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How to Delete Instagram Messages to Protect Your Privacy

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A whole lot of things are going on now in the internet space. With social media especially, there is a whole lot of engagement going there. Instagram happens to be a rapidly expanding social media. The mere fact that you are reading this means that you have a fair knowledge of Instagram. Nonetheless, do you know how to delete Instagram Messages?

How to Delete Instagram Messages to Protect Your Privacy

It might happen that at one point or another, you make a mess on Instagram and might be in dire need to delete such a message. Well, initially you would have panicked and felt frustrated. Currently, you don’t have to feel this way. There are easy ways to go about handling the situation. So, keep an open mind as this article is created to bless you with important information on how to delete Instagram messages

You may begin to wonder how to delete Instagram messages as this is not very common. So, you need to pay serious attention to the content of this article. At a point, you need to clear all the messages you have on your Instagram. I am certain you know of all the possible reasons that may warrant this.  So, what means are there to successfully delete Instagram Messages?

Brief History of Instagram

Brief History of Instagram

Instagram which is also referred to as IG or Insta, is an American photo and video sharing social networking service created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. In April 2012, it was acquired by Facebook for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock. The application allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geographical tagging.

Here, posts can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers. Also, users can browse other users’ content by tags and locations and view trending content. Users can freely like photos and follow other users to add their content to a personal feed.

Originally, Instagram was distinguished by only allowing content to be framed in a square (1:1) aspect ratio with 640 pixels to match the display width of the iPhone at the time. Subsequently, in 2015, these restrictions were eased with an increase to 1080 pixels.

Thus, the service also added messaging features, the ability to include multiple images or videos in a single post, and a Stories feature—similar to its main opposition Snapchat—which allows users to post photos and videos to a sequential feed, with each post accessible by others for 24 hours each. Records show that as of January 2019, the Stories feature is used by 500 million users daily.

Originally launched for iOS in October 2010, Instagram rapidly gained popularity and has greatly enjoyed patronage with one million registered users in two months, 10 million in a year, and 1 billion as of June 2018.

What has Propelled Instagram to its Great Height?

What has Propelled Instagram to its Great Height?

Since it was first launched in 2010, Instagram has steadily and surely gained popularity, leaving behind tough competitors like Snapchat, even Twitter, thanks to the app’s ability to constantly innovate and quickly evolve. One of the reasons why Instagram is hugely popular is that it works perfectly well on mobile.

Understandably, some of you may be wondering why the app did not bother having full desktop features. Well, it makes sense in some ways because Instagram was designed to have you share instant photos and video clips of your everyday life whether at work or when you are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Evidently, Instagram was created as a share-the-moment social media network. Its intention was to share moments as you are experiencing them. As such, this kind of immediacy is intended to be possible only through your smartphones.

So, basically, Instagram makes the sharing of at-the-moment photos convenient, immediate, and immensely fun. It makes communication extremely convenient.

How to Delete A Conversation on Instagram

How to Delete A Conversation on Instagram

When intending to delete a conversion on Instagram, you need to take the following steps:

1: First, open the Instagram app on your device.

2: In case, if you are logged out, log in by entering your User ID and Password.

3: On the home page tap Instagram Direct icon, which appears as a small paper plane icon.

4: On the conversation page, locate the conversation you wish to delete, swipe left (iOS) to reveal the Delete option. If you are using (Android) tap and hold on to the conversation you’d like to delete.

5: Tap Delete on the conversation. A pop-up will appear on the screen, asking you to confirm your wish to delete the conversation. Tap Delete again to remove the conversation completely.

When you delete a conversation, it will no longer be visible in your inbox. Keep in mind that this only deletes the conversation for you and that it will still appear for other people included in the conversation. However, you can also unsend a message on Instagram Direct rather than deleting the entire conversation. Here is a step-by-step guide you can follow to delete private Instagram messages by unsending them.

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How to Unsend Messages on Instagram

How to Unsend Messages on Instagram

To successfully unsend messages on Instagram, you need to  do the following;

1: First, open the Instagram app on your device.

2: In case, if you are logged out, log in by entering your User ID and Password.

3: On the home page tap the Paper plane icon in the top right of the field.

Step 4: On the new page, locate the conversation and go to the message you’d like to unsend.

5: Now, tap and hold on the message, and then select Unsend > Unsend (iOS) or Unsend Message > Unsend (Android).

Once you unsend a message, it will no longer be visible to people included in the conversation. But there are the chances that the people you sent it to may have already seen your message.

What Does Deleting Instagram Message Using Unsend Method Imply?

Using unsend method deletes the message for both you and the recipient as if it has never been there in the first place. So, if you send a message that you might later regret or cringe at, you can delete it before the person even sees it.

Though by some unfortunate stroke of luck the other user has already read your message, you cannot completely erase their memory of ever having received the message, you cannot obviously delete their screenshots of the message, but you can at least stop feeling embarrassed every time you look at your conversations.

But there is one rather annoying catch when you want to delete direct messages on Instagram, unfortunately, there is no way to delete individual messages in one go, so you will have to do it for every message one by painful one.

How to Delete Instagram Messages from a Single Person by Using the Block Option

How to Delete Instagram Messages from a Single Person by Using the Block Option

Now, you can delete all the direct messages from one person and also delete all their copy of the messages. However, the step might be a bit too harsh for some because the only way to do so is to block them.

Yes, the only way to remove all messages from both users’ inboxes is by blocking the person you are chatting with. This is the only foolproof way to be certain that neither one of you will be able to see the conversation.

Doing this rather drastic step is ironically quick and easy. Just go to the person’s profile you wish to block, tap on the three dots at the top-right of the screen, then tap Block

Aside from helping you delete all the messages that you have sent to one another, this will also delete all the likes and comments from this person. Blocking them on Instagram is the same as blocking users on Facebook, in doing so means not having to do anything with them anymore.

So if you really want to delete all messages with someone you want to cut ties with and do not want them to contact you again, this is the only surefire way to go.

Can You Delete All Of Your Instagram Messages And Conversations At The Same Time?

It is a fact that you can now already use Instagram for messaging. Instagram is really was not designed for direct messages and that explains why the options for managing your DM inbox is not as thorough as it is on Facebook for example.

Once your Inbox gets cluttered (and it can quickly do so) with a hodgepodge of messages from family, friends, colleagues, or with spam and dubious links sent by scammers, it is a bit of a pain in the neck to get it back to your ideal squeaky clean.

Unfortunately, Instagram still does not let you delete all your messages at once, and we can only hope they can add this feature soon!

Well, even though the internet is quite volatile and exposed, you can still enjoy some privacy and equally avoid some unwanted events. You don’t have to be embarrassed when you know how to delete Instagram messages. Truly, these steps given are quite simple and straightforward.

Do well to cheerfully share this article with your friends.

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