Instagram Direct

Instagram Direct lets you exchange threaded messages with one or more people, and share posts you see in Feed as a message.

Sending and receiving messages

Instagram Direct lets you send messages to one or more people. You can send the following things as a message on Instagram Direct:

To see messages you've sent with Instagram Direct, tap in the top-right corner of Feed. From there, you can manage the messages you've sent and received.

When you send a post from Feed using Instagram Direct, it'll only visible to people who can already see it. For example, if you send a post from a private account as a message, only people who follow that account will be able to see it.

Photos or videos sent with Instagram Direct can't be shared through Instagram to other sites like Facebook or Twitter, and won't appear on hashtag and location pages.

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When someone you follow sends you a message with Instagram Direct, you can view it by tapping in the top right of Feed.

If someone you don’t follow sends you a message, it’ll appear as a request in your inbox. To decline or allow the message, swipe left on the message then select Decline or Allow at the bottom of the screen. You can also tap Decline All at the bottom of the screen to ignore all requests at one time. When you allow a message request from someone, their future messages will go directly to your inbox.

Learn more about reporting abusive messages.

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Instagram Direct lets you send a photo or video as a message to one or more people. You can send photos or videos from your library or take new ones. Messages won’t appear in Feed, search or your profile.

To send a photo or video using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed.
  2. Tap New Message at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select people you'd like to send to, then tap Next.
  4. Type a message or tap . From there, select a photo or video from your library or tap to take a new one.
  5. Add optional effects, filters and a caption.
  6. Tap Send.

You can also send disappearing photos and videos as a direct message.

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You can send posts you see in Feed as a direct message. Messages won't appear in Feed, search or your profile.

To send posts you see in Feed as a direct message:

  1. Tap below the post you'd like to send
  2. Search for and select the person or group you'd like to send the post to (up to 15 people)
  3. Add an optional message and tap Send

You can also send a post as a Direct message by commenting on it. To do this, mention the accounts you'd like to send the post to at the beginning of the comment, then tap Send. Tap or to switch between sending the post as a message and posting a comment.

Note: When you send a private account's post as a message, only people who follow that account will be able to see the post. The person who uploaded the post won't be notified.

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When you send a profile as a message, it will show the person's name, username and a preview of some of their photos. To send a profile as a message using Instagram Direct:

  1. Go to the profile you'd like to send as a message
  2. Tap and then select Share this Profile
  3. Search for and select the person or group you'd like to send the profile to (up to 15 people)
  4. Tap Send

Profiles sent using Instagram Direct are only visible to people who can already see them. If you send a private profile as a message, only people who follow the account will be able to see a preview of their photos.

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To send a hashtag as a message using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap the hashtag you'd like to send
  2. Tap in the top-right
  3. Search for and select the person or group you'd like to send the hashtag to (up to 15 people)
  4. Tap Send

When you send a hashtag as a message, it will appear with a preview of Top Posts from that hashtag page. Keep in mind that messages sent using Instagram Direct won't appear on hashtag pages.

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To send a location as a message using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap the location you'd like to send
  2. Tap in the top-right
  3. Search for and select the person or group you'd like to send the location to (up to 15 people)
  4. Tap Send

When you send a location as a message, it will appear with a preview of posts that include that location. Keep in mind that messages sent using Instagram Direct won't appear on location pages.

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To unsend a message you've sent using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed
  2. Select the conversation and go to the message you'd like to unsend
  3. Tap and hold on the message, and then select Unsend

Once you unsend a message, it will no longer be visible to people included in the conversation. Keep in mind that the people you sent it to may have already seen your message.

Note: You're not able to unsend disappearing photos and videos you send using Instagram Direct.

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Yes, you can send a message to anyone when you use Instagram Direct. If you send a message to someone who doesn’t follow you, it'll appear as a request in their inbox. If someone allows your message request, your future messages will go directly to their inbox.

Keep in mind that you can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you or have already approved messages from you.

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Managing your conversations

You can create a new group conversation in Instagram Direct by sending a message to 2 or more people. To create a new group conversation:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed.
  2. Tap New Message at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select 2 or more people you'd like to send to, then tap Next.
  4. Type a message or tap . From there, select a photo or video from your library or tap to take a new one.
  5. Add optional effects, filters and a caption.
  6. Tap Send.

Once you create a group conversation, you can add a name for it. To name a group conversation, tap in the top right of the conversation, add a name to the space labeled Group Name and tap Done.

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You can rename group conversations of 3 or more people. To rename a group conversation in Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed
  2. Tap the group conversation you'd like to rename
  3. Tap in the top right, and then tap next to Group Name
  4. Enter a new name for the group conversation, and then tap Done

For group conversations where you've sent or received disappearing photos and videos, you can also rename the group from the circles at the top of your inbox:

  1. Tap and hold the group conversation at the top of your inbox
  2. Tap View Group then add a name next to Group Name
  3. Tap Done

Keep in mind that people included in the group conversation will be able to see that you've renamed it.

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When you mute a group conversation in Instagram Direct, you'll still be included in the conversation but won't get notifications from it. To mute notifications from a group conversation in Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed
  2. Tap the group conversation you'd like to mute
  3. Tap in the top right, and then tap next to Mute Notifications
  4. Tap Done

For group conversations where you've sent or received disappearing photos and videos, you can also mute the group from the circles at the top of your inbox. Tap and hold the group conversation at the top of your inbox, tap View Group then tap next to Mute Notifications.

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You can add more people to group conversations that already include 3 or more people. To add people to a group conversation in Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed
  2. Tap the conversation you'd like to add people to
  3. Tap in the top right
  4. Tap Add People below Members
  5. Search for and select people you'd like to add, and then tap Done

For group conversations where you've sent or received disappearing photos and videos, you can also add people to the group from the circles at the top of your inbox:

  1. Tap and hold the group conversation at the top of your inbox
  2. Tap View Group then tap Add People...
  3. Select the people you'd like to add then tap Done

Learn what people see when you add them to an existing group conversation.

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When you leave a group conversation, you won't get messages from the group unless someone adds you back to the conversation. To leave a group message in Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of Feed
  2. Tap the group conversation you'd like to leave
  3. Tap in the top right
  4. Tap Leave Conversation, then tap to confirm

For group conversations where you've sent or received disappearing photos and videos, you can also leave the group from the circles at the top of your inbox:

  1. Tap and hold the conversation at the top of your inbox
  2. Tap View Group
  3. Scroll down and tap Leave Conversation
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You can report abusive photos, videos and messages that are sent to you with Instagram Direct:

  1. Open the conversation
  2. Tap and hold the message you'd like to report
  3. Select Report

If you'd like to report a post from Feed that was sent to you with Instagram Direct, you can tap the post and report it.

If you want to stop someone from sending you messages, you can block that person or report their profile.

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