How to Reset Your Instagram Account [September 2021]
Thanks to its easy photo and video sharing capabilities, Instagram has become an incredibly popular and must-have social media app. However, there may come a time when you decide to leave the app, or you need to find a way to regain access to the app.
If you want to reset something on your Instagram account, you are likely searching for a way to reset your username, password, email address, or phone number. Or you might be searching for a way to reset your entire account, deleting all of your old photos, likes, and followers.
Whatever your reasons for being here, we’ve got you covered – from fixing those login credentials to wiping the slate clean. Let’s take a look at how you can quickly and easily reset your Instagram account.
How to Reset Your Instagram Password
To start, let’s first look at how to reset your password, as this is one of the most common issues Instagram users run into. If you’re locked out of your account and can’t seem to sign into Instagram, we have a few suggestions.
First, if you’ve linked your Instagram and Facebook account together, try logging in with your Facebook profile. Logging in with Facebook may be all you need to get back into your account, where you can change and update your password. Follow these steps to reset your password:
- Tap “Forgot password?”
- You’ll have three options: “Username,” “Phone,” and “Log In With Facebook.”
- If you know your Facebook login and it’s connected to your Instagram, select that option.
- Otherwise, enter your username, email address, or phone number. You will be sent an email address with a link to reset your password and log back into your account.
If you do not receive a link to reset your password, then you may have been hacked, and the hacker may have changed the information in your account to keep you from being able to regain access. Alternately, you may not remember the original username, email address, or phone number you used for the account.
If this is the case, don’t worry–there’s another option.
- Open the app.
- Tap “Forgot password?”
- Tap “Need more help?”
- Fill out the information on the screen, then tap “Request Support.”
Fill out the information as much information as you can. The more convincing you can be that you are the legitimate owner of the account, the more likely it is that Instagram will decide to give you access back. Include any additional details that the security team might need to help them make an accurate decision.
However, keep in mind that this may not work. Instagram works hard to make sure people cannot gain access to accounts they do not own, so they have to err on the side of caution when they receive a request for additional assistance in logging in. If you cannot prove that you are the real owner of the account, you might not be able to get back into your account.
How to Delete All Your Instagram Photos
Here is where things get a little more tricky. Ideally, Instagram would let you mass delete posts and photos. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Instagram not only neglects an option to delete all of your posts at one time, they also make it more difficult to use third-party services to delete all posts.
Use Third-Party Applications
At one time you could search for Instagram cleaners on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store and a number of reliable applications would appear. However, in September of 2021, many of our trusted options are gone. While some do remain, not all are reputable. Before using any of the cleaner apps available, be sure to read the reviews.
These applications will need to access your Instagram account and some, less-reputable options may cause more problems. The applications that we’ve found to be most useful are as follows:
Upon installation of these applications, you will need to sign in with your Instagram credentials. Instagram will send you a login verification code as though you are logging into a new web browser. Confirm that code and proceed with the steps to delete all of your posts.
Most applications have a similar layout and functionality, with a ‘Select All’ option to remove all of your posts.
- Download and install the app from the app store.
- Log in with your Instagram credentials.
- Go to the “Media” tab along the bottom row of icons.
- Tap on all the photos you want to delete.
- Tap “Action” in the upper right corner.
- Tap “Delete.”
This makes starting fresh on Instagram an easy feat. We also have an article here that explores more methods to delete all of your Instagram posts easier.
If you’d like to reset your Instagram account without the use of third-party tools, you will need to delete each post manually. But this will take a long time depending on how many posts you have.
Archive Your Old Posts
Before you go crazy deleting everything, know that you can easily archive old pictures. Archiving means that no one can see them except you. Essentially, this allows you to hide photos without actually getting rid of them.
To archive a photo, follow these steps:
- Open the photo you want to archive.
- Tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner.
- Tap “Archive.”
To view archived photos, go to your profile, and tap on the three horizontal lines. Tap on the ‘Archive’ option. There, you can view all of your previous stories and your archived photos. Tap on the ‘Archived Stories’ option at the top of the page to choose between your Stories, posts, and Live content.
How to Delete Your Account and Open it Again
If you’re going to go full-on erasure on this thing and every last shred of your Instagram account, you can do that from within the app itself. Note that following the instructions below will permanently remove all of your comments and likes, as well as reset your follower account to zero.
Still interested? Start by deleting your Instagram account.
- Go to the special Delete Your Account page on your mobile device or desktop.
- Select a reason for deletion from the drop-down menu.
- Re-enter your account password.
- Click or tap “Permanently delete my account.”
Note: If you choose this method, you will need to wait 14 days to reuse your username.
You can now create a new account with the same username–unless someone got to your username in the interim. Once you have your new account, it will be like a brand new account. Sometimes a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since Instagram doesn’t make it easy to reset your account, you may have more questions. That’s what this section is for. Keep reading for the answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Can I reactivate My Instagram Account?
If you’ve temporarily disabled your account, you can reactivate it by logging in with the same credentials. If you’ve permanently deactivated your account, you cannot reactivate it. Assuming there were some issues and your account was deleted by a hacker or Instagram, contact the Instagram Support Team for more help.
Can I create a new account with the same login info?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot activate a brand new account with the same username that you once had.
Why am I locked out of my Instagram account?
Whether your account is saying that the password is incorrect or Instagram has disabled your account, there are several reasons your account is inaccessible. If you’ve tried the steps above and cannot access your account, contact Instagram Support. Also, check your emails for any messages from Instagram. This may give you insight if you’ve violated the community guidelines or your account has been hacked.
If I delete my Facebook account, how do I access Instagram?
If you choose to delete your Facebook account, but it is also the login option for Instagram, you’ll have to unlink the accounts before deactivating your Facebook page. To do this, head to Settings on Instagram, click on ‘Account,’ then tap on ‘Linked accounts.’ Set up a new username and password, then safely delete your Facebook account.
Can I delete all of my Instagram posts at once?
While you can’t delete all of your Instagram posts at once within the app, there are a few workarounds. If you want to remove everything at one time, we have an article outlining those workarounds here. But, if you want to use the Instagram app, you’ll need to delete each post one by one.
Instagram has become a staple app on nearly everyone’s smartphone. While it is a great app for sharing photos and videos with your friends, family, and followers, you might decide one day that it’s time to start fresh.
If so, the methods outlined above can be used to quickly and easily reset your Instagram account so that you can get back to using the app as you wish.