Who you can send messages to with Instagram Direct
You can send a message to anyone when you use Instagram Direct.
Keep in mind:
  • If you send a message to someone who doesn’t follow you, it'll appear as a request in their inbox.
  • If you send a message to someone who doesn't follow you but has added you to their close friends, your message will go directly to their inbox.
  • If someone allows your message request, your future messages will go directly to their inbox.
  • You can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you or have already approved messages from you.
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