How to Reactivate an Instagram Account

By Cathy Taylor

Updated January 07, 2017

When your Instagram account is disabled, you are effectively locked out forever.
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Maybe this happened to you: You tapped on your Instagram app, typed in your username and password and found your account was disabled. Your Instagram account can be deactivated for a variety of reasons, and depending on the reason behind your disabled account, you may be able to gain access to your account again.

You Temporarily Disabled Your Account: Simply Log In

If you temporarily disabled your account – maybe you are too busy or need a week break so you could focus on pressing deadlines – you’re in luck. To reactivate your account, simply log back in with your original username and password.

According to the Instagram Help Center, if you want to temporarily disable your account, you will need to access Instagram on a mobile or computer browser – not the app. To disable, click the icon of a person in the top right, click “Edit Profile” and click “Temporarily disable my account.” Instagram will ask you to select a reason why your disabling your account, and then you click “Temporarily Disable Account.”

You Violated Instagram’s Guidelines and Policies: Follow the Directions

Instagram strives to provide a social media environment that is “an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression.” As a result, they may remove accounts that are considered spam, fake or don’t follow the Community Guidelines.

If you believe that your Instagram account was mistakenly disabled, you can appeal the decision. Simply go to your app, enter your log in credentials and follow the instructions on the screen. If you don’t see any disabled message, most likely you are not experiencing a disabled account issue, but potentially another account issue.

You Deleted Your Account: You’re Out of Luck

One such other issue is that your Instagram account may have been deleted. If your account was deleted by you or by a friend, it cannot be reactivated. To access Instagram, you will have to have to create a new account. You can use the email address associated with your old account, but you will need to create a new username.