You can now delete Threads without losing your Instagram account

Meta Platforms has added the ability for Threads users to delete their accounts without having to nuke their linked Instagram profiles.

The change is one of two new features Instagram boss Adam Mosseri highlighted in an update on Monday, 13 November 2023.

To delete a Threads account separately from Instagram, users can navigate to their Threads Settings section, select “Account”, “Delete or Deactivate Profile”, and then hit “Delete profile”.

Signing up for Threads will still require an Instagram account, as has been the case since its launch in July 2023.

The screenshot below shows what the option will look like on the Threads iOS mobile app.

The second change Mosseri announced was that Threads now allowed users to stop their posts on the platform from being featured on Facebook and Instagram.

“We heard feedback that you want more control over the experience,” Mosseri said.

The option to opt out of having your posts shown outside Threads is available under the “Privacy” section in Settings.

Threads launched with bare-bones functionality, making the app far less capable than its main rival — Twitter/X.

However, it has gradually added features over the past few months — including an edit button and more advanced search features — aiming to make itself a more viable alternative to the often-controversial Elon Musk-owned platform.

The company is also developing an API to allow developers to integrate Threads within other apps and platforms.


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