Can I use Instagram Direct to send messages to people I’m not following?
Yes, 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.