How do I send a message to someone on Instagram?


Instagram is the most popular photo and video sharing app of our times. It is owned by Facebook and has only limited features as compared to Facebook but it is purposefully designed by its owners to use only the specific features related to photos and videos.

In an Instagram post, you can either share a picture or a short video clip. You can also like, comment, direct message or save any post shared by others whom you follow on Instagram. While there are a number of features you can use on Instagram, this blog is about how to message someone on Instagram.

There are multiple ways through which you can interact with your friends on Instagram as the ones said above. Direct message service is one of those methods where you have the option to send a message to your recipient privately in their inbox. 

There are no exact limits to your Instagram direct message services but you can send 50 to 100 direct messages per day. Once you have hit that limit then you will have to take a break of 24 hours to resume using this service.

Apart from being of private use, Instagram has also become one of the most prominent tools by businesses to promote themselves. Businesses have to keep up with their millions of followers and if they want to send a DM to them then it’s not possible to send them all manually. Hence, for this need, there are also a few tools available that can help you to send mass DM to your Instagram followers.

To start with, you must have an account on Instagram. If you don’t already have one then you can do that in these simple steps:

  1. Go to or download the Instagram app on your smartphone.
  2. Click Sign up
  3. You have to enter your email-id.
  4. You will have to enter your username and password.
  5. OR you can directly signup with your Facebook account if you have one.
  6. Once you have filled up the required information, you will have to click on the signup button and that’s it. Your Instagram account will be created.

After creating your account on Instagram, you are free to use various functions that Instagram allows its users. You can send a message to someone whom you already follow or someone new. All you need to know is the username of the person. You will have to find the person on Instagram to send a message to and that you can do as follows:

  1. Click on the lens icon on the bottom of your Instagram homepage.
  2. You will get a search bar in which you can type the username of the person to whom you want to send the message.
  3. Click on the username and the profile would show up for that person.
  4. You can either choose to follow them if you want to see their regular updates or not.

Once you have verified the person with their username, you are ready to send them a message.

You can send a direct message from three places:

  1. From your homepage: This is the most frequently used way to send a direct message to anyone on Instagram. This is also the most simple way to do so. You can do this as follows:
    1. Log in to your homepage on Instagram.
    2. Find a paper plane icon on the top right of your home screen. Click on that.
    3. A screen with a list of users with whom you have had most recent conversations will appear. 
    4. Choose one of them if they are ones to whom you want to send your message, or.
    5. If you want to send a message to someone else then type their username on the search bar.
    6. It’s okay if you don’t know the username because Instagram can also list its members when searched through names.
    7. Once you have found the name of the person you are looking for, click on their name or username and the message window will open.
    8. Start typing your message and a send button will appear on the right-hand side of the text window.
    9. Click on that and the message will be sent.
  1. From the user’s profile: The second option to send the message is directly from the user profile. This option is usually used for those recipients whom you are contacting for the first time and whom you neither follow nor do they follow you. This is how you can do so:
    1. Click on the lens icon on the bottom of your Instagram homepage.
    2. A search bar will appear on top of the screen
    3. Type the user name of the person you want to send the message to. 
    4. If you don’t know the user name then just type the name and it will list down all the members with that name. Out of those listed ones, you can select the one whom you want.
    5. Click on their name and the profile page of that user will open
    6. Right next to the “follow” button the “message” button will show.
    7. Click on that button and the message window will open.
    8. Type your message and press send and the message will be sent to the desired person on Instagram
  1. From someone’s post on your Instagram wall: If you want to send a post shared by someone in a direct message to someone else then you can also do that in the following ways:
    1. When someone posts a video or photo on Instagram, then you will find a message icon right below the post. The message icon is shown as a paper plane icon. 
    2. Just click on that icon and the screen will load an empty space for you to type your new message. This message will be added to the post you are sharing in the direct message
    3. Below the space where you type your message, the list of members you have had your most recent conversations will show with a “send” button next to them.
    4. You can send the same message to multiple users by clicking on the send button next to them if they appear on your list.
    5. If they don’t appear on your list then you can as well search the user with their username and then send the same message through the send button.

Listed above are the three simplest ways for you to get started with using this direct message service of Instagram. It is designed in a most simpler way for any user to begin without the hassle and if you get stuck at any point while sending a message to someone on Instagram then you can always use this blog as a reference guide to get through this simple-to-use service of Instagram.

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