Instagram Direct: how to send and receive messages on your PC

Instagram may be one of the most downloaded mobile apps in the world, but its use can now be done even by your PC browser. Since the beginning of last year, the platform has released the option to send and receive messages, the famous “Instagram Direct” also in browsers and in the official Windows application.

Today Tecmundo teaches how to chat with other profiles, sending and receiving messages, and even creating groups of conversations, using Instagram in the browser. Check out:

Sending messages and creating groups

The first step is to access the Instagram.com website, then you will need to log in to your account to access your messages. Now, go to the top, on the right, and click on the icon with an arrow.

Click the arrow icon to access the Direct Messaging portion of your InstagramSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

Then a screen will appear with your most recent conversations, and the option to send a direct message to a certain profile (as shown in the image below).

Main screen of direct messages on InstagramMain screen of direct messages on InstagramSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

By clicking on the blue button that says: “Send message”, you can choose a profile to send a message to. To do this, select it and then click on the “Next” option. If you have already had a conversation with this profile, the message history will be loaded.

Select the profile you want to send the message to, and then click NextSelect the profile you want to send the message to, and then click NextSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

It is also possible to create a group with more than two people so that they can interact via messages. The procedure is the same, just click on the blue “Send message” button, and then select all the profiles that will participate in the group chat.

A screen will appear with some options for creating the group, such as placing a specific name, and adding or deleting a member. After setting up and making sure of everything, click “Finish” to create the group and start the conversation.

Before starting the group it is possible to create a name for it, add more people and even remove membersBefore starting the group it is possible to create a name for it, add more people and even remove membersSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

How to view incoming messages and reply to them

If you have any messages received, as soon as you log into Instagram.com and log in to your account, a flag icon will appear. Click there to see pending messages.

As soon as you access the official Instagram website, a counter will show the number of messages receivedAs soon as you access the official Instagram website, a counter will show the number of messages receivedSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

Then click on the pending profile to send a reply, or just to confirm that the message has been read. They will be marked with a blue dot and bold text (as shown in the image below).

Received and unread messages are marked with a bold blue dotReceived and unread messages are marked with a bold blue dotSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

Finding other profile messages you don’t follow

Instagram usually separates messages sent by profiles that you don’t follow. To do this, do the same procedure to access your mailbox. Then, go to the “General” tab.

If you want to receive future notifications for a particular profile found on the General tab, you can move the conversation to the Main part of the message box. To do this, first click on the desired profile, then click on the “i” located at the top of the flat, next to the profile photo (as shown in the image below).

Click on the icon with an Click on the icon with an “i” to access profile informationSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

Now click on the “Move” icon to send the conversation to the main part of your Instagram messages.

Click Click “move” to send the conversation to the main part of Instagram messagesSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

It is also possible to silence a certain profile so as not to be notified when a new message is received. To do this, on the same screen, check the box with the option “Silence messages”.

Check the box to silence messages from a specific profileCheck the box to silence messages from a specific profileSource: Diego Borges / Reproduction

Okay, now you can chat with your friends and other profiles on Instagram without having to use the mobile app or even the Windows app on your PC.

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