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It’s really easy to lose context in Instagram DMs, especially in a large group text. You can add some clarity by responding directly to a specific message. Here’s how to respond directly to messages in Instagram DMs on iPhone, Android, and the web.

The ability to directly respond to a specific message is a feature in Instagram’s cross-platform messaging update. If you don’t have it already, you can enable the feature from the app’s Settings menu.

From the Instagram app on iPhone and Android, go to your “Profile” tab and tap the hamburger menu button in the top-right corner of the interface. Here, go to Settings > Update Messaging.

Tap Update Messaging

Now, choose the “Update” button.

Tap Update

How to Respond Directly to a Message in Instagram for iPhone and Android

To get started, open the “Instagram” app on your smartphone and then tap the “Messenger” icon from the top-right corner of the Instagram home screen.

Tap Messenger Icon from Instagram

Choose a conversation.

Select Conversation fro Instagram DM

Here, find a message you want to respond to. Swipe right on the message until you see a reply button, and let go. If you’re replying to your own message, swipe left.

Let Go After Seeing Reply Button from Swipe Menu

Alternatively, you can press and hold a message and tap the “Reply” button.

Tap Reply Button From Tap and Hold Menu

You’ll now see the original message show up on top of the text box. This means that your current response will be linked to the specific message.

Now, type out your response and tap the “Send” button.

Tap Send to Send Reply to Specific Message

Your response will show up along with the original message at the top, making it easy for everyone to see what you were responding to.

Replied to Specific Message on Instagram

How to Respond Directly to a Message in Instagram for Web

Once you have updated to the new cross-platform messaging, the ability to reply to a specific message will also be available for Instagram on the web.

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To access this feature, open Instagram’s website in any web browser on your computer and navigate to the Messages (DM) section.

Click on Messages Button in Instagram Website

Choose a conversation from the left-hand side of the screen.

Select a Conversation from Instagram on Web

In the conversation view, find the message you want to reply to directly and hover over it. Here, click the “Reply” button.

Click Reply Next to Message on Instagram DM

Next, enter a message in the text box and click the “Send” button.

Click Send to Send the Reply to Specific Message on Instagram on Web

The original message will now be attached on top of your response.

Reply to Instagram Message With Original Message


Don’t want someone to message you on Instagram? Restrict their account to stop communication using comments and messages.

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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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