Direct Messaging (DM) is a neat feature of many social networks, including Instagram, that allows you to communicate directly and privately with someone you know (or even with people you don’t know, depending on the platform). Instagram calls its direct messaging feature “Instagram Direct.”
Most social applications have some form of DM and most social media users regard DM as an essential feature, but not every DM feature works the same. How much do you know about how this feature works on your favorite social media networks like Instagram?
Can you tell if someone deleted your DM on Instagram? Can you unsend (i.e., take back a message that you regret) an Instagram DM? Can you delete an Instagram DM without the recipient knowing that you deleted the message before they had a chance to read it?
These are very common questions among Instagram users. Instagram may be all about the looks but direct messaging also plays a major part in the Instagram experience. A picture may be worth a thousand words but you still need those words to communicate effectively with others on Instagram.
So, like other social networks, communication and the many informal rules that surround it need to be learned in order to survive om Instagram. While that’s too large a subject for one article, I can show you how to use Instagram Direct.
Let’s take a look at whether or not you can tell if someone deleted your DM on Instagram as well as some of the other aspects of Instagram’s Direct Message feature.
How to Access Instagram Direct
Instagram Direct is the DM part of the Instagram social network. It allows you to communicate directly to one or more people through the network without having to post anything on your public feed. You can send video, images, chats, files, locations, hashtags, and all that good stuff.
To access Instagram Direct follow these steps:
- Open a feed and select the paper plane icon located in the top right of the screen.
- Tap the ‘+’ icon in the top right and add the person you want to message.
- Type in your message on the next screen and then tap Send.
You can add media by using the media icon. You can also send disappearing media using the colored camera icon.
Can You Tell if Someone Deleted Your DM on Instagram?
While communication is a two-way street, notification isn’t. You can work out a lot using sent, delivered, and seen, but you cannot tell anything else. There have to be some secrets even on social media!
You cannot really tell if someone deleted your DM on Instagram. You can just tell whether it was delivered or seen based on the notification you receive. Instagram does not tell you what happens beyond notifying you that the message was delivered and the message was seen by the intended recipient.
Can You Unsend an Instagram Direct Message?
Ever sent someone a message that you regret? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
We have all done it and it is apparently called The Fear™. When you send a message to the wrong person or send the right person a very wrong message. It usually happens when drunk, seriously tired, or upset, and can have serious ramifications for your social life. Sometimes you want to reverse what you’ve done.
Fortunately, along with other social networks, there is a way to unsend messages on Instagram. To unsend a message you’ve sent using Instagram Direct just follow these steps:
- Select the Instagram Direct message you want to unsend.
- Tap and hold that message until a popup appears.
- Tap Unsend.
If the recipient has not seen the Instagram Direct Message, they will not get to see it. Unfortunately, if the recipient has seen your Instagram Direct Message then, of course, it’s too late. The message will still be deleted but the damage will have been done.
How to Send a Disappearing Photo or Video using Instagram Direct
Disappearing messages are a cool idea that was first made popular by Snapchat. Like all good ideas, it was copied and used elsewhere on the Internet. This is a useful feature that allows you to send images or videos that will disappear once seen. The message will disappear from your outbox once sent and the recipient’s inbox once viewed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to stop that recipient from taking a screenshot of the media though.
To send a disappearing photo or video using Instagram Direct:
- Select New Message as you normally would.
- Select the blue image icon to take or add a video or image.
- Select Add Effects and then select One View.
- Select the recipients as you normally would.
- Hit Send.
When in ‘Effects,’ you will see ‘One View,’ ‘Allow Replay,’ or ‘Keep in Chat.’ ‘One View’ allows a single view of the image or video. ‘Allow Replay’ allows a single replay of a video, and ‘Keep in Chat’ allows a preview image to remain in the chat thread. The image or video will still disappear once the relevant criteria have been met.
Can You Direct Message Someone You Don’t Follow on Instagram?
Most of the time messaging is between followers and that’s fine. Most people don’t feel the need to privately message strangers on social media.
Still, there might be times when you see someone in a feed or elsewhere and want to communicate with them directly for one reason or another. Fortunately, with Instagram Direct, you can do the following with regards to Direct Messaging people you don’t follow on Instagram:
- Select the recipient from a feed or wherever and select send message.
- Type the message and send it as normal.
- The recipient will see the message as a request rather than a DM and can choose to respond or not.
If they respond, you can follow them and use Instagram Direct as normal or continue messaging without following. You cannot send disappearing messages but normal Instagram Direct messages work fine.
Instagram Direct is a great Direct Message feature that includes a lot of unique and useful features. While you can’t tell if someone deleted your Direct Message, there are a number of other features, like disappearing messages, that make Instagram Direct fun to use.
If you liked this TechJunkie article, you might also enjoy reading How To Find your Follow Requests in Instagram.
Have you ever unsent a message you sent via Instagram Direct? Have you sent a disappearing photo or video? If so, please tell us about it in the comments below!