How to DM on Instagram?

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Instagram is primarily a photo and video sharing platform. In order to make its platform more versatile, Instagram also allows its users to send direct messages which are only visible to the persons to whom it is concerned.

So, you might want to know how to DM on Instagram? So, in this article, we will tell you about the same. So, let’s get started:

What is direct messaging on Instagram?

Direct messaging is a feature integrated with the Instagram that allows its users to send personal direct messages to others. One can send a photo to 1-15 persons at a time and the fact is that other than the recipients itself, anyone else won’t be able to see the direct message. It also allows you to delete the message at any time as well.

With Direct messaging service of Instagram, you can send any of the following items to the recipients:
1: Photos or videos.

2: Posts that are appearing on your news feed.

3: Profiles.

4: Text.

5: Hashtags and locations.

One key point to take a note is that the posts which are sent through direct messaging service on Instagram cannot be shared with other sites like Facebook or Twitter. The posts will also not appear either on your news feed or to your followers who are not in the recipients list.

In order to manage the direct messages, all that you have to do is to tap on the corresponding icon appears at the top right corner of the news feed. You can also allow or decline the direct messages.
When you allow a particular direct message, then their future messages will appear directly to your inbox.

How to DM on Instagram?


Step #1: As the very first step, you need to open the Instagram application on your device. For this, you will have to navigate to the Instagram icon which will be either placed on your home screen or in your app drawer. Once found then all that you have to do is to tap on it and this will launch the Instagram application for you.

If you are logged in to your Instagram account then, it’s fine but if you are not then you will be asked for the same. Just enter the corresponding credentials in order to enter your dashboard or feed.

Step #2: This step requires selecting the desired photo which you want to send via the direct messaging service of Instagram.

You can also capture a photo instantly and then send it as a direct message. In order to do so, you will have to tap on the camera button which is usually positioned at the bottom of the screen. After this, you will have to take the snap or the video whichever you wish to send. Once done then you can apply filters to it.

However, if you already have the picture or video with you in your gallery, then you can also send it via the direct messaging facility of Instagram.

The moment you are done with the selection, you are required to tap on next. If you have reached this far then, you are just a few steps away from the required.

Step #3: If you want to add some message with the photo or video then you can surely add this to the caption field. Just add that if you want to. The caption field can be seen next to the picture thumbnail.
Once you are done with the caption, then you will have to tap on the “OK” button.

After this, all that you require in this step is to tap on the “Direct” tab which holds the position at the top right corner of the screen. This allows you to choose the recipients to whom you want to send the direct message. You can either choose from your contact list, or you can also type in the username of the person to whom you want to send the direct message.

Additionally, you can also choose multiple recipients for sending the direct message.

Step #4: Once you are done with the selection of recipients then all that you require is to tap on the green button at the top right of the screen. You will also be able to see how many recipients you have added to your photo or video.

The photo or video which you have sent just now will be listed on your Instagram direct screen and will be visible to only those whom you have added to the recipients list. You may also be able to see the details like who and when has opened, liked, commented on your post.

How to receive DM on Instagram?

Meanwhile, you might want to know how to receive direct messages on Instagram. So, in this section, we will tell you about the same. So, let’s get started:

In order to receive a direct message on Instagram, you need not to do anything special. Instagram will do the job for you. Whenever you will receive any direct message from others, you will be pinged through the inbox icon which is positioned at the top right corner of the screen.

Tapping on it will display the list of direct messages, you have received from others.
In order to read the direct message all that you have to do is to tap on the desired one and read that. If you wish, then you can also reply to that direct message.

Now, we are on a verge to end this article on “How to DM on Instagram?” We believe that we made this article helpful enough to satisfy your curiosity and need about Direct messaging on Instagram.

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arun singh

Arun Singh is a experienced server management geek and he has more than 8 years of experienced handling hosting server and he do sometimes share his knowledge in digital marketing. He currently with private company in Mumbai, India and he handles server management at

1 thought on “How to DM on Instagram?”

  1. I need to delete some of the suggested users that are on my direct message list. Or hide them. It appears this list is populated by prior viewing activity.


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