How to Chat Privately on Instagram

By Max. D Gray. Updated: November 27, 2018
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 perfect social networking service for sharing photographs instantly with followers. Now, Instagram also provides the service and option, in addition to tagging, hashtags and commenting on posts, to send personal messages in a direct chat. In this oneHOWTO article we show you how to chat privately on Instagram, step-by-step.

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To Chat privately on Instagram (Instagram direct) is fairly simple, you'll just need to follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Open your Instagram app and click on the logo that looks like an archive or arrow on the top right of the screen.
  2. The next step is to press on the "+" button on the top right to start a new chat. The app will give you an option to search for who you want to send the message to, you can choose more than one person. Type in that person’s Instagram username and click on it.
  3. Once you have chosen the person. You can write a message in the message box.
  4. If you want to send a photo from your gallery click on the picture box next to picture logo on the bottom right.
  5. If you want to send a heart to signify you like the message you can click on the heart next to the picture logo on its right.
  6. If you want to send a live stream feature or take a photo that sends immediately and not through your gallery. Click on the camera logo on the left of the message box and snap away!

Remember, all images or videos you send in Instagram direct chat will be disappear after one view for security reasons. If you have just received it you can replay it, but not more than 2-3 times.

How to Chat Privately on Instagram - Step 1

Direct message if someone is not following you

If you are not following someone and they want to send you a message it will be held in a message request queue.

  1. This queue is visible if you go into your direct message page.
  2. On the top right it will say how many people are in this queue. If will say (number)+ Requests.
  3. In order to see this click blue requests. You will be directed to your direct message queue.
  4. From there you need to go into each message to accept or decline the request. If you accept the request it will be moved to your direct message inbox. This person will only know that you have received the request if you choose ‘allow’.
  5. If you choose to decline the message, the message will disappear from the direct message queue.

This process will be the same if you send a message to a person that is not following you.

If you want to block someone from messaging you completely, please follow these steps in how to block someone on Instagram.

How to Chat Privately on Instagram - Step 2

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What did you think of this article?
ty for the informations
shanika dixon
I love this
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.
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.
If you block someone will it erase the conversation you had with them in private messages?
how come on my wiiu it won't let me text people
parth shah
how can we chat on laptop privetly ????
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
why doesn't my insta have the archive thing
Ariana simmons
How are you guys out there are you guys to being good or not

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