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How to Check Your Instagram Direct Messages

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Carissa
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Instagram direct messages are a great and easy way to privately chat and/or send photos/videos to your friends or followers without having to share with your followers as a whole. This article covers how to check your direct messages on your mobile device and desktop, as well as how to delete those messages.

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How to Check Instagram Messages (Desktop)

To check your Instagram messages on the desktop:

  1. Step 1

    Go to instagram.com and log into your account.

  2. Step 2

    Click on the mailing icon (paper airplane) on top right of screen.

  3. Step 3

    Look under direct messages, there should be a list of your messages from most recent to least. Unread messages will have a blue dot on the right.

  4. Step 4

    Click on the message you would like to read. Your message will move from the left pane to the right, opening a chat box.

  5. Step 5

    To reply, click on “message” at the bottom of the right pane; or you can tap one of the icons next to it and send an emoji or picture/video.

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How to Check Instagram Messages (Mobile App)

To check your Instagram messages on your mobile device:

  1. Step 1

    Sign in to your account.

  2. Step 2

    Find the mail icon (paper airplane) in the top right corner of your screen and tap. (It should have a red number indicating how many new messages you have received).

  3. Step 3

    Look under “messages.” They should be listed from top to bottom from most recent to least recent. Any messages you have not read yet will have a blue dot. 

  4. Step 4

    Tap the message you would like to read.

  5. Step 5

    To reply, hit “message” at the bottom of the screen or one of the icons directly next to it if you would like to text through voice, send a picture/video, or send a giphy.

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How to Delete an Instagram Direct Message

You can delete Instagram messages in two different ways by either deleting an entire conversation or unsending one of your own personal messages. 

To delete an entire conversation:

  1. Step 1

    Sign in to your Instagram account.

  2. Step 2

    Tap your mail icon (paper airplane).

  3. Step 3

    Find the name of the person whose conversation you’re wanting to delete under “messages.”

  4. Step 4

    For Android, you will want to tap and hold their name until a box appears allowing you to delete the messages. For the iPhone, swipe left and the box will pop up to delete the messages. 

  5. Step 5

    Tap delete.

  6. Step 6

    Confirm by tapping delete again.

When you delete an entire conversation, it only deletes it from your side. Anyone else involved in the conversation will still be able to see it through their own account. 

To unsend a message:

  1. Step 1

    Sign in to your Instagram account.

  2. Step 2

    Tap the mail icon (paper airplane).

  3. Step 3

    Tap into the desired conversation.

  4. Step 4

    Find the message you would like to unsend. (you can only unsend yours).

  5. Step 5

    Tap the desired message until a pop up shows up allowing you to unsend the message.

  6. Step 6

    Tap “unsend message.”

  7. Step 7

    Confirm by tapping “unsend” again.

Even though you can unsend a message, the people in the conversation may have received a notification on their phone indicating that you had sent and/or unsent a message. However, when you unsend a message, it deletes it from both sides of the conversation. 

Conclusion

Networking is a very important part of Instagram. Don’t forget to send an Instagram message back when you receive one so that you remain on good terms with your collaborators.