How do I control who can reply to my Instagram story with a message?

By default, anyone who can see your story can reply to it directly with a message. When you prevent someone from replying, they won't see that option from within your story. To control who's able to reply to your story:

  1. Go to your profile and tap .
  2. TapSettings.
  3. Tap Privacy > Story.
  4. Select an option below Allow Message Replies.

Keep in mind that your story disappears from Feed, your profile and Direct after 24 hours unless you add it as a highlight. After that, photos and videos from a person's story will no longer be visible in conversations. Any text that was included with a message will still be visible after the photo or video disappears.

You can also hide your story from people.

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