How To Delete All of Your Instagram Direct Messages
When Instagram first rolled out, it was just a place to share photos. The app has consistently added feature after feature, however, and one of the most popular features has been the addition of Direct Messages. Among a myriad of other features, users can now chat on-on-one and create groups in which to send direct messages to one another. It seems strange but there are many people who use Instagram as their main instant messaging service.
Unfortunately, Instagram wasn’t really designed for DMs and it shows in the relative paucity of tools for managing your DM inbox. Once your inbox gets cluttered, whether with old messages from your friends or with spam and sketchy links sent by scammers (never tap or click on a link in an Instagram DM if you don’t know the person who sent it, by the way!), it’s rather a pain to get it uncluttered. Is there a way to delete all your conversations at once and get a fresh start?
Can You Delete All Conversations at Once?
Unfortunately, Instagram does not support deleting all your messages at once. We have reviewed the available Instagram support apps to see if someone has created an app to do this for you, but as of August 2019 this feature just doesn’t exist.
However, you can delete entire conversations at one go. This means you’ll only have to repeat the deletion process once per conversation, not once per message. It’s still a pain, but it’s a lot better than having to do it one message at a time.
To delete a conversation, take the following steps:
- Tap the DM button at the top-right of your home screen.
- Choose the conversation that you want to delete and drag it to the left.
- 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; you aren’t deleting their copy.
If you’re trying to just get rid of certain conversations, you can also use the Search function to find those conversations rather than having to scroll through your entire DM inbox. 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.
Deleting Individual Messages
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. 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:
- Hold the message you’ve sent to someone.
- Select Unsend Message.
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. You can’t erase their memory of having gotten the message, or their screenshots of the message if they’re the paranoid type, but you can at least get rid of some of the evidence.
Getting Rid of All Direct Messages From One Person
There is one way of getting rid of all the direct messages from one person and also delete all their copy of the messages. Unfortunately it’s a bit of a drastic step.
The only way to remove all messages from both peoples’ chats is by blocking the person you’re chatting with. This ensures that neither one of you will be able to see the conversation.
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.
Deleting Everything with AutoClicker
There is a way to delete all your messages in Instagram, by using a tool called AutoClicker (Android only) to automate the process. Auto Clicker for Android is a tool that lets you automate repeated taps and swipes in any app or screen on your Android. Once you play around with it, you will be very excited by the possibilities this powerful free program provides. However, for now we’ll just focus on deleting our DMs in Instagram.
- Launch your Instagram app.
- Launch the Auto Clicker app.
- Tap “Enable” under Multi Targets Mode. This will allow you to have multiple points of tapping, with a delay between taps.
- In Instagram, go to your Direct Messages screen.
- Tap and hold the green “+” symbol to create a swipe point, a circle with a 1 circumscribed inside it. Drag the swipe point to the first conversation in your DMs.
- Move the second circle inside the first circle; we are instructing Auto Clicker to tap and hold.
- Tap the circle to bring up the settings dialog for this swipe; set the delay to 1000 milliseconds and the swipe time to 1000 milliseconds.
- In Instagram, long-tap on the first conversation to actually move the process along so that you can see where to do the next taps.
- The context menu appears; tap on the “+” icon to add a tap point, and drag the tap point to the line of the context menu reading “Delete”. This will be tap point 2 and will have a 2 in the circle.
- In Instagram, tap the delete line to move the process along again.
- The deletion confirmation menu appears; tap on the “+” icon to create tap point 3 and drag the tap point to the appropriate spot.
- Hit cancel to not delete this conversation at this point.
- Tap the gear icon and give this tap script (they call it a configuration) a name. Save the script and now you can run this command repeatedly for hundreds or thousands of iterations, automatically and without any human oversight.
- Hit the blue Run arrow to execute your script.
You can turn off the Auto Click app interface by disabling it in the Auto Click app home screen.
It’s an extremely powerful technology that you can use in many ways, not just for speeding up your Instagram process!
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 hasn’t provided the feature and doesn’t seem likely to at this point. 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. Finally, you can use automation to greatly enhance the speed of manual deletion.
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