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How To Delete All of your Instagram Direct Messages

Posted by Arch on November 8, 2018

Long gone are the days when Instagram was just a photo sharing service. Now, among a myriad of features, users can send direct messages to one another. You can chat one-on-one and even create groups. This is why there are many people today using Instagram as their main instant messaging service.

However, this often leads to a cluttered DM inbox. Even worse, there are many spammers that use the feature to either promote themselves or send some sketchy links (never open these, by the way).

Whatever the situation might be, you’ll want to de-clutter your inbox so that you can have a clearer view of the conversations that matter.

Can You Delete All Conversations at Once?

Unfortunately, you can’t. Mass deleting isn’t available, so you’ll have to manually remove every conversation that you don’t want to see anymore. This is very easy to do, but can be a pretty exhausting task if you have a ton of conversations that you want to delete.

To delete a conversation, take the following steps:

  1. Tap the DM button at the top-right of your home screen.

  2. Choose the conversation that you want to delete and drag it to the left.

  3. Tap Delete.

Once you do this, the conversation will no longer be in your inbox. Keep in mind that the other person will still have access to the full conversation, though. Also, since there’s no way to select multiple conversations, you’ll have to do this for each one that you want to delete.

The Search function may make this a bit easier. Rather than going through all your conversations, you can type a person’s name in the search bar at the top of your screen to find and delete your conversation with them.

Currently, this is the only way to delete entire conversations. But what if you only want to delete specific messages and not the whole conversation? Well, there’s a feature that might come in very handy.

Deleting Individual Messages

Instagram quietly introduced the Unsend feature a few years ago. To say that everyone who tends to send messages by accident or text their ex while drunk was grateful for this would be a huge understatement. There’s no doubt that it’s one of the best messaging features out there.

If you’ve never used it before, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Hold the message you’ve sent to someone.

  2. Select Unsend.

This deletes the message for both you and the recipient, so it’s as if you never sent it at all. If you send a message that you later regret, you can delete it before the person even sees it. Unfortunately, there’s no way to mass delete individual messages either, so you’ll have to do it for every message separately.

The Only True Way of Deleting All Direct Messages

Even though the mass delete option isn’t available, you can still delete all the messages from a conversation. Better yet, you can do this for both you and the person you’ve been chatting with. The thing is, it’s not primarily a message-related option.

The only way to remove all the messages from both chats is by blocking the person you’re chatting with. This ensures that neither one of you will be able to see the conversation. So if things got very serious and you want nothing to do with a particular person anymore, this is the way to delete all the messages you had previously exchanged.

Doing this is very simple. Just go to the person’s profile, tap on the three dots at the top-right of the screen, then tap Block.

Aside from deleting all the messages that you’ve sent to one another, this will also delete all the likes and comments from this person. This way, you won’t have to deal with them anymore. So if you really want to get rid of all messages with someone and don’t want them to contact you again, this is the way to go.

The Wrap Up

These are all the options for deleting messages from your DM inbox. While having a mass select option would be amazing, Instagram still doesn’t seem to think so. We might see it in the future, but until then, you’ll have to delete you messages separately.

So if you’re looking to de-clutter your DM inbox and you have a ton of conversations, arm yourself with patience and take some time to do it. And if you want to make sure that all the messages exchanged between you and certain people are gone for good, blocking them will do the job just fine.

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