How to Delete a Sub Instagram Account (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Do you want to delete your sub-Instagram account that was created under your main account? Well, then just follow this guide on how to delete a sub-Instagram account.

Key Takeaways:

  • Previously, Instagram allowed its users to create sub-Instagram accounts using their main account. 
  • Users were able to create and login into multiple accounts using a single login credential. 
  • Unfortunately, this feature was removed this year, and as a result, now users won’t be able to create/add new sub-accounts on the platform under their main account.
  • Access the “Login info” option from the settings menu to delete/remove the sub-Instagram accounts from your main account.
  • Change your email address after you have removed that sub-Instagram account.
  • You can also delete your Instagram account permanently with the help of the Instagram app (only for iPhone users), or by using your mobile/PC web browsers.
  • To be on the safer side, download your Instagram data before deleting it permanently.
  • Link your Facebook account with your Instagram account by using the “Account Center” feature.

How to delete a sub-Instagram account?

To delete a sub-Instagram account that you have created under your main account, you must access the “Login Info” option inside the settings menu, and then deselect the account that you want to remove.

Want simple step-by-step instructions?

Well, then skip to the next part.

Deleting sub-Instagram account (Android & iPhone):

  • Firstly, open the Instagram app on your Android or iPhone.
  • Then, log in with your credentials, if you haven’t.
  • Next, go to your profile by tapping on your profile picture, which is visible at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Now, tap on the three horizontal lines also known as the “Hamburger” menu.
  • After that, tap on the “Settings” option which is indicated by the gear icon.
  • Now, scroll down to the settings page to find the “Login info” option.
  • You will now see a list of all your sub-accounts, that are linked to your main account.
  • Next, you will have to tap on the “” option beside that account to deselect/remove it from your main account.
  • You will get a confirmation pop-up on your screen which will say, “Remove” or “Cancel.”
  • Tap on “Remove.”
  • Now, you will be prompted to create a separate password for that account, if you haven’t previously.
  • Type in a new password of your choice, and then finally tap on “Create.” And that’s it, you have now successfully deleted/removed your sub-Instagram account from your main account.

However, remember, after deleting/removing the sub-Instagram account from your main account, you won’t be able to log in with the same login credentials associated with your main account. Every time you want to log in, you must use the new password that is created during the process.

Moreover, it is advised to change the email address for that sub-account which now has become an individual account.

Have no idea how to change the email address for an existing Instagram account?

Well, don’t worry, and follow the next segment of this guide.

How to change the email address for an existing Instagram account?

As mentioned above, if you have unlinked your sub-Instagram account from your main account, then you need to change the email address for that particular account to avoid any future repercussions. 

So, follow this step-by-step procedure to accomplish this task.

  • Open the Instagram app on your Android or iPhone.
  • Now, tap on your profile picture to access your Instagram profile.
  • Then, tap on the three horizontal lines also known as the “Hamburger” menu.
  • Next, tap on “Settings” (a gear-like icon).
  • After that, scroll down to find the “Account” option.
  • Tap on it.
  • Now, tap on the “Personal Information” option.
  • You will see all your personal information like email address, phone number, gender, and date of birth.
  • Lastly, just tap on the email address column, enter your new email address, and then tap on “” to save.

You have successfully linked a new email address for that particular account.

Can you delete an Instagram account permanently from the Instagram app?

While deleting an Instagram account permanently from the Instagram app itself would be more convenient for the users, unfortunately, it is only available for iPhone users. 

So, how can an Android user delete his/her account permanently from the platform?

Follow the next segment, where you can find the deletion process for your Instagram account using an iPhone, Android or PC.

Deleting your Instagram account using your iPhone:

  • Open your Instagram app.
  • Now, tap on your profile picture that is visible at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • You will now land on your profile page.
  • Next, tap on the “Hamburger” menu visible at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Then, tap on “Settings” (the gear icon).
  • After that, tap on “Account.”
  • Now, tap on “Delete account” at the bottom.
  • Next, tap on “Delete account” followed by “Continue deleting the account.”
  • You will now get a drop-down menu that will ask you “Why do you want to delete x account?
  • Select one that suits your situation.
  • Now, re-enter your password.
  • Then, tap on “Delete (username).”
  • Lastly, tap on “OK” to confirm, and that’s it, your Instagram account deletion process has begun.

Deleting Instagram account permanently using a mobile browser:

  • Open your mobile browser.
  • Now, either search for “how to delete Instagram account permanently” and then tap on the first link, or just tap on this link.
  • Then, you will be asked to login into your account, if you haven’t. 
  • Next, you will get a drop-down menu and a short question asking you “Why do you want to delete x account?
Reason to delete the Instagram account
Reason to delete the Instagram account
  • Select, the option that suits your situation.
  • Now, re-enter your password.
Re-enter your password to verify
Re-enter your password to verify
  • Lastly, tap on “Delete (username)“. That’s it, your Instagram account deletion process has now been initiated.
Click Delete username button
Click Delete username button

Deleting Instagram account permanently using a computer:

  • Open your computer’s browser.
  • Now, either do a Google search on “how to delete Instagram account” and then click on the first link, or just click on this link.
  • Next, you will be asked to login into your account, if you haven’t.
  • After that, you will get a drop-down menu along with a short question that says, “Why do you want to delete x account?
Provide reason to delete
Provide reason to delete
  • Select an appropriate answer according to your situation.
  • Now, you will be asked to re-enter your password. So, do the needful.
Re-enter your password to proceed
Re-enter your password to proceed
  • Lastly, click the “Delete (username)” option. The process of Instagram account deletion has now been executed successfully.
Click Delete option
Click Delete option

Note: The process of account deletion may take up to 30 to 90 days, so if you find your username on the platform, don’t panic, and wait for the said period of time.

Additionally, according to Instagram’s “Privacy Policy” the copy of your virtual data will remain on their server even after 90 days, as they will use it in the event of a disaster, software error, legal issues, terms violation, harm prevention efforts, or other data loss event.

Can I link my Facebook account with my Instagram account?

Yes, you can now easily link your Facebook account with your existing Instagram account for better results.

Moreover, after linking your Facebook account with your Instagram account, you will be able to upload the same story or post on both platforms at the same time.

So, want to try it out?

If yes, then follow this next tutorial which will help you in linking your Facebook account to your Instagram account in no time.

  • Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  • Now, login into your Instagram account.
  • Then, tap on the profile picture to open your Instagram profile.
Tap profile picture
Tap profile picture
  • Now, tap on the “Hamburger” menu (one with three horizontal lines).
tap hamburger menu
tap hamburger menu
  • Next, tap on “Settings.”
tap on settings
tap on settings
  • After that, scroll down and find “Account.”
tap on accounts
tap on accounts
  • Tap on it.
  • Then, tap on “Sharing to other apps.”
click on sharing to other apps
click on sharing to other apps
  • Now, tap on “Facebook.”
tap on facebook
tap on facebook
  • You will be redirected to the Facebook login page.
  • Enter your Facebook login credentials and then tap on login.
  • You will get a confirmation page. So, tap on “Continue as (username).”
tap continue as username
tap continue as username
  • Next, tap on “Continue.”
Click continue
Click continue
  • Then, tap on “Yes, finish setup” to wrap up the linking process.
Click yes finish setup
Click yes finish setup
  • Lastly, tap on “Start sharing to Facebook” if you automatically wish to share your Instagram stories or post to your linked Facebook account.
Click start sharing to facebook
Click start sharing to facebook

You can toggle off the “Automatically Share” switch whenever you want to stop sharing your Instagram posts or stories to your Facebook account by accessing Settings > Account > Sharing to other apps > Facebook, and then toggling off the switches.

However, if you want to unlink your Facebook account from your Instagram account, then you can follow the next tutorial.

  • Open the Instagram app.
  • Then, tap on your profile picture that is on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Now, tap on the “Hamburger” menu.
  • Next, tap on “Settings.”
  • After that, tap on “Account” followed by the “Sharing to other apps” option.
  • Tap on “Facebook  (Instagram username).”
  • Then, tap on “Accounts Center.”
Tap on Account Center
Tap on Account Center
  • Now, tap on “Accounts” under “Account Settings.”
Tap on Accounts
Tap on Accounts
  • You will see a list of accounts that are linked to your Instagram account.
  • Tap on the “Remove” option that is beside your Facebook profile.
Tap on Remove
Tap on Remove
  • Next, tap on “Continue.”
Click Continue
Click Continue
  • Lastly, tap on “Remove (username)” to wrap up the process.
Tap on Remove Username
Tap on Remove Username

Bonus: You can also link/unlink your Facebook account by accessing the “Accounts Center“, which you can find inside the “Settings” page.

Note: Meta will take around 3 months to stop combining info across accounts. 

A screenshot is attached below for your reference.

Notification from Meta
Notification from Meta

Final Remarks on “How to delete a sub-Instagram account?”

Creating and managing sub-Instagram accounts was a boon, until last year when Instagram decided to pull out this feature from the platform itself.

But, there are few users out there who took their chances and used this feature to their advantage.

Although, any day, if a user wishes to delete or say remove his/her sub-accounts from the main account, then it can be accomplished easily by following this simple step-by-step guide.

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