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Facebook has merged Messenger and Instagram DMs. This means anyone from Facebook can slide into your Instagram DMs. If you prefer keeping your Facebook and Instagram profiles separate, this can be a cause for concern. Thankfully, Instagram allows you to easily cut off this link.

Open the Instagram app on your Android phone or iPhone. Navigate to your profile tab by tapping your display picture found in the bottom-right corner of the app.

Visit the profile tab on the Instagram app

Tap the hamburger menu button in the top-right corner. In the side menu, select “Settings.”

Instagram app profile menu settings

Go to Privacy > Messages.

Visit messages settings on Instagram app

Here, you have a few ways to customize who from Facebook can text you on Instagram.

To prevent your Facebook friends or anyone else you’ve ever chatted with on Messenger from reaching out to you on Instagram, tap the second setting on the list.

Facebook Messenger Instagram DM message controls

The default “Chats” option lets any of your Facebook friends or acquaintances to clutter your Instagram inbox. If you want to block your Facebook friends entirely, check “Don’t Receive Requests.” Selecting the “Message Requests” sends texts from Facebook friends to your Instagram’s DM request list.

Control Instagram messages from Facebook friends

Friends of your friends on Facebook can also get in touch with you on Instagram from Messenger. To put an end to this, return to the “Message Controls” page and head into “Friends of Friends on Facebook.”

Block friends of Facebook friends to message you on Instagram

Choose “Don’t Receive Requests” to shut them out.

Control Instagram messages from friends of friends on Facebook

Lastly, the “Others on Facebook” setting enables you to ban strangers from Facebook Messenger to message you on Instagram.

Control Instagram messages from Facebook strangers

It’s worth noting that Facebook Messenger users can only ping your Instagram inbox if you have opted into the merger. These message controls come in handy especially if you want to try the new messaging features and not let Messenger profiles bother you on Instagram. Unfortunately, there’s no option to roll back to the old version of Instagram DMs.

Similarly, you can now also message a Facebook friend from Instagram.

Shubham Agarwal Shubham Agarwal
Shubham is a freelance technology journalist from Ahmedabad, India. He has been covering technology for over four years for publications such as Digital Trends, HuffPost, Lifehacker, and more. When he's not writing about whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera, binge-reading non-fiction books, and novels or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.
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