How To Use Instagram Direct Like A Pro

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If you’ve always wanted to limit who amongst your Instagram followers gets to see certain pictures on your feed, an update released today can make that happen. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom announced today at a low-key New York press event that the latest version of the photo-sharing app lets users send photo and video messages to specific friends, a la Twitter’s Direct Messages feature. If you’re an Android or iOS device user, you can get the update today. Here’s how to use Instagram Direct.

1. Capture the photo or video you wish to send by tapping the camera icon at the bottom of your Instagram home page. You can also select existing files by tapping the Camera Roll button in the viewfinder page.

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2. Select a filter as you normally would. 

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3. Compose your caption or message to accompany the photo or video. 

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4. Tap Direct at the top, next to Followers. 

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5. Select your desired recipients by tapping the circle next to their names.

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You can also search for your friends by typing their names in the To field.

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6. Hit Send at the bottom of the page.

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You’re done! To look at your sent messages, just tap the tray icon at the top right of your home page to bring up the Instagram Direct page. 

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How to Delete Instagram Direct Messages

From that page, you can also delete messages in case you’re suffering from sender’s regret.

1.Tap the offending entry to pull it up. 

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2. Hit the three-dot button.

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3. Select Delete This Post

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4. Tap Delete on the alert that pops up.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. andy Says:

    Hey Cherlynn, I have a Problem with deleting DM in Instagram. Is it possible, that that is cause I first deleted the pics from my Picture Folder on my Iphone? The normal delete instructions don’t work.
    Maybe someone else has the same Problem. Thanks for your advice.

  2. Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer Says:

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for reaching out! I tried deleting a DM after deleting the picture and had no problems with it. What do you mean by the delete instructions don’t work? Feel free to tell me what it is you’re not seeing.


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