How do I manage 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:
- Tap or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
- Tap in the top right, then tap Settings.
- Tap Privacy, then tap Story.
- Select an option below Allow Replies and Reactions or Allow Message Replies (Instagram Lite).
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.