How do I send a message to someone on Instagram?

With Instagram Direct, you can send messages, photos and videos to one or more people. Messages won’t appear in Feed, search or your profile.

To send a message using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap or in the top right or swipe left from anywhere in Feed.
  2. Tap in the top right.
  3. Select people you'd like to send a message to, then tap Chat.
  4. Type a message. You can also tap to take and send a disappearing photo or video, or to select a photo or video from your library.
  5. Tap Send.

To message someone you follow, you can also go to their profile and tap Message.

Note: Links you send using Instagram Direct will appear in the conversation with a preview image. When you send an address or phone number, you can tap it from within the conversation to open your phone’s maps app or make a call.

Keep in mind, Instagram accounts you message may use third party apps or automated services to send messages in Direct.

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