How to Delete All of Your Instagram Photos
If you have several photos that you want to delete, Instagram does not provide any tools for carrying out the task. As time goes by, your Instagram account becomes overwhelmed with photos and posts of the past, some of which you may no longer want to display.
Perhaps you feel it is time to purge your old photos, but you want to keep your account open. After all, creating a new account, gathering all of your friends and followers, and starting over can be quite a headache. The simplest way to remove everything is by deleting your account entirely, but in doing so, you run into the other issue of setting up a new account.
Fortunately, you can use some alternative methods to keep your account open but still remove Instagram photos. There are also third-party apps that do the trick. Thankfully, some app developers have stepped up to the plate, which gives you some good choices to delete all Instagram photos.
Option #1: Use a Hashtag to Bulk-Delete Instagram Images
This workaround is somewhat tedious, but it gets the job done.
Note: You can only do this workaround using Android or iOS applications. It won’t work from a web browser. If you feel it’s easier to use a computer, you can download an emulator like Bluestacks, install the Android version of Instagram, then perform this workaround there.
This process is perhaps the smoothest way for you to delete all of your Instagram posts. Here’s how to do it.
- Locate one of your Instagram posts, click the “horizontal ellipsis” (three horizontal dots) in the upper right-hand corner, then select “Edit.”
- Make up a “hashtag” that you know no one will use, as seen in the image below. Tap the “checkmark” once you’ve added it to your post. Do this for each picture you’ve posted.
- Type your newly created hashtag into the “Search Box” at the top.
This process filters the results so that all of your marked posts and pictures with the hashtag appear, and then you can quickly delete them from one place.
Option#2: Use Third-Party Apps Designed to Mass-Delete Photos on Instagram
The best and most efficient way to delete all images from your Instagram account is to use third-party applications.
iOS/iPhone Bulk Image Deleters for Instagram
InstaClean – Cleaner for IG on iOS
InstaClean is available on iPhone and provides the following features:
- Delete all your photo posts
- Manage your followers and links list
- Mass unfollow select users in your account
- Mass unlike
- Mass accept ew followers
- And much more!
- $0.00 for up to 50 actions
- $4.99 for 1 month
- $17.99 for 6 months
- $23.99 for 1 year
InstaClean is free to try with limitations and works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (Requires iOS 10.0 or later). There was an Android app, but it is no longer available. The free version gives you up to 50 actions before upgrading to a subscription.
There are a couple of other IG image deletion apps for iOS, but they have poor reviews and struggle with their functionality.
Instagram Bulk Image Deleters for Android
Unfortunately, there are no longer any bulk Instagram image deleters for Android OS. Be cautious and read into any Android apps that claim they bulk delete Instagram photos and posts. Copycats are out there that change the names and the look but carry the same code with minor adjustments or malware. The Instagram management apps available on Google Play only include bulk unlike and unfollow Instagram options.
Option 3: Use Third-Party Apps Not Specifically Designed for Instagram
How to Delete All Instagram Photos using Auto Clicker on Android
Auto-Clicker by True Developers Studio is a free Android app that lets you automate repeated taps and swipes in any app or screen on your Android. This free feature works nicely for deleting all your Instagram photos. Once you play around with the app, you will be very excited by its possibilities.
- Launch your “Instagram app” and the “Auto Clicker app.”
- Tap on “Enable” under “Multi Targets Mode.”
This method allows multiple tapping points with a delay between taps.
- On Instagram, go to your “posted content.” Tap the green “+” symbol to create a tap point, which becomes a circle with the number “1” inside it.
- Drag that “circle” to the first post on your home page, on the left side, and tap the “cogwheel” (Settings).
- Tap on the “Play” button and pause it when the next available option appears. You can then tap the “green plus icon” again and follow the same steps as above.
- Your screen should now look something like this:
- Once you set up “Auto-Clicker,” tap on the “blue play button.” It will perform the instructed actions for you. You can tap on the “cogwheel” (Settings icon) and edit each instruction if it’s slightly off.
In the time delay box, you can leave it at 100 milliseconds or, if your phone is perhaps a little sluggish, change it to 200 or 300 milliseconds. This extended delay gives the app time to run and load information so that the auto tapping doesn’t override it.
Run this saved command repeatedly for hundreds or thousands of iterations, automatically and without human oversight.
You can turn off the “Auto Click” app interface by disabling it on the app’s home screen. Open the program and choose “Disable” under “Target Mode,” just as you did when you initially enabled it.
Auto-Clicker is a powerful application that you can use on many programs; it isn’t just for speeding up your Instagram process!
In closing, bulk-deleting your Instagram photos and images does not exist, but you have the workarounds mentioned above. As for archiving options, there isn’t a built-in way to mass archive more than one photo (at the same time), and there isn’t an app that currently lets you do it either. Maybe in the future, Instagram will release a bulk-archive option or an option to bulk-delete photos. Until then, have patience!
Instagram Bulk-Delete Photos FAQs
Can’t I delete my Instagram account rather than delete all images?
You can delete your IG account if you want, but you lose everything stored in that account and cannot use the same email or username for a new profile. If you’d like to delete your entire Instagram account rather than using other methods, you definitely can, but the cons outweigh the pros.
Can I get in trouble with Instagram for using third-party apps?
There is a slight possibility that you’ll get in trouble. We only say yes because Instagram states that it may lead to a violation of terms of service. Using something like Auto-Clicker isn’t exactly hacking or modding Instagram’s software, so you should be safe to perform these actions without consequences from Instagram.
What if my Instagram is tied to my Facebook account?
Ultimately, the IG bulk-delete methods above do not affect your Facebook account unless you’ve shared your content from Instagram to Facebook. For example, if you shared a cat-funny image from Instagram to Facebook, it may disappear from both. If you are concerned about losing content on Facebook, you can always repost it on that platform manually.
Are third-party apps safe?
Third-party safety and privacy depend on the applications. There are a lot of third-party apps out there that make promises, such as deleting your entire Instagram history. First, read the reviews and analyze the permissions. If asked for personal information or login information, it’s probably best to avoid that app.
Can I archive all my Instagram photos instead of mass-deleting them?
Yes, you can use the archive option on Instagram. The “Archive” feature resides in the “…” option in the upper section above the photo on the iPhone. For Android, the “Archive” option is underneath “Copy Link.” You can also un-archive images if you made a mistake or want them back. For reversal, “Archive” gets replaced with “Show on Profile.”