Instagram has implemented an extensive set of rules to protect users’ private information. However, there are still loopholes that can cause your account to be deleted. While the platform has no solution for retrieving accounts that are manually deleted, there are several situations where you can recover your profile.
Keep reading to find out why Instagram is deleting accounts and what to do if you encounter the same problem.
Instagram will ban profiles that violate the Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. However, some accounts are also deactivated by mistake. Such mishaps can be frustrating if your account serves as a trading account or a storefront.
Some of the common reasons why Instagram deletes accounts are:
Violation of terms and guidelines
Repeated violations of the Platforms Rules may result in permanent account termination. Users should ensure that their accounts do not post content that promotes illegal activities, hate speech and threats against certain people or communities.
Instagram considers any account inactive for two years.
Use of third-party tools
The Platform prohibits the use of third-party software to expand your following or enhance your engagement. If Instagram suspects that you’ve used the app to manipulate follower numbers or generate multiple comments under your posts, the app may restrict access to your account.
Instagram is known for enforcing strict rules to protect user privacy and security. If the account has violated the terms of the platform, it is practically impossible to restore it. However, since there are many instructions, the app may have reported your profile by mistake. In this case, there are two ways to get the account working again.
Use the first method if you receive a pop-up message when you try to log in saying that the account has violated Instagram’s terms. Once the process is complete, your account should be restored immediately. Account loading procedure:
- squeeze More info button on the login page of your mobile app. If the account has been deactivated by mistake, a pop-up message will appear asking you to contact the platform.
- Choose Please let us know… choice.
- Choose Yes or No to indicate whether your account has been used for commercial purposes.
- Enter your personal information in the required fields.
- If you are renewing a business account, you must submit business documentation for verification. Instagram will not reactivate the account unless you submit at least one valid document.
- Click Send to submit your request.
If Instagram detects that your account was accidentally deleted, it will send you an email with a reactivation code. The platform usually asks users to reply to their message with a JPEG image of them holding a piece of paper with a code on it. Make sure the code is clearly visible and the image is of high quality. Instagram may reject your request if you submit a grainy or blurry ID image.
Once the process is complete, you should be able to access your account in a few days. The platform will send you another email notifying you that it has restored the account.
Another way to get your account is to ask the platform to review your Instagram activity and reconsider its decision. Do it like this:
- Start your device Instagram application.
- Enter your account details and press the button Log in knob.
- If the platform has deactivated your account, a message will appear on the screen. It will inform you that the account will be deleted and that you have 30 days to submit a review request.
- Select Download Data to back up your Instagram data in case the platform doesn’t change its mind.
- Click Request Review.
- Enter the credentials of the disabled account.
Instagram will now double-check whether the account has violated any of the platform’s rules. You will be notified within a few days if Instagram has reversed the decision and decided to restore your account. Note that some users have been waiting several weeks for the platform to hear from them.
You don’t need to gather a large number of users on the Internet to be targeted by hackers. Since many users keep their Instagram profiles public, hackers have found ways to obtain their information and use it for nefarious purposes. Hackers can lock your account access, remove all your posts or even delete your account permanently.
If you suspect that your account has been hacked, check your email inbox to find a message that your account details have been changed. If you see this notification, hackers have changed your credentials, so you won’t be able to use the mobile app to recover your account.
When hackers delete your account, Instagram considers it a manual deletion and permanently deletes the account. You can create a new account using the same email address, but you may need to choose a new username.
How to protect Instagram account from hackers
You can take steps to prevent your Instagram account from being hacked.
The first of these involves setting a strong password. It’s best to have a different password for each of your social media profiles so that hackers can’t control all of your information. You can also use the website How Strong Is My Password to assess the strength of your code.
Another preventative measure is to enable two-factor authentication. Whenever you sign in on a new device, the app will ask you to confirm your identity with a verification code. To set up authentication:
- Launch the Instagram app and go to Settings.
- Get out Safety, then press Two-factor authentication and select Start.
- Choice Text message choice.
- Instagram will prompt you to enter your phone number if you haven’t already linked it to your account. Click after completing this task next.
When you try to access your account from an unrecognized device, the app will send you a code via text message. You will only be able to access the account after entering the security code.
When you’re sure you haven’t broken any of Instagram’s community rules, you can submit the appeal form and ask the platform to restore your account. You can do so using an app on your computer or mobile phone.
To send an appeal to Instagram via the mobile app:
- Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone and enter your credentials.
- The interface will generate a message that Instagram has deactivated your account; squeeze More information knob.
- A new window will appear. Scroll down and tap Let us know.
- If the account was a business profile, select Yes. Click for a personal account No.
- Fill in your personal information as required. If you are getting a business account, attach a legal document verifying the operation of the business.
- press Send to appeal.
The platform will send you an email containing a download code. Follow the instructions in the email and take a photo with the handwritten code visible. It usually takes a few days to reactivate deactivated Instagram accounts, but sometimes the process can take up to several weeks. If you submitted an appeal and complied with Instagram’s email requests, be prepared to wait.
Please note that this method will not work if you have manually deactivated your Instagram account. If you have submitted a deactivation request, Instagram will permanently delete your account from its database.
It may take a few days for Instagram to get back to you, so don’t worry if you don’t hear back right away.
If this in-app solution isn’t for you, you can also appeal a disabled account using a computer or laptop. How to do it:
- Open the withdrawal form from the Instagram Help Center.
- Fill in your personal information and Instagram account information.
- Clearly state why you are appealing Instagram’s decision in the appropriate text box. The more details you provide, the better the chance of getting an account.
- squeeze Send button to send the request.
Instagram may take up to 20 days to respond. However, check your account every few days.
Some users have reported that they can access their accounts without the platform responding. If this happens, continue using your account as normal. Finally, you will receive an email from Instagram confirming the reactivation of your account.
Instagram’s guidelines protect users’ information and prevent them from abusing the platform. However, there is still a margin of error that means your account can be deleted without reason. The good news is that there are ways around this issue, so you can request a review or submit an appeal and get your account reinstated.
Has Instagram ever blocked your account? What method did you use to regain access to your account? Let us know in the comments section below.