Delete Your Threads Profile and Stay on Instagram - Here's How

When Meta launched Threads in July, one of the complaints users had about the platform was that it was impossible to delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.

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Up until now, the only alternative was to "temporarily" deactivate your Threads profile. This option makes your posts and interactions with others invisible on the platform, but it leaves your posts on Meta's servers unless you go through them and manually delete them one by one.

Thankfully, Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Monday posted that the company was finally doing something to resolve the issue – it's in the process of rolling out a way to delete or deactivate a Threads profile separately while leaving the associated Instagram account intact.

The following steps show you how to delete your Threads profile, as per Mosseri's instructions.

  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 Account, then tap Delete or Deactivate Profile.
  4. Tap Delete profile, then confirm your choice.

If you don't see the option, the rollout hasn't reached you just yet, but it shouldn't be long before it pops up, so check back in a day or two.

According to Mosseri, Threads is also rolling out a way for users to prevent their Threads posts from appearing on Facebook and Instagram. When the rollout is complete, users can find two options in the Privacy section of the app's settings, under "Suggesting posts on other apps." Tapping this will reveal separate switches to turn off suggestions on Instagram and Facebook.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a company earnings call last month that Threads now has "just under" 100 million monthly users. Since its launch earlier this year it has gained a web app, an ability to search for posts, and a post editing feature. However, the app still isn't available in the EU because Meta hasn't yet worked out how to comply with the bloc's Digital Markets Act regulations.

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McWetty Avatar
7 months ago
Step 1: Delete social media accounts.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Happiness
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Kylo83 Avatar
7 months ago
Threads is terrible
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7 months ago
Instagram is the only social media app I use, and that’s becoming less and less. The same pathetic censoring of content is increasingly apparent. Zuck is also a worm. Forget TikTok.

As a side, a study just came that showed as little as 3 hours of social media consumption per day effectively burns out the pleasure pathways in the brain (VTA and Nuclear Accumbens). And we wonder why mental health is at an all time low. Poor lifestyle/diet plus social media/media consumption = poor brain health.
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7 months ago
I never truly realized how awful META was until I tried to reach them on any channel whatsoever. It’s like the whole company only consists of AI and useless FAQ help pages. This is especially questionable when they offer paid subscription and money is involved nowadays.

I subscribed to Instagram without Ads in the EU and in order to subscribe on Desktop to save the 30% „Apple Tax“ you need to have a Facebook account for some reason like it doesn’t work on Instagram. Anyway, 30 minutes after I PAID, they block the Facebook account I just created for no reason but the subscription continued to run. Therefore I had no way to actually cancel because in order to unsubscribe, you need to access the Facebook dashboard, which you can’t, if your account got blocked!

Tried to reach a real person or even a simple form but not a chance!

Also, the other day they blocked my Instagram account from commenting for 24 hours and all I wrote was a comment like „you have until October to do your taxes“ literally. Wtf

Meanwhile on Facebook (which thankfully has been unblocked after sending them a video selfie 3 days later) I cannot add any of my friends because their stupid system keeps claiming „we don’t think you actually know this person“.

Meta … run by programmed idiots
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7 months ago
Got off Facebook years ago and never made the move to Instagram or Twitter.

Despite the rhetoric, I don’t feel I’m losing out.

Social media is poison for the brain and soul and it’s killing ambition in our generation.
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7 months ago
They need to fix instagram
2023 has been the worst year ever for instagram and also for TikTok.
Both Apps needs to return to their glory roots which was 2021.
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