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How To Delete Instagram Messages in 2024

Instagram is a widely popular social media platform that allows users to share photos and videos and communicate with one another through direct messages. 

While this feature can be incredibly useful for keeping in touch with friends and family, it can also be a source of clutter and unwanted messages. Let’s discuss how to delete Instagram messages, individually and in bulk. 

Whether you want to clear out your inbox or get rid of a message sent by mistake, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make the process as easy as possible. 

Deleting individual messages

Deleting individual messages on Instagram is a straightforward process that can be done quickly and easily. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log in to your account.
  2. Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of the screen to access your direct messages.
  3. Find the message thread from which you want to delete a message and tap on it.
  4. Once the message thread is open, long press on the message you want to delete. A pop-up menu will appear.
  5. Select “Delete” from the pop-up menu.
  6. Confirm that you want to delete the message by tapping “Delete” again.

When you delete a message, it will be removed for both you and the recipient.

If you want to delete a message for yourself only, you can use the “Unsend” feature.

When you delete a message, it will also remove any reactions or replies associated with it. You can mute the thread if you want to keep the reactions or replies.

Deleted messages cannot be recovered, so make sure that you want to delete the message before you confirm.

Deleting multiple messages

Sometimes, you may have many messages you want to delete at once. Deleting multiple messages on Instagram can save you time and effort compared to deleting them one by one. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log in to your account.
  2. Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of the screen to access your direct messages.
  3. Tap and hold on to the message thread from which you want to delete multiple messages. A pop-up menu will appear.
  4. Select “Select Messages” from the pop-up menu.
  5. Check the boxes next to the messages that you want to delete.
  6. Tap “Delete” at the top of the screen.
  7. Confirm that you want to delete the messages by tapping “Delete” again.

Deleted messages cannot be recovered, so make sure that you want to delete the messages before you confirm.

Tips for selecting multiple messages to delete efficiently:

  • Use the “Select All” feature to quickly select all messages in a thread.
  • Sort messages by date tо select and delete older messages at once.
  • Use the search feature to find specific keywords in the thread, and then delete the messages that contain them.

Deleting a message for both parties

You can use the “Delete for Everyone” feature to delete a message for both parties. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log in tо your account.
  2. Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of the screen to access your direct messages.
  3. Find the message thread that contains the message you want to delete for both parties.
  4. Long press on the message you want to delete. A pop-up menu will appear.
  5. Select “Delete for Everyone” from the pop-up menu.
  6. Confirm that you want to delete the message by tapping “Delete” again.

The feature is only available for a limited time after sending the message. After that, the message will bе deleted for you only.

Differences between deleting a message for both parties and just deleting it for yourself:

  • When you delete a message for yourself, it will be removed from your end, but the recipient will still bе able to see it.
  • Deleting a message for both parties will be removed from both your end and the recipient’s end.
  • Only the sender can delete a message for both parties, while anyone can delete a message for themselves.
  • The feature is only available for a limited time after sending the message. After that, the message will bе deleted for you only.
  • Deleting a message for both parties also removes any reactions or replies associated with it.

Conclusion

Deleting Instagram messages is a quick and easy process. 

You can delete individual messages by swiping left on the message and tapping delete, delete multiple messages by selecting them and tapping delete, delete a message for both parties by using the “Delete for Everyone” feature, and even unsend messages.

Make sure you want tо delete the message before you confirm because deleted messages cannot be recovered. Any reactions or answers connected to a message will likewise be deleted if it is deleted for both parties.

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