I deleted an old account a couple of years ago, however the account still appears on my iPhone for some reason. I can't remove it, log into it in order to properly log out of it to delete it permanently. When I attempt to fix by clicking on the image box, it just comes up straight away with an error message saying "Sorry, we couldn't log you in." How long does it take to remove old Instagram accounts? I'm hoping this one will be picked up for deletion soon.


According to help.instagram.com, an account is instantly deleted. It could just be a visual error. Have you tried un-installing and re-installing Instagram?

  • Thanks, but I don't really want to un-install and re-install Instagram as this will also delete my history of posts, people following and pages I have followed... won't it? I have a few other linked accounts in addition to this one that I would like to delete. – S Gilchrist Apr 10 '19 at 4:41
  • @SGilchrist No. This sort of data is associated with your account. So un-installing the application will only deleted your local content, the data associated with it is and will still be available online. If you follow the link I have in my answer, you will see Instagrams help on how to deleted an account. After re-installing Instagram, you can just sign in with the account you currently use – Moritz Apr 10 '19 at 16:20

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