Here’s How to Share an Instagram Post in a Direct Message

Follow this guide to send Instagram posts to other users within the app

Have you ever wanted to share an Instagram post with another user, but weren’t sure how? Did you know Instagram Direct, Instagram’s direct messaging feature, lets you share posts directly through the application? Our guide will show you how it’s done.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram app on iOS.

Step 1: Tap the paper airplane icon below the image/video you’d like to share.

Step 2: You can choose the post’s recipient(s) by either selecting them from the recommendations provided (represented by the gray rectangles in our images below), or by tapping the magnifying glass to search for one or more specific users. Tap each user’s profile picture to add them to the recipients list.

Step 3 (optional): Once you’ve selected one or more recipients, tap “Write a message …” to add a personal note to your direct message.

Step 4: Tap “Send” (or “Send to Group,” if sharing the post with multiple users) to send the post.

If/when your friend(s) reply, you can see their response(s) in your Instagram Direct inbox. You can go to this inbox by either tapping the paper airplane icon in the top-right corner of your Instagram home feed, or by swiping to the left while on the home feed.