If you wish to remove your profile and all posts made on Threads, the only option is to delete your Instagram account. Users have discovered that the integration between the two platforms is so intertwined that it’s impossible to delete the Threads account independently while keeping your Instagram account active as usual.
However, there is a way to exit Threads without deleting your Instagram account. You can deactivate your Threads account, which hides your posts, interactions, and profile on the social network. Your data remains stored on Meta’s servers, and if you decide to log in again, everything will be restored instantly.
Deactivating the Threads account provides a temporary solution for those who want to step away from the platform without permanently deleting their Instagram account. It allows you to take a break and maintain your data until you decide to return.
I deactivated my threads account already but it turns out you can’t delete your threads account *without also deleting your Instagram account* so maybe just don’t sign up!
— emily hughes ✨ (@emilyhughes) July 6, 2023
When it comes to deactivating your Threads account, there’s no specific time limit imposed. You can keep it deactivated for as long as you desire, indefinitely or until you decide to return. The flexibility is yours.
It’s not exactly a surprise.
From the very start, Threads has been positioned as an extension of Instagram. In app stores, it’s referred to as “Threads, an Instagram app,” emphasizing the connection between the two platforms, even though Threads has its distinct focus on text-based content. Therefore, the integration between the platforms, despite being separate applications, shouldn’t be a significant surprise.
It’s important to note that this integration is not unprecedented within the Meta ecosystem. For example, Messenger and Facebook operate as separate and independent apps on the same platform. So, while Threads and Instagram are distinct entities, they are part of a broader framework where different services can coexist within separate applications.
This approach allows for a more seamless experience across the Meta ecosystem, where users can access different functionalities and services while benefiting from the platforms’ interconnectedness. By leveraging this integration, Meta aims to provide users a cohesive and unified experience while catering to each app’s specific features and functionalities.
Will it change soon?
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri recently took to Threads to address the subject and shed some light on the matter. In his post, he aimed to explain the existing integration between the two platforms and emphasized that things are subject to change in the future.
Mosseri acknowledged the interconnection between Threads and Instagram and sought to provide clarity on why this integration exists. He highlighted that the current setup is designed to enhance the user experience and facilitate seamless transitions between the platforms.
However, he also emphasized that the landscape of social media is constantly evolving, and Instagram is committed to adapting to the needs and preferences of its users.