iPhone: this basic function of Instagram finally arrives on iOS

News hardware iPhone: this basic function of Instagram finally arrives on iOS

Published on 02/07/2022 at 15:15

Instagram has many advantages over its iPhone version compared to the Android one, but there is one feature that was still missing. It looks basic, but it’s only just arrived.

Delete your account from the app, finally

This possibility seems to be simple and obvious, but it was not possible at all before. Instagram has launched an update available now on iOS devices, and it concerns Instagram account deletion.

Until now, if you wanted to permanently delete your Instagram account, you absolutely had to go to a web browser from a computer. to perform the operation. Knowing that the percentage of people who regularly use Instagram on a browser is extremely low, this didn’t make much sense.

Now with the new update, you can finally delete your account from the application on iPhone and iPad.

It’s very simple, but it’s important and good to know for those who are tired of the social network. Here’s how to do it, it’s quite simple:

  • On the iPhone application, go to the “Profile” section at the bottom right of the screen
  • Tap on the three horizontal bars at the top right
  • Choose “Settings”
  • Choose “Account”
  • Go to “Delete account”

Why such a big change, so late? It’s because of Apple

If Meta, which owns Instagram, was forced to add this account deletion option directly from the application, it is because it is an obligation on the part of Apple. It is convenient for app developers not to offer account deletion easily.

Forcing the user to go to a web browser to perform an action is already a big enough barrier for many to give up or tell themselves that they will do it later.

This is to prevent this kind of practice that Apple has established in its App Store, the iPhone and iPad application store, the following rule: each app must have the minimum of settings integrated into the smartphone. Otherwise, it is imperative to allow users to use the app without creating an account.

Inevitably, Meta wants you to have an Instagram account, and therefore complies with Apple’s rule, even if reluctantly.

This is one of the directives that Apple establishes to ensure the protection of user privacy, a cause it has long defended to stand out from other tech giants who use data as a business.

Many decisions go in this direction at Apple, with for example the obligation for App Store applications to clearly display what data is used and the reason for its use.

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