How to Delete Your Old Instagram Account If You Do Not Remember the Password

So you've decided to cleanse your social media accounts for some reason. Maybe you don't feel it's wise to upload so much personal information and share it with the world and potentially nosey neighbors. Or maybe you just don't use your accounts so much and you've decided to delete them for good. Perhaps you want to start a brand new account. Or maybe it's some reason entirely. Either way, sometimes it's a good idea to get rid of everything entirely and start over. But what can you do if you want to delete your old Instagram account and you can't remember the password? Well, there is a solution.

Normally, to delete your Instagram account you'd need to be logged in first. You can see how this would be a big problem if you can't remember your password. Before you do anything else I would suggest you try all of your old passwords (that you can remember) and see if one of them works. If that fails I suggest you try the Instagram account recovery page. Instagram can send a message to the email account you used to create your account in the first place (assuming it's not connected to your Facebook profile).

Accessing your Instagram account via email

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  2. Tap "Forgotten password" on the login screen.
  3. Select either "Username" or "e-mail" and enter your username or the email address you used when creating your account.
  4. Press "Search" in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. Tap "Send email" to renew password.
  6. Tap the link in the password renewal email sent to you by Instagram to create a new password.

Accessing Instagram via Facebook

Note: This option is only available if you previously connected your Instagram account to Facebook.

  • Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  • Tap "Forgotten password" on the login menu.
  • Select either "Username" or "e-mail" and enter either your username or the email address you used when creating your account like in the previous guide.
  • Press "Search" in the upper right side corner.
  • Tap "Renewal" via Facebook.
  • If you are not already logged into Facebook, you will be prompted to do so. Instagram will display the account that was most recently connected to your Facebook account and will give you the option to create a new password.

Accessing Instagram via phone number

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  2. Select "Forgotten password".
  3. Tap on the "Phone" option.
  4. Select your Country's code and enter your Phone number.
  5. Press the "Send Login Link" button.
  6. You'll get the login link in your phone's Messages inbox.
  7. Tap the link and you will be redirected back to the Instagram app.
  8. Enter your new password and verify it when prompted.

Use any of these methods to enter your old Instagram account and delete it if you wish to.

December 7, 2018

25 Comments

  • Nigel parfoot:

    I have a old account and don’t remember what email or phone number as it was so long ago how can i get it removed

  • Leigh Stepan:

    We really want the old page to go away. We are unable to access it, none of the emails and passwords work. We got disconnected from Facebook because we changed the email to a different email.... we just cannot get to the page. It says it is deleted, but it still comes up. The username is workcare_inc.

    Any help is appreciated!

  • Devin:

    My Instagram account has been hacked so I want to delete

  • neha ପ(๑•ᴗ•๑)ଓ:

    My account from like 5-6 years ago is so embarrassing, and it's public 😭😭
    My friends are very nosey people, they will stalk and find it and continue to terrorize me with the photos on there. (Not even being dramatic)

  • Amber Brynn:

    Hi, I need to close an old instagram account from when I was 10 years old. I do not have the password or the email associated with the account and am unable to access it whatsoever. I need to delete that account as soon as possible

  • Melina :

    Can anyone suggest any idea to delete old acc without knowing old emil or number??????

  • Houcine 🪐:

    come on instagram i want my old account deleted 😴😴

  • Julie Ramsey:

    I want to delete an old instagram account but can’t remember the password and no longer have access to the email, phone number or fb account. They are all from my past and I don’t want anything to do with those embarrassing days. How do I delete it?

  • Sierra:

    I have an Instagram I want deleted for person reasons, It's connected to my old number and email and i don't know the password to the email and no longer have the phone number. What can I do to get it deleted?

  • Rohit Raj:

    I have a lot of old accounts from years back. I don’t have the same emails or phone numbers, and I want them deleted really bad because they are kind of embarrassing.

  • eishwesinhtoo:

    I have a lot of old accounts from years back. I don’t have the same emails or phone numbers, and I want them delete.

  • 👑lovejeet_sandhu👑:

    Thanks

  • Gareth vd Berg:

    I have an old account that I want to delete. It is not associated with Facebook, and doesn't have a phone number either. I made it using only an email and password, but I can't remember either. I only remember the username.

  • Mia:

    Yeah same I wish there was an expire date where you don’t use these accs you can delete them or you get you just delete them without using gmail or password because I just hate it get embarrassed 😳 like come on Instagram put in place something where we can delete our old Instagram I don’t wanna wake up in the future to see my old Instagrams 😂🥲 unfair

  • mansigohitri@gmail.com :

    😥

  • Dima:

    I have a lot of old accounts from years back. I don’t have the same emails or phone numbers, and I want them deleted really bad because they are kind of embarrassing.

  • Nathan:

    I have an old account that I want to delete. It is not associated with Facebook, and doesn't have a phone number either. I made it using only an email and password, but I can't remember either. I only remember the username.

  • Mark Don:

    Hey i have old accounts on insta but i want them removed don’t remember email or password what’s the best way for them to go?

  • Babita:

    I have a two old accounts from years back. I don’t have the same emails or phone numbers, and I want them deleted really bad because they are kind of embarrassing.

  • HAYMALACHUME:

    My old account was hacked . But that hacker change my email, password, username, I need close my old account
    How??

  • harry waddingham:

    Hi there, was wondering if you can help me as i have an old istagram account that i want to get rid off as its from years back but i cant remember the password for it and the email address for it don't exist any more as i have a new one. i just would like to know if i can delete it with out a password and without email adress. cheers harry waddingham

  • dani50dantas :

    Quero excluir conta porque já tenho outra

  • Jasmine Hernandez:

    I'm the same way with Aurora Hasson. I don't remember my accounts old emails and passwords. My old accounts are really embarrassing.

  • Aurora Hasson:

    I have a lot of old accounts from years back. I don’t have the same emails or phone numbers, and I want them deleted really bad because they are kind of embarrassing.

  • Roselin Hernandez:

    What if you have two accounts right now but you want to delete your old one what do you do to delete it