Deleting your Threads account will also delete your Instagram account

You should know this before jumping on the bandwagon.

Fasiha Nazren |
July 7, 2023, 5:01 pm

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On Jul. 6, Meta launched Threads, an app that is built by the Instagram team for “sharing text updates and joining public conversations”.

The app lets you put up posts with texts of up to 500 characters, as well as videos, GIFs, photos and links.

So essentially, it’s Instagram’s version of Twitter, meant to kill Twitter.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, the app had more than 30 million sign-ups within 15 hours of its launch.

Among these 30 million accounts are media companies, as well as brands and celebrities like Netflix, Zac Efron and Mariah Carey.


But apart from the groans of social media executives who have to handle yet another platform, Threads has caused quite the hoo-ha for another reason:

As it turns out, deleting your Threads account isn’t as straightforward as pressing a single button.

As mentioned in Thread’s Supplemental Privacy Policy, to delete your Threads profile, you will have to delete your Instagram account.

This condition has raised some eyebrows because it is unlikely that someone would give up their Instagram just to erase their presence on Threads.

After receiving a slew of questions, the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri made some clarifications.

But if you do want to get off Threads or wipe your content, here are some alternatives.

1) Deactivate your Threads account

Deactivating is different from deleting your profile.

To deactivate your profile, go to Settings and click on Account.

There will be an option to deactivate your profile:

This will hide your profile, threads, replies and likes.

But it’s a temporary measure, and your account will reactivate once you log into the Threads app again.

Do note that there is no option to delete your Thread account on the app itself.

2) Set your Threads account to private

Like Instagram, switching to a private profile on Threads means only approved followers will be able to see and interact with your content.

3) Delete individual Threads posts

Once posts are deleted, you won’t be able to restore them.

Working on it

Adam also explained in his post that as Threads is powered by Instagram, both apps essentially share the same account.

The company is “looking into” a way to delete a Threads account separately, he added.

Top image from Meta.

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