Instagram logo

Instagram makes it easy to delete both individual messages and full chat conversations for your account. We’ll show you how to do this on Instagram’s web and mobile versions.

How to Delete Individual Instagram Messages

Similar to deleting individual Facebook messages, you can delete any message from any chat you have had with any person on the platform with Instagram’s Unsend feature. This feature deletes the selected message from both your account and the recipient’s account.

RELATED: How to Delete a Facebook Message

How to Remove an Individual Instagram Message on Mobile

To delete a single message from an Instagram chat on your iPhone or Android phone, first, launch the Instagram app on your phone.

In the Instagram app, from the top-right corner, select the message icon.

A “Chats” screen will open. Here, tap the conversation in which you want to delete a message. Then find the actual message to delete.

Advertisement

Tap and hold that message, and from the options that pop up on your screen, select “Unsend.”

Select "Unsend" from the message menu in the Instagram app.

Instagram will remove the selected message from both your message history and your recipient’s account. It will appear as though you never sent that message.

How to Remove an Individual Instagram Message on a Computer

To remove an individual Instagram message on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the official Instagram site.

Start by opening a web browser on your computer and accessing the Instagram site. At the top-right corner of the site, click the message icon.

You’ll see a “Chats” page. Here, from the sidebar to the left, select the conversation in which you want to remove a message. Then, on the right pane, find the message to delete, hover over the message, and click the three dots beside the message.

Click the three dots beside a message on the Instagram site.

From the three-dots menu that opens, select “Unsend.”

Select "Unsend" from the message menu on the Instagram site.

In the “Unsend Message” prompt, click “Unsend.”

Click "Unsend" in the "Unsend Message" prompt on the Instagram site.

Advertisement

And instantly, Instagram will delete the message from both parties involved in the conversation. Note that you can delete messages on WhatsApp in a similar fashion.

How to Delete Entire Conversations on Instagram

If you’d like to delete entire conversations on Instagram, there’s an option to do that but with a caveat. When you remove full conversations, those conversations are only removed from your Instagram account. The recipient can still access these “deleted” conversations in their account.

You should use this method if you’re looking to just clear the chats screen in your account.

RELATED: How to Delete Telegram Messages and Chat Histories

How to Remove a Full Instagram Conversation on Mobile

To remove full Instagram chats on an iPhone or Android phone, first, launch the Instagram app on your phone.

In the Instagram app, from the top-right corner, select the message icon.

On the “Chats” page that opens, find the conversation to delete. Then, if you’re on iPhone, swipe left on the conversation and select “Delete.” If you’re on Android, tap and hold the conversation, then choose “Delete” from the menu.

Tap "Delete" for a conversation in the Instagram app.

And without any prompts, Instagram will remove the selected chat history from your account.

How to Remove a Full Instagram Conversation on a Computer

To wipe off full conversations in Instagram on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Instagram site.

Advertisement

Open a web browser on your computer and head over to the Instagram site. From the top-right corner of the site, select the message icon.

On the “Chats” page, from the sidebar on the left, select the conversation to remove.

In the conversation pane on the right, from the top-right corner, click the “i” icon.

A “Details” pane will open. Here, click the “Delete Chat” option.

Click "Delete Chat" in the "Details" pane on the Instagram site.

In the “Delete Chat” prompt that opens, select “Delete.”

Select "Delete" in the "Delete Chat" prompt on the Instagram site.

Advertisement

And your selected chat conversation is now gone from your Instagram account. You’re all set.


Want to delete your comments on Instagram as well? There’s a way to do that, too.

RELATED: How to Delete a Comment on Instagram

Profile Photo for Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who specializes in writing how-to guides. He has been writing tech tutorials for over a decade now. He’s written for some of the prominent tech sites including MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Online Tech Tips.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.