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:

The people you message will get a notification. To see messages you've sent with Instagram Direct, tap in the top right of Feed. You can manage the messages you've sent and received from here.

Photos and videos sent using Instagram Direct are only visible to people who can already see them. When you send a post from a private account as a message, only people who follow the account will be able to see it.

Posts sent with Instagram Direct can't be shared through Instagram to other sites like Facebook or Twitter. You're not able to tag people in messages, and messages sent using Instagram Direct 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, tap the message then select Decline or Allow at the bottom of the screen. You can also tap Ignore All 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 camera roll or ones you take using the in-app camera. Messages won’t appear in Feed, search or your profile.

To send photos/videos using Instagram Direct:

  1. Tap in the top right of Feed
  2. Tap in the top right
  3. Tap Send Photo or Video or Send Message
  4. Tap Library to upload a photo or video, or tap Photo or Video to take a new one
  5. Add optional effects, filters and a caption
  6. Tap Send
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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 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.

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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.

Messages that stay in the requests queue may become unavailable.

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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 of Feed
  2. Tap in the top right
  3. Tap Send Photo or Video or Send Message
  4. Enter a message or add optional effects, filters and a caption to your photo or video
  5. Tap Send

Once you create a group conversation, you can add a name for it. To name a group conversation, go to the conversation, add a name to the space labeled Name this group... 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 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

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 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
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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 of Feed
  2. Tap the group 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

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

You can also create a new 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 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
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You can report abusive messages that are sent to you with Instagram Direct by tapping and holding the message, then selecting Report.

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

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