How to Direct Message on Instagram from Phone/PC

By Carrie Murray, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Recently, Direct Message (DM) on Instagram has been updated with several useful new features. You can now send Snap-like disappearing messages to your friends. And if you have been upset about Instagram not allowing you to share links in the post, you will be thrilled to find that you can now share links in direct messages. If you have neglected Direct Message in the past, maybe now is the time for you to start over with the Instagram's messaging feature. In this piece, you'll learn different ways to direct private message on Instagram from both mobile phone and PC. 

Three Ways to Direct Messages on Instagram from Phone

Direct Messages to One/Multiple Users (How to DM on Instagram)

Generally, we can send private Instagram messages to by clicking icon.   

Step 1. Click Direct Message Icon icon and choose + icon to add one or multiple receivers. The receivers should be no more than 15 people. You can direct messages to your followers as well as anyone that is not following you.   

Step 2. Enter your message. You can add photos, videos, links, texts. Click Send. 

Send Link on Instagram Direct

You can also send private message from a person's profile page. Tap three dot icon on his/her profile page and choose "Send Message" to begin directing message. 

Send Disappearing Photos/Videos 

After updating your Instagram to the latest version, you can send disappearing photos and videos to others. The photos and videos will disappear after hours or days. To send disappearing photos or video: 

Step 1. Go to Direct Message and choose the receivers. 

Step 2. Click the blue camera icon to take a photo or live video. You can add texts to the photo/video. 

Step 3. Click Send. You'll be notified that you sent a photo but the photo or video won't show on your inbox

Step 4. The disappearing messages will be highlighted blue in the receiver's inbox. The photo and live video can be replayed only once before it disappears from the receiver's inbox. And the sender will get notification if the receivers watch, replay or take a screenshot of the photo or video. 

Instagram Disappearing Messages

Share a Post via Direct Message 

When you see a really interesting Instagram post, you can share it to your friends via Direct Message. 

Step 1. Navigate to the post that you want to share. 

Step 2. Click icon. 

Step 3. Choose the one that you want to share the post with. And type texts if you like. 

Step 4. Click Send.

Instagram Direct Share Post

How to Send Instagram Direct Message on PC

Sometimes, we have photos on the computers and would like to use Instagram from our PCs. However, Instagram doesn't allow us to upload post or send messages online. Despite of using android emulator like Bluestacks, if you are using a computer running on Windows 10, you can download Instagram for Windows to send direct message on PC. 

Step 1. Get the Instagram application from Windows Store app

Step 2. Install Instagram on your Windows PC or tablet. 

Step 3. Launch the application and click Direct Message icon to send message. 

Send Instagram Direct Message on PC

Note: If your Windows computer has no touch screen monitor and rear-facing camera, you are unable to capture and upload photos and videos to Instagram from PC.

Common Questions about Using Instagram Direct

1. Direct Message Doesn't Show Some Messages 

Some users found that Instagram Direct doesn't display messages sent from certain users. If you are also troubled by the same problem, you can try to: 

  • Log out of your Instagram account and log in again;

  • Delete the conversation and start a new one;

  • Uninstalled Instagram and reinstall the app again;

  • Wipe caches partitions in recovery mode.

2. Is There A Way to See Deleted Direct Messages on Instagram? 

Quite a few users have this question. In fact, when you delete or hide a direct message on Instagram, there is no way to recover the message on your end. If you really need to see the message again, you can try to find it in the sender/receiver's phone. Currently, there is no workable method to recover direct messages on Instagram.


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