Looking for a quick way to delete an Instagram post, before it ruins your social media rep?
We all make mistakes with our content sharing strategies sometimes.
While pictures and videos can seem like a great idea when you first create them, it’s easy to change your mind about a post a few minutes, hours or days later.
If you’re left wondering what the heck you were thinking when you posted that last image of your cat or published a pic of your (overly indulgent) lunch, don’t panic. There are plenty of easy options available for when you want to delete Instagram posts pronto.
Here’s your easy guide to saving #Face on Instagram.
Start by Accessing your Instagram Profile
The first thing you’re going to need to delete Instagram posts is access to your profile.
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to recommend making sure that you have both a compatible mobile device that you can use with Instagram, and a desktop computer available. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to edit and adapt your Instagram grid if you have a computer to work with.
It’s also worth making sure that you actually want to delete your Instagram post before you jump into anything. If you don’t hate the image or video but think that now might not be the right time to publish it, then you don’t necessarily need to delete your post.
We’ll come back to that in a moment.
First things first:
How to Delete Instagram Posts: The Quick Way
If you’re not sure that you want to delete your post yet, skip this section and come back to it after you’ve read the rest of this article. If you know that you’ve made a huge mistake with your latest content and you need to delete it fast to save your Instagram #Rep, then:
- Log not your Instagram profile from your mobile app or desktop.
- Find the content that you want to delete and tap on it.
- On the right corner of the screen, click on the three dots that open your post menu.
- Tap the three dots and click on the option that says “Delete”
- Tap delete again to confirm that you want to get rid of your post
Remember, once you’ve removed content on Instagram, you can’t undo it. That means that your photo and all the hard work you did to make it perfect is gone forever.
Deleting an Instagram Story is essentially the same as getting rid of the standard post. You’ll need to click on the Instagram Story that you shared and choose the three-dot menu option again. Once again, click on Delete, and confirm that you want to remove the update.
There’s not a lot of difference between deleting a standard Instagram post and deleting anything else that you publish. The biggest point to be aware of is that you need to wait until your videos are finished uploading before you can delete them. That might be a bit of a pain if you’ve decided seconds after hitting the upload button that you’ve made a colossal mistake.
How to Delete Multiple Instagram Posts at Once
Okay, so you know how to delete Instagram posts at last second. That’s great for when you’ve made a terrible mistake with your content, and you know you need to fix it fast.
However, there are other reasons why you might decide to delete some of your Instagram content too. For instance, some companies, brands, and individuals choose to eliminate dozens of pictures and posts at once. They do this to clear out their feed so that they’re ready for an aesthetic upgrade or brand refresh.
Back in 2017, world-renowned artist, Taylor Swift decided to delete all of her Instagram posts in one go before she announced her latest album. The decision to remove her posts helped Taylor to capture her audience’s attention with a dose of mystery. Everyone wanted to know why she’d cleared her Instagram profile. However, at the same time, it also meant that Swift could create a fresh start for her Instagram account as she introduced her album.
As you can see from the post above, Taylor is still a big fan of changing up her Instagram aesthetic and introducing new ideas to her content when she shares details for her new albums.
Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, there’s no way to do a mass clear out of all your Instagram content.
How to Delete Instagram Posts with Third-Party Apps
Since there’s no bulk delete option, so you’ll need to click through each of your posts individual and decide which ones you want to get rid of, one by one.
If you’ve already shared hundreds of posts and you want to start with a blank slate, this can be an exhausting process. Fortunately, you could take a slightly different approach, by using a third-party app to help you. Tools like the “Cleaner for Ins” app on the iStore are ideal for this purpose.
This app is specifically designed to help you clear out Instagram posts and refresh your feed. Not only can you use the tool to delete Instagram photos in bulk, but it also does other things too. For instance, you can bulk un-like, un-follow, and more with Cleaner for Ins.
The app is 100% free to use; all you need to do is select the posts that you want to delete and click the “delete” option. You’re done with minimal effort.
If you’re using an Android phone to manage your Instagram campaign, try “Cleaner for Instagram” instead. This app isn’t as highly rated as the iOS option, but it does a lot of the same things. The biggest issue is that you can only delete 5 images at a time with this tool. However, that’s still going to be a lot quicker than managing your profile one photo at a time.
Is it a Good Idea to Delete Your Posts?
So, you know how to delete Instagram posts.
But, what do you do if you’re not sure whether deleting your content is a good idea?
After all, you might just want to save your post until later. Or perhaps you’ve decided to change your Instagram aesthetic slightly, and all you need to do is make a couple of edits to your profile. You don’t necessarily have to hit the delete button straight away.
1. Editing your Instagram Feed
The truth is, you don’t need to start from a blank slate if you want to transform your Instagram image. All you need to do is get the top 12 photos on your feed looking amazing. If you can edit those initial posts that your audience is going to see, then they probably won’t pay attention to what you were doing with your content in the past.
Rather than deleting all of your content:
- Upload all of your new photos in an app like the Preview app
- Rearrange the order of your posts, putting your most relevant content first.
- Create the grid layout that’s best suited to your new branding strategy
With an app like Preview, you can see how your new feed is going to look before you post anything. Although you’ll still have your old content lingering underneath your top 12 posts – it’s the first impression that your audience has of your company that’s going to make the biggest impact. You might even find that your audience is impressed by the contrast between your new content and your old material.
2. Adjusting and Updating Old Posts
If you love your old Instagram photos, but they don’t match your current aesthetic, then why not simply edit the content that you already have? Instagram doesn’t allow you to rearrange or edit the photos that you already have on Instagram, but there’s a workaround that you can consider. Simply save your Instagram photos that you already love on your phone and:
- Upload them with a scheduling app like Later as a new post. (This can take a while if you’re saving a lot of posts)
- Open your scheduling app and edit the content you want to re-post
- Delete the original versions of the images, then re-share your posts on your new style.
- Use an app like “Preview” to rearrange your content, so it looks like you posted the material before you did
This might sound like an awkward or confusing process at first. However, since Instagram makes it notoriously difficult to edit the posts you already have on your profile, it’s one of the easiest ways to update your content, without starting from scratch.
3. Hide or Archive Your Posts
Finally, one great option if you’re not ready to delete Instagram posts just yet, is to consider using the “Archive” function on Instagram.
Though the option to archive has been available for quite a while now, it’s drastically underutilized by a lot of Instagram fans. Ultimately, what this tool lets you do is hide the old Instagram posts on your feed that are no longer relevant to your aesthetic.
You might also use Archive to hide posts that you’ve accidentally published ahead of time. Though the jobs disappear from your feed, you still have access to them in your Archive folder. That means that if you decide to re-share the content – you’re not starting from scratch.
Before you head straight to the delete button, ask yourself if you might benefit from archiving your posts instead. Archiving gives you the freedom to continue accessing old content without leaving it on your profile for everyone to see.
To access your archive and any posts you’ve been hiding until now, go to your profile and click on the icon that looks like a clock and an arrow. This icon can be found in the top right corner of the screen, next to your settings. Tap on the “Archive” button and click on “Posts” to view anything you already have archived.
To post something that you’ve saved in your Archive for later, all you need to do is tap on the post from within your Archive section. Once the image loads, choose the three dots “settings” option in the right corner and click on “Show on Profile.”
Your post is ready to go, complete with any captions or filters that you added before you saved it to your Archive library.
You can also delete the posts in your Archive by clicking on the three dots in the right-hand corner of the screen and choosing the “Delete” option. It’s worth doing this if you’ve had any pictures sitting in your library for months, and you have no plan to publish them any time soon.
Taking the Drastic Approach to Deleting Instagram Posts
What if deleting your Instagram posts isn’t enough?
Perhaps you’ve posted hundreds of pieces of content in a different style, and now you’ve decided to try something new. If you don’t have a massive number of followers in the first place, then you might decide that it’s a better idea to delete your Instagram profile and start from scratch.
Deleting your profile also means that you have a chance to start with a new reputation, a new username, and an updated identity. If you’ve had any issues with Instagram up until now, it’s your chance for a fresh start.
You’ll only be able to delete your Instagram profile from your PC browser – which is why we recommended having access to multiple ways to log onto Instagram. Before you delete your account entirely, remember that you cannot retrieve an account that you get rid of. If you’re not sure that this is the right step, disable your account temporarily by:
- Clicking on “Edit Profile”
- Choosing the “Temporarily disable my account” option
- Selecting the reason for deactivating your account
- Confirming your request
This will make your account invisible to all users, but it won’t stop you from opening it again if you need to.
Remember, when you get started with your new account, you can use SocialFollow.co to quickly gain the followers you need to re-start your Instagram campaign.
What strategy will you use to delete your Instagram posts?
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