Want to Delete Your Threads Profile? Then Delete Your Instagram Account, Says Meta

Threads, Meta's alternative to Twitter, has officially launched. But users thinking of installing the social media app just to check it out should be aware that you can't delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.

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Meta describes Threads as "Instagram's text-based conversation app," and there's purpose in that precise phrasing. It doesn't just mean that your Instagram username ports over to Threads and that you have the option to follow the same people you follow on Instagram. It also means that once you create a Threads profile, there's no way to delete it unless you're prepared to delete your Instagram account wholesale.

If you want out of Threads but you're not prepared to delete your Instagram account, the only other alternative is to "temporarily" deactivate your Threads profile. This is Meta's way of encouraging you to keep both. Threads' privacy policy makes it pretty clear: "You may deactivate your Threads profile at any time, but your Threads profile can only be deleted by deleting your Instagram account."

The moral of the story for Instagram fans is that if you don't want an eternal Threads profile on Meta's servers, then don't sign up to Threads. If it's too late for that, the less-than-ideal alternative is to deactivate your Threads profile, which you can do by following the steps below.

  1. In the Threads app, tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the two-line menu icon in the top right of your profile.
  3. Tap the Account icon, then tap Deactivate profile.
  4. Tap Deactivate Threads profile, then confirm your choice.

When you deactivate your profile, your posts and interactions with others' posts won't be visible until you reactivate your profile. That said, those posts will still live on Threads' servers unless you manually delete them one by one.

If you change your mind after deactivation, you can re-activate your Threads profile simply by logging back into the Threads app using your Instagram account. Just bear in mind that you can only deactivate your profile once a week.

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Top Rated Comments

japanime Avatar
13 months ago
What a scummy company.
Score: 73 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
13 months ago
Probably one of many reasons why this App is not launching in the EU.

So far I do not like it at all, because:

* Your feed has no structure and order (in short: it is a mess)
* You cannot select categories you are interested in (travel, jokes, entertainment, tech, et al) - it seems to simply pull data from your instagram profile and based on this it assumes you may like post A or B
* No "My Feed" section like seriously, I cannot even see what my followers have posted or talking about. I just see random posts about random topics by strangers!

Also does not seem very engaging so far for both sides:

Users: "Why should I comment on this random persons post, seems almost invasive and the post will be gone from my feed the next time I refresh the page anyway (no longevity)"
Influencer: "Why should I make this post if I cannot target or control who gets to see it?"
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
13 months ago
Maybe you should just delete your Instagram account. And your Facebook and WhatsApp.

META needs to die.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
13 months ago

That said, those posts will still live on Threads' servers unless you manually delete them one by one.
It will remain on Meta’s servers whether you delete the posts manually, or delete your Threads and Instagram account.

Only use Meta apps if you’re okay with them always having your data.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Picklefoot Avatar
13 months ago
I urge everyone to delete their Instagram account like Meta recommends.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Snapperjw Avatar
13 months ago
Very clever!!! They know they have a very popular app with Instagram and people are not going to walkaway from Instagram anytime soon. Link Threads to Instagram and you'll never really see users numbers going down.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)