Can You Unsend Instagram Messages?

by Khadija Anwar
2 minutes
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Have you ever sent a wrong DM on Instagram and immediately regretted it? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! But the question is, can you unsend Instagram messages? Let’s find out!

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Instagram messages, or Instagram Direct, are convenient for communicating with followers and friends.

However, mistakes happen, and you may send a message you didn’t mean to. This can be particularly frustrating if the message was sent to the wrong person or contains embarrassing content.

Worry no further! Because you can unsend messages on Instagram.

The better news? The recipient wouldn’t know if you have unsent the message.  It’s awesome, right? Your Instagram DM won’t rant to the recipient about any deleted chat.

How to Delete Instagram Messages?

To delete an Instagram message, follow these steps:

Step 1:

Open your Instagram and go to your Direct Messages by tapping the “Paper Airplane” icon in the top right corner.

Direct Message

Step 2:

Select the chat tab that contains the message you want to delete.

tap on chat

Step 3:

Find your targeted message and press and hold on to it. Tap “Unsend” from the pop-up menu. The message will be removed from the sender and recipient’s chat history.

tap on unsend

Limitations and Restrictions of Unsending Instagram Message Feature

The unsend feature allows users to delete messages within the past 10 minutes. Once this time limit has passed, the message cannot be unsent.

It only works for messages sent through Instagram’s Direct Message (DM) feature. It does not work for messages posted as comments or stories.

The message can be unsend between two users in a Direct Message conversation. It does not work for messages sent in group chats.

The Unsend Message feature cannot return a message that has expired and been deleted.


Does it notify you when you Unsend a message on Instagram?

No, it won’t notify the recipient when you unsend a message.

What happens when you Unsend a message on Instagram?

When someone unsend the message on Instagram, the chat will be removed from the sender and recipient chat history.

Khadija Anwar

Meet Khadija Anwar, an accomplished tech writer with over 500 published write-ups to her name. Her impressive portfolio can be found on the ContentStudio blog, LinkedIn, and the Fiverr platform.

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