Delete Your Threads Profile and Stay on Instagram - Here's How

When Meta launched Threads in July, one of the complaints users had about the platform was that it was impossible to delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.

instagram threads app
Up until now, the only alternative was to "temporarily" deactivate your Threads profile. This option makes your posts and interactions with others invisible on the platform, but it leaves your posts on Meta's servers unless you go through them and manually delete them one by one.

Thankfully, Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Monday posted that the company was finally doing something to resolve the issue – it's in the process of rolling out a way to delete or deactivate a Threads profile separately while leaving the associated Instagram account intact.

The following steps show you how to delete your Threads profile, as per Mosseri's instructions.

  1. In the Threads app, tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the two-line menu icon in the top right of your profile.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Delete or Deactivate Profile.
  4. Tap Delete profile, then confirm your choice.

If you don't see the option, the rollout hasn't reached you just yet, but it shouldn't be long before it pops up, so check back in a day or two.

According to Mosseri, Threads is also rolling out a way for users to prevent their Threads posts from appearing on Facebook and Instagram. When the rollout is complete, users can find two options in the Privacy section of the app's settings, under "Suggesting posts on other apps." Tapping this will reveal separate switches to turn off suggestions on Instagram and Facebook.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a company earnings call last month that Threads now has "just under" 100 million monthly users. Since its launch earlier this year it has gained a web app, an ability to search for posts, and a post editing feature. However, the app still isn't available in the EU because Meta hasn't yet worked out how to comply with the bloc's Digital Markets Act regulations.

Top Rated Comments

McWetty Avatar
4 weeks ago
Step 1: Delete social media accounts.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Happiness
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Threads is terrible
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuruZac Avatar
4 weeks ago
Instagram is the only social media app I use, and that’s becoming less and less. The same pathetic censoring of content is increasingly apparent. Zuck is also a worm. Forget TikTok.

As a side, a study just came that showed as little as 3 hours of social media consumption per day effectively burns out the pleasure pathways in the brain (VTA and Nuclear Accumbens). And we wonder why mental health is at an all time low. Poor lifestyle/diet plus social media/media consumption = poor brain health.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
4 weeks ago
I never truly realized how awful META was until I tried to reach them on any channel whatsoever. It’s like the whole company only consists of AI and useless FAQ help pages. This is especially questionable when they offer paid subscription and money is involved nowadays.

I subscribed to Instagram without Ads in the EU and in order to subscribe on Desktop to save the 30% „Apple Tax“ you need to have a Facebook account for some reason like it doesn’t work on Instagram. Anyway, 30 minutes after I PAID, they block the Facebook account I just created for no reason but the subscription continued to run. Therefore I had no way to actually cancel because in order to unsubscribe, you need to access the Facebook dashboard, which you can’t, if your account got blocked!

Tried to reach a real person or even a simple form but not a chance!

Also, the other day they blocked my Instagram account from commenting for 24 hours and all I wrote was a comment like „you have until October to do your taxes“ literally. Wtf

Meanwhile on Facebook (which thankfully has been unblocked after sending them a video selfie 3 days later) I cannot add any of my friends because their stupid system keeps claiming „we don’t think you actually know this person“.

Meta … run by programmed idiots
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacProFCP Avatar
4 weeks ago
Got off Facebook years ago and never made the move to Instagram or Twitter.

Despite the rhetoric, I don’t feel I’m losing out.

Social media is poison for the brain and soul and it’s killing ambition in our generation.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DBZmusicboy01 Avatar
4 weeks ago
They need to fix instagram
2023 has been the worst year ever for instagram and also for TikTok.
Both Apps needs to return to their glory roots which was 2021.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

ios stolen device protection

iOS 17.3 Beta Adds New Stolen Device Protection Feature to iPhone

Tuesday December 12, 2023 10:20 am PST by
The first iOS 17.3 beta rolling out to developers today includes a new "Stolen Device Protection" feature that is designed to add an additional layer of security in the event someone has stolen your iPhone and also obtained the device's passcode. Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern and Nicole Nguyen reported about instances of thieves spying on a victim's iPhone...
iOS 17

33 New Things Your iPhone Can Do in iOS 17.2

Tuesday December 12, 2023 1:57 am PST by
Apple has made available for download its major end-of-year iPhone software update, iOS 17.2, featuring a large number of features and changes that users have been anticipating for quite a while. Below, we've listed 33 new things that your iPhone can do once you've installed the update. Check Settings ➝ General ➝ Software Update on your device to get downloading. 1. Help You Keep a Daily ...
iPhone 16 Mock Back 1

iPhone 16 Early Prototypes: What Apple's Next-Generation iPhone Will Look Like

Tuesday December 12, 2023 3:07 pm PST by
With the launch of the iPhone 15, Apple introduced design changes like a curved frame and a frosted glass back. Information acquired by MacRumors suggests that Apple's next-generation iPhone 16 will build on these updates with modifications to the buttons and the camera layout. We have details on early pre-production designs for the iPhone 16, including a look at the variants and hardware...
CarPlay Phone Call

GM Says It's Nixing CarPlay to Make Drivers Safer

Tuesday December 12, 2023 1:47 pm PST by
Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) announced plans to phase out Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto in its future electric vehicles, with the company instead relying on an infotainment system co-developed with Google. This has not been a popular decision with iPhone users, and today, GM provided some additional insight into the decision in a discussion with MotorTrend. According to Tim...
iPhone 16 Side Feature

iPhone 16 Pro Rumored to Have These 12 New Features

Monday December 11, 2023 10:46 am PST by
While the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are still over nine months away from launching, there are already several rumors about the devices. Below, we have recapped new features and changes expected for the devices so far. These are some of the key changes rumored for the iPhone 16 Pro models as of December 2023:Larger displays: The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be equipped...
Apple TV 2022 Feature Blue

Apple Releases tvOS 17.2 With Revamped Apple TV App

Monday December 11, 2023 9:58 am PST by
Apple today released tvOS 17.2, the second major update to the tvOS 17 operating system that came out in September 2023. tvOS 17.2 comes more than a month after tvOS 17.1, an update that expanded the availability of the Enhanced Dialogue feature. tvOS 17.2 can be downloaded using the Settings app on the ‌Apple TV‌. Go to System > Software Update to get the new software. ‌Apple TV‌...

Top Five Features in macOS Sonoma 14.2

Wednesday December 13, 2023 3:21 pm PST by
When Apple releases new software, iOS updates tend to get most of the attention, and there are sometimes useful new features in Mac updates that go under the radar. That's the case with macOS Sonoma 14.2. It doesn't have flashy features like the Journal app that came in iOS 17.2, but there are a number of useful improvements that make it worth installing. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube ...