Instagram: Here’s How to Unsend a Direct Message

Follow our guide to unsend Instagram messages

Have you ever wanted to unsend an Instagram Direct message? Our guide will show you how to do just that.

Please keep in mind that depending on when you choose to unsend a message, the recipient may have already seen it. However, even if this is the case, you still have the ability to unsend a message that has already been seen.

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

Step 1: Tap the paper airplane icon in the top-right corner of your Instagram home feed. This will take you to the direct messages screen. Note: You can also reach the direct messages screen by swiping to the left while on the home feed.

Step 2: Tap the message thread containing the message you wish to “unsend.”

Step 3: Tap and hold on the message you wish to unsend.

Step 4: Tap “Unsend.” This will instantly delete the message from the thread so that the recipient can no longer view it (even if they’ve seen it previously).