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How to Chat Privately on Instagram

By Max. D Gray. Updated: April 21, 2020
How to Chat Privately on Instagram

Instagram is the popular social media photo video-sharing app owned by Facebook. It is known worldwide as the best social networking service for instantly sharing photographs with friends, families and other followers.

Instagram also allow you to send personal and direct messages. In these chats you can send photos, posts, stickers and voice messages. In this oneHOWTO article, we are going to show you how to chat privately on Instagram.

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How to privately chat with someone on Instagram

To privately chat with someone on Instagram through Direct Instagram, follow these simple steps:

  1. To privately chat with someone on Instagram through Direct Messages, follow these easy steps:
  2. Open Instagram and tap on the send icon on the top right corner.
  3. Type your friend's username on the search bar.
  4. Now, the private chat will open.
  5. You can send photos and videos for only them to see by clicking the blue camera icon on the bottom left. This will open your camera so you can take a photo or a video.
  6. To send them a photo or video you have in your phone gallery, you will need to tap a different icon. For this, tap on the photo icon on the bottom right corner of your phone. It is between the microphone and the sticker icon. Now, your gallery will appear. You can now select which photo or video you want to send the.
  7. You can send a voice message by tapping and holding onto the microphone icon.
  8. To send a sticker, tap on the sticker icon on the bottom right.

When you send photos or videos, you can choose whether they can reply the photo/video once, never or to keep it in the chat so they can see it in the future too.

Another great feature is that you can now video call your friends on Instagram. In fact, you can have a video call of up to 4 people. To do this, go into the chat as we've previously mentioned how to do. Then click on the video icon on the top right corner. This will begin the video call.

How to Chat Privately on Instagram - How to privately chat with someone on Instagram

How to message someone who doesn't follow you

When you wish to private message someone who doesn't follow you, things will be a little different. To open the chat with them, it's the same process we have previously mentioned. You can also send them photos, videos, stickers, voice messages or posts. However they will find your message in the “message request” section. Then, they will either accept or decline your direct message.

If they allow the message, your chat will be moved to their direct messages. If they decline, the message and request will be deleted. In the photos below, you'll see what they see if you message them.

How to Chat Privately on Instagram - How to message someone who doesn't follow you

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Maria Caballero
Thank you for the information. I have a doubt. I received a private chat. But the person's name was not the original with the blue check mark. It only said the name of the person and private chat. When I accepted the request I was able to see his followers and following. I need your expertise on this. Thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Maira,

Blue checks are only for verified accounts. If they are claiming to be a celebrity, but don't have a verified account, it is possible they are a scammer. Try searching for the original name or looking at their posts to see if it is official.
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ty for the informations
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shanika dixon
I love this
Jesse
I can't figure out how to get rid of the "discover people" In the top right of feed instead of the arrow
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jesse
On the home page of your food the top right arrow is what you click on the access your Instagram messages. To discover people on Instagram, on the other hand, would required you to click on the ´magnifying glass´on the bottom left of the screen.
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aderinoye tomiwa
why is it that on my laptop i cant privately talk to my friends nor comments on pictures all i could do is like. please reach my gmail anytime you can because i need to talk to my friends and i just lost my phone and it is my only means to communicate with people is on my laptop
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Aderinoye,

Sorry, but unfortunately Instagram has been designed so that you can only use certain features on the mobile app. You can't upload photos or send messages. The only way you can communicate without a mobile emulator would be to comment on certain posts of your friends, but this information is public.
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Connor
If you block someone will it erase the conversation you had with them in private messages?
lucy
how come on my wiiu it won't let me text people
parth shah
how can we chat on laptop privetly ????
shahd
i have the same question
Jitendra shirsat
how to chat privately on instagram for windows phone
OneHowTo Editor
On windows phone, once you have opened Instagram you will also find the archive button at one of the sides of the top screen on your phone. Let us know if you can't find it.
Hope this helps
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Emily
why doesn't my insta have the archive thing

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