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How to Delete an Instagram Post in 2021

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There are many reasons you may need to delete an Instagram post – you may have posted incorrect information, something too controversial, or simply need to manage the clutter that is starting to build. Below we go over the steps on how to delete those posts, both on your desktop and/or your mobile device.

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How to Delete an Instagram Post (Desktop)

Unfortunately, the Instagram site has not made it available to delete your posts on desktop as they have done on a mobile device. However, it is still possible to delete your posts using desktop if you follow these steps: 

  1. Step 1

    Make sure you are using Google Chrome. 

  2. Step 2

    Log into your Instagram account. 

  3. Step 3

    Click the 3 dots in the top right of the screen.

  4. Step 4

    Click on “more tools.”

  5. Step 5

    Click on “developer tools.”

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    Click on the “toggle device toolbar” which is directly left of elements.

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    “Responsive” will now be available. Click on that and it will show a list of mobile devices.

  8. Step 8

    Choose and click on a mobile device – it does not have to be a mobile device that you own. In this example, I will be using an iPhone X.

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     You may also want to confirm that your scaling is at “100%.” Click on it and adjust as necessary.

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    Refresh your page now that your mobile device is selected by selecting the refresh symbol on the top left of your screen by the URL bar.

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    Find and click on your profile picture on the bottom right of the Instagram page.

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    Choose and click on the post you would like to delete.

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    Click on the three dots on the top right of the post you would like to delete.

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    The option to delete will finally be available in red. Click on “delete.”

  15. Step 15

    Confirm your desire to delete by clicking on “delete.”

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How to Delete an Instagram Post (Mobile)

Using your mobile device is definitely the easiest and simplest way of deleting your Instagram posts.

To delete your Instagram posts individually, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Instagram account.

  2. Step 2

    Tap on your profile picture on the bottom right of the screen.

  3. Step 3

    Tap on the post you would like to delete.

  4. Step 4

    Tap on the three dots on the top right directly above your post.

  5. Step 5

    Tap on “delete.” You also can choose the option “archive” which keeps the post with all its likes and comments for yourself but removes it from view from all of your followers.

  6. Step 6

    Confirm your deletion by tapping “delete” again.

If you are wanting to delete multiple posts at the same time, you will need to use a third-party app. However, most apps are limited on how much you can do before you need to pay for it – usually between 50 and 100. Also, some of the best third-party apps are only available on the iPhone. One of the most popular apps to use is “instant cleaner – for Instagram.” You will need to:

  1. Step 1

    Download the app.

  2. Step 2

    Log into the app with your Instagram account information.

  3. Step 3

    Tap on “posts” on the bottom of the screen. 

  4. Step 4

    Tap on the photos you would like to delete.

  5. Step 5

    Tap delete on the top right of the screen.

  6. Step 6

    You can also delete all of your posts by selecting “options” on the top right of the screen, “select all,” and “delete.”

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Common Reasons to Delete an Instagram Post

There are several reasons an individual would consider deleting an Instagram post:

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    Not enough engagement. If a post doesn’t have enough likes, you may want to consider deleting it. If you have too many posts that people are not engaging with, your followers may become bored and start focusing their attention elsewhere. 

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    If you published copyrighted or incorrect content.

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    If you posted information before it was meant to get out. 

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    Bad Publicity

    Your post wasn’t received the way you imagined and it in turn made you look bad.

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    To help manage all of the comments if it’s a rather large and/or popular Instagram account.

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    Your Instagram is too cluttered.

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    To remove any offensive, irrelevant, or controversial content. 

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    To completely change your Instagram’s image or revamp it. Some celebrities, for example Taylor Swift, have done this.

Thankfully, deleting an Instagram post on a mobile device is pretty simple and easy. Try to always keep in mind what your followers are interested in seeing and continue to put out quality content. If a post just isn’t bringing in the likes or comments, delete, declutter, and keep posting.