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Does Instagram delete inactive accounts?

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While Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps, it certainly follows a set of rules and conditions for flagging inactive accounts over the platform and potentially deletes them altogether in case of consistent inactivity.

In this article, we look at the regular terms and conditions Instagram has laid out for flagging inactive accounts and what makes the app’s interface track and delete these accounts.

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What are the conditions for deleting an inactive account on Instagram?

Instagram’s algorithm is relatively consistent in tracking inactivity, disrespectful, and explicit content posted over the app. Hence, if a user remains inconsistent in logging into their Instagram profile over a long period, the algorithm automatically flags them accordingly. This can hurt the account’s reach on the platform.

While Instagram has not disclosed a specific time limit for flagging an account as inactive, user experiences depict that not logging into your Instagram account for over a year puts it on the inactive flag list.

Here are a few conditions Instagram looks for before flagging your account as inactive:

  • The date your account was created.
  • If you have followed people over the app.
  • If you are consistently engaging in Instagram content.
  • The last time you logged into your account.

What can you do to avoid this?

It is quite understandable that one of the most popular social media platforms will implement policies to track inactivity over the app and delete the consistently inactive accounts.

You can avoid your account being flagged as inactive by logging into your account at least within a month. Instagram’s algorithm also flags and deletes potential fake accounts.

Hence, it would help if you kept in mind that logging into your account is certainly not enough. You should also engage in some sort of activity over your platform, such as following people, liking posts etc.

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Ambika Rani Ghosh

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