How to Reactivate an Instagram Account

Have you temporarily deactivated your account and now want to reactivate it? Don’t worry, that can be easily done, and we’ll tell you all about it in this post. However, if you deleted your account – sorry, but as of this writing, there’s no way Instagram will let you reactivate a deleted account (we’ll elaborate more on this later as well).

Now, if Instagram itself disabled your account – that’s a different story. Instagram has its own rules and they deal with disabled accounts on a case to case basis. Moreover, if Instagram has deleted your account, it’s already permanently deleted – and your only option to get back in is to create a new account.

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What Happens When You Deactivate Your Instagram Account?

Right now, you can only deactivate your IG account through the internet (not via the app). These are the steps involved in deactivating your account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Edit Profile.
  3. Find the option “Temporarily disable my account” and click on it.

Note: It will take more or less an hour for the deactivation to take effect.

4 Ways to Reactivate Your Instagram Account

Method 1 – Logging in to a Deactivated Account

So, you’ve decided to reactivated the IG account that you disabled/ deactivated temporarily. This one’s really easy – just follow the steps listed below.

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Input your username, email or phone number on the space provided. If you see a different page, look for the Login button and click on it – then enter the details previously mentioned.
  3. Enter your password on the password slot. If you forgot your password, simply click on the “forgot password” option and wait for further instructions via email.
  4. Once you have entered ALL the correct information (username/ email/ phone number and password), you will be able to log in to your Instagram account.

Please take note of the following:

  • Logging into your deactivated Instagram account reactivates it. There’s nothing else that you need to do once you get back in.
  • Should there be on-screen instructions, just follow them until you are able to log back into your account.
  • Depending on how long your account has been deactivated, Instagram might require you to accept their updated Terms of Use.
  • Again, depending on how long you have been inactive, Instagram might need to verify your email address and/ or phone number before you can proceed with reactivating your account.

Method 2 – Dealing with Error Messages

If an error message displays when you try to log in into your IG account, there’s a possibility that your account was never deactivated in the first place. Are you getting the incorrect username or password message? If so, follow these steps:

  1. Recall the username, email, and phone number you used for your account. Sometimes, only one of these will work (even if they’re all correct). So, try every one of them until you get through.
  2. If you’re getting the wrong password message, you will need to reset your password and create a new one. This one is really easy as Instagram will send you the reset link via the email address you used in opening your account.
  3. With your new password, log in to Instagram again.

Notes about this method:

In this scenario, your account wasn’t technically deactivated. Maybe, it just became inactive when you weren’t able to log in for a long time. It could also be the reason why you might have forgotten some of your credentials (e.g. username, password) – hence, the error messages.

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Method 3 – Appealing a Disabled Account

If you’re sure that you have entered all the correct information regarding your account (username/ email/ phone number and password) but can’t get in, it’s possible that your account has been deactivated without your knowledge.

If you get a message like “your account has been disabled,” (or something to that effect) there’s a chance that Instagram itself has disabled your account (possible reason: violation of their Terms of Use). In this case, do the following steps:

  1. Go to and open an appeal by filling up the form provided. Do this using your web browser as it can’t be done within the Instagram app.
  2. Make sure that you fill out all the required information to request Instagram to allow you to access and reactivate your account. Here are some of the things IG will require:
  • Full name
  • Username
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  1. Write Instagram a message as to why you think your account shouldn’t have been deactivated.
  2. Click the send button (it’s located at the bottom of the page).
  3. Wait for Instagram’s response (via email) and log in when given the go signal.

Here are some things to remember when messaging Instagram regarding your case:

  • You can appeal to Instagram if you think your account was disabled due to a violation of the platform’s Terms of Use. If you believe IG’s action was a mistake, you can take this course.
  • In your message, don’t make it look like you’re apologizing for your mistake. Doing so will make you look guilty and at fault.
  • Don’t use harsh language (obviously, this won’t get you anywhere).
  • Your tone of voice should be pleasant and undemanding (to get on IG’s good side).
  • Say thank you at the end of your message (being polite and pleasant won’t hurt your plea for reactivation).

Method 4 – Troubleshooting Login Issues

Here are some tips to logging in to your Instagram account if your case is any of the following:

  • Your account was deactivated by Instagram.
  • You forgot your account status (whether you disabled it or not).
  • You think your username isn’t working.
  1. For login issues, you can try inputting your username, email address, or phone number if one doesn’t work.
  2. You should be absolutely sure that your password is correct. If in doubt, it would be better to just reset it.
  3. When experiencing login problems, try turning off your cell phone’s WiFi connection. This should work if your Instagram app is the one causing the problem. In this case, using your phone’s cellular data can often solve the issue.
  4. Try using a different platform (computer, cell phone, browser) when experiencing login issues. Your usual device or platform may have stored information that’s preventing you from logging into your IG account.
  5. Try uninstalling and reinstalling your Instagram app. If your version is out of date, reinstalling the updated version will often solve the problem.
  6. If you’re getting a message that your account doesn’t exist (or something similar), consider the possibility that your account may have been disabled by Instagram. Violation of their Terms of Use or a user’s report on your account can lead to this situation. As such, Instagram can delete or suspend your account without any warning. Follow the steps listed above (in the section about appealing to Instagram) should you experience this problem.

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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding reactivation of Instagram account.

Q: Can I get my Instagram account back after deleting it?

A: To date, deletion of an Instagram account is considered permanent. If you didn’t use the temporary disabling option, there’s a big chance that your account is permanently deleted from Instagram’s system.

Q: How long does it take for Instagram to delete an inactive account?

A: Instagram encourages its users to stay active on IG. However, while your account is at risk of being deleted due to inactivity, it will take a couple of years (more or less) before Instagram decides to delete it (there’s no specific time). In fact, should you find your account deleted, there’s very little chance that it has been deleted due to inactivity. There’s a greater chance that it has been deleted due to a violation of IG’s Terms of Service.

Q: How many times am I allowed to deactivate my Instagram account?

A: There’s no limit as to the number of times you can deactivate your IG account.

Q: What should I do – I disabled my Instagram account yesterday and I can’t reactivate it today?

A: It can take a couple of days (up to 7 days – it varies) before Instagram allows you to reactivate your account again.

Q: If I reactivate my disabled Instagram account, will I still have all my previous followers?

A: Yes, as Instagram will not remove your followers upon deactivation. However, there’s a chance that some of your followers will unfollow you when you become inactive on IG.

Q: Will Instagram notify my followers when my account is deactivated and reactivated?

A: No, your profile and posts will just be visible or invisible to your followers (whichever the case may be).

Q: I temporarily disabled my account today. When can I get it back?

A: You can try logging back in at any time. If you can’t get in or receive a message that says it’s too soon (or something like that), wait a few hours (or days) before trying again.

Q: Does Instagram delete deactivated accounts?

A: Instagram seldom deletes deactivated and inactive accounts – it seems as if Instagram knows that a lot of their users return at a later time and want to retain their old accounts. So, should you find that your account has been deleted, it’s probably due to other reasons (e.g. violation of Instagram’s rules).

Understanding Instagram’s Rules and Terms of Use

If you can’t seem to find your Instagram account, consider looking at the site’s rules to see if you have violated anything (which caused your account’s termination, using an Instagram bot, for example, can lead to issues). And if, indeed, your account was terminated, having it reactivated and restored will depend upon the gravity of the violation. Here are some things to remember to avoid being penalized by IG:

  1. All your content should be yours or have the owner’s permission to use.
  2. Your content should be appropriate for all ages.
  3. Your posts shouldn’t contain nudity and sexual themes.
  4. Your content shouldn’t promote self-injury.
  5. Be respectful of other users. Keep in mind that they can report you (and your actions) to Instagram.
  6. Avoid spamming and repetitive comments (these are considered spam).
  7. You must be at least 13 years old to open an Instagram account.
  8. You should not sell or transfer your IG account to someone else.
  9. You must not use the Instagram platform to spread virus and malicious codes online.
  10. Don’t share your password with anyone, including apps (very risky).

How to Get a Positive Response from Instagram

Let’s say that your account was suspended or deactivated as Instagram deemed your account in violation of their Terms of Use. Below are some tips on how to get a positive response from IG (hopefully, you’ll get your account reactivated).

  • Be very specific with your problem (describe it).
  • Tell Instagram all the measures you took to try to solve the issue.
  • Provide screenshots of your problem (e.g. pop messages).
  • Include all the necessary details about your account (e.g. username, email).
  • Wait patiently for Instagram’s response.

Reactivating Your Instagram Account and Keeping it Live

As you can see, it’s very easy to reactivate your Instagram account if you merely disabled it temporarily (one of their options). However, it can be pretty difficult to restore and reactivate it if you deleted it (this action is permanent). Also, it can be really hard to restore it once Instagram itself deactivates or deletes your account.

We strongly suggest temporarily disabling your account when you feel the need to as this will simply make your profile (and posts) invisible to other users (including your followers, of course). This method also makes your account easy to restore when you feel the need to get back into the IG universe.

We also suggest obeying all of Instagram’s rules and regulations so as not to get your account suspended and penalized. Keep in mind that there’s really a big chance that you won’t get your old account back when you violate the platform’s terms of use – so, be very careful.

Let’s all enjoy using Instagram and use it for good, ok?

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