To disable direct messages on Instagram, you can turn off message notifications. First, open your app and log in to your account. Then, go to your profile page by hitting the profile icon from the bottom left corner. Now hit Menu from the top right, and then select Settings. After that, choose Notifications. To turn off message requests and messages, tap the ‘Direct Messages and Calls’ option.
If you want to avoid message requests from users you’re not following on Instagram, simply turn off the ‘Message Request’ feature. This way, users who aren’t following you won’t be able to spam your direct messages. Go to your profile and open the ‘Menu’ from the top right. Then select ‘Settings’, choose ‘Privacy’, and open the ‘Messages’ option. Here you can select your audience for messages.
Can You Disable Direct Messages On Instagram?
No, Instagram does not have a feature that will help you to disable direct messages altogether. However, you can use some tricks which will make it seem like you have disabled your messages. The trick is to turn off notifications for any messages. This way, you will not get any push notification for any direct message. Although you will not receive any notifications about direct messages while your phone is in silent or vibrate mode, you can still check and reply to them in the direct message section.
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Go to your profile and tap the ‘three parallel horizontal lines’ icon
After logging in to your Instagram account, you will enter the Instagram ‘Home’ page. In the bottom bar, there are five options: ‘Home’, ‘Search’, ‘Reels’, ‘Likes’, and ‘Profile Icon’. Click on your ‘Profile Icon’ from the bottom right corner to enter your Instagram profile page. There, in the top right corner of your profile page, you can see the ‘Menu’ icon (the ‘three parallel horizontal lines’ icon). Click on it to see the options.
Open ‘Settings’ and click on the ‘Notifications’ option
The Menu icon will bring up a pop-up from the bottom of the screen containing many options such as Settings, Archive, Your activity, QR code, Close Friends, and more. If you tap on Settings, you’ll be redirected to the Instagram Settings page. This page has several options including following and inviting friends, Notifications, Privacy, Adds, and more. The second option is Notifications.
Tap ‘Direct Messages and Calls
After clicking on the Notifications, a new screen will open containing two subsections: Push Notifications and Other Notification Types. There are a lot of options in each subsection. Now tap on the Direct Messages and Calls option, which you can find under the Push Notifications subsection.
Turn off ‘Message Requests’ and ‘Messages’
After that, you will enter the Direct message section where you have to perform the last few steps. There you can see some subsections with the toggle option ‘On’ and ‘Off’. Go for the first subsection ‘Message Requests’ and turn it off by clicking the toggle option ‘Off’. Do the same for the next subsection ‘Messages’. Tap on the toggle option ‘Off’ and turn it off and you are done.
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Steps To Follow:
- First, open the Instagram app and log in to your account and hit your profile icon from the bottom left corner.
- Tap the ‘Menu’ icon (the ‘three parallel horizontal lines’ icon) from the top right corner.
- Click on the ‘Settings’ option and then tap ‘Privacy’.
- A new screen will open where you can view three sections: ‘Account Privacy’, ‘Interactions’, and ‘Connections’. Tap ‘Messages’ under the ‘Interactions’ section.
Tap the circle next to your favorite audience to request new messages from them. If someone from your audience tries to message you or add you to a group conversation, they’ll see that you don’t allow messages from everyone. Keep in mind that if you block someone, they won’t be able to message you or add you to a group chat.
Hello, My name is Shari & I am a writer for the ‘Outlook AppIns’ blog. I’m a CSIT graduate & I’ve been working in the IT industry for 3 years.