This article explains how to access, read, and reply to your Instagram direct messages on the Instagram mobile app or from Instagram on the desktop.
Facebook has merged messaging between Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, so if your Instagram is updated to the new interface, you'll be using Messenger in your Instagram direct messaging.
Check Messages on the Instagram App
It's easy to access your direct-message inbox from the Instagram main screen, where you see your current feed with posts from people and businesses you follow.
You can't turn off read receipts on Instagram, but there are workarounds.
If you receive an Instagram message from someone you don't follow, it appears as a request in your inbox rather than a conversation. If you accept the request, you can reply without following the other user. If you decline the request, the other user can't contact you again unless you follow them.
How to Check Instagram Messages on the Desktop
You can also check your direct messages using Instagram on a web browser.
The Instagram-Facebook Messenger Integration
According to a report in The Verge, in August of 2020, Facebook began rolling out its new messaging system, merging the messaging functionality of Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp with Messenger.
If your Instagram app still uses the older interface, you'll see a paper-airplane-style direct messages icon instead of the Facebook Messenger logo.
This messaging integration is meant to be a convenience for users, for example, allowing Instagram users to send messages to Facebook users who aren't even on Instagram.
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