How to Reactivate Your Instagram Account [Updated for 2020]

How to Reactivate Instagram

Have you recently decided to deactivate it, but now changed your mind? If so, there's good news. You can reactivate your account relatively easily. This guide will show you the quickest way to do this.

How to Reactivate Your Instagram Account

If You Deactivated Your Account By Yourself

All you need to do to reactivate your Instagram account is sign in using the same login details as you used before. Once you have done so, you should be able to use you account as normal. Your posts, comments, likes and stories will all be there. Sometimes though, after reactivating your account, Instagram won't work properly, and may not log you in at all. This is due to a well know bug with Instagram. In order to prevent this from happening, it's best to reset the data that Instagram has stored on your device before logging in to reactivate your account. This is very easy to do – here's how to do it:

If Your Account Was Deactivated By the Instagram Team

If your account was deactivated due to a violation of Instagram's terms of service, this is more problematic. You're going to need to contact Instagram and request that they reinstate your account. As you're not able to log in to your account, you won't be able to use Instagram's Help Request feature. Instead, the best option you have is to contact them via email at Try to make a compelling case as to why you feel your account should be reactivated. As long as your violation was not extremely serious, they should be okay with reactivating your account.

I'm Still Not Able to Log In

If you're still not able to log in, you will need to reset your password. To do this, go to the Instagram log in screen and tap ‘Forgot Password'. Instagram will then send you a link to reset your password either to your email address or phone number.

Common Questions About Instagram Account Reactivation

How Long Does it Take?

Once you log in your account should be available to use as normal instantly. However, if you've only just deactivated your account, you may need to wait an hour before reactivating it. Furthermore, if Instagram is being slow, you may have to wait up to 24 hours before you're able to use your account as normal again.

Will I Lose Any of My Profile Data?

No. Instagram is aware that many users will change their mind after deactivating their account. Therefore, they store your data indefinitely. So don't worry, all of the photos that you've posted will still be there!

How Many Times Can I Deactivate / Reactivate My Account?

Instagram does not have any set limits on how many times you can do this. However, if you start doing it too much then Instagram may restrict your ability to deactivate your account. Furthermore, they may prevent you from being able to reactivate it forever. So, make sure that you don't abuse this feature!

So there you have it! There are many reasons why you may have deactivated your account. You may have just wanted to take a break, or simply lost interest in the app. Whatever the reason, reactivating your account is extremely simple, as all you need to do is log back in again. Remember though, deactivating your account should only be used as a final resort, and doing it too much may lock you out of your account forever. If you just want to take a break, the best way is to simply uninstall the app. When you're ready to start using Instagram again, you can just reinstall it.

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