Many people are slowly moving towards Instagram. Instagram offers a lot of features, and one of them is just to take a break from the platform. If you want to take a break from Instagram and hide all of your online activity for a limited period then, you can temporarily block your Instagram profile.

temporarily disable Instagram account

Temporarily disabling Instagram allows you to hide your profile, photos, your comments, messages, and likes for as long as you want. And when you decide to come back to the platform, you can simply enable your account to start from where you left. Many people would argue that of you want to get off the platform then you can simply delete the account. But I disagree. Deleting your account is permanent and if you want to come back to the platform, then you will have to start all over again whereas disabling give you the flexibility to come back to Instagram whenever you feel like without having to start all over again.

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How to Temporarily Disable Instagram Account

Many of us use Instagram on the mobile app for Android and iOS, but unfortunately, Instagram decided to omit the temporarily disable feature from the app. I don’t understand why Instagram did that, was it intentional or was there any technical difficulties? I don’t know for sure. Anyway since there is no option for a temporary block on the Instagram app, we need to use the browser.

Open your favorite browser; it can be Chrome if you are on Android or Safari if you are on iPhone/iPad.

Type instagram.com/accounts/edit in the address bar or you can click on this link directly. (If you don’t want to click the click, then you can go to your Instagram profile from browser and then click on the ‘Edit Profile.’)

Log in to your Instagram account if you are not already.

Edit Profile INstagram

Once you are in the ‘Edit Profile‘ menu, scroll down until you see “Temporarily disable my account.

Select disable reason

Clicking on the option will bring a new pop-up where you have to select a reason as to why you want to disable your account.

Temporarily Disable account Instagram

Once you select an appropriate reason, you need to enter your Instagram password again and click on the ‘Temporarily Disable Account‘ button.

Now your account has been temporarily disabled. Now no one can find your profile or your photos on Instagram anymore until your re-enable your account.

To re-enable your account, you need to log in back to your account, and it should be enabled again.

I hope my short article helped you. Please leave a comment and tell how and if this article helped you.

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