How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram

Although Instagram is most popular for the engaging, creative content posted on the platform, there are many other features that are also rigorously used by Instagrammers. The Instagram DM is one such interesting feature.

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For those of you who are new to this, DM stands for direct messages and refers to the messaging feature of this social media platform. While the DM has a number of fascinating features, including background theme, voice notes, stickers, GIFs, emojis, and more, it’s generally not considered as user-friendly as WhatsApp. However, when has that ever stopped people from using a feature?

There are many Instagrammers that are crazy about DMing their friends every relatable reel or meme they see on their feed. And then, there are those who are not very keen on messaging on Instagram. And if you belong to the second category, this blog is written for you.

Today, we’ll talk about whether or not you can get rid of DMs on Instagram. We’ll also discuss how to deal with DM requests, how to prevent someone specific from sending you DMs, and how to control the DM notifications that Instagram sends you.

Stay with us till the end to learn more!

Do You Have a Public or Private Account?

You might be wondering why we’re asking you this question, aren’t you? After all, whether your Instagram account is private or public, it makes little difference in the case of DMs. So, what could’ve prompted this question?

Well, the truth is, while there might not be a direct link between a public account and DMs, but it is also true that when your account is public, more people are likely to notice and, therefore, send you DMs. Now, if there’s a reason behind your account being public (you’re a creator, promotor, business person, etc.), then we understand and respect that.

But if you’ve created a public account randomly and don’t like all the DMs being sent to you, perhaps you should consider switching to a private account. Once your account goes private, only the people who follow you will have access to the content you upload. So, hopefully, you’ll have lesser DMs to deal with.

Changing your public account to private is very easy. All you need to do is go to your Settings by clicking on the three lines on the top right corner of your profile. Once you’re on the Settings page, you’ll find the Privacy option easily, with a lock icon next to it; click on this icon to go to the Privacy tab. On this tab, the first option you’ll see is Account Privacy with a toggle below it. To make your account private, switch that toggle off and click “continue” to the warning message that appears in front of you. Your job is done.

How to Disable Direct Messages (DMs) on Instagram

All of us can agree that sometimes, having to read too many DMs can be problematic for people, particularly if they’re using the platform solely for entertainment and not for engagement. Are you going through something similar? Well, you needn’t be worried anymore because we’re here to provide you with the solution to this problem.

So, our goal here is to ensure that nobody outside of your network should be able to send your DM requests, right? Follow these steps with us to make that happen for your account:

  • Open the Instagram app on your phone and login to your account.
  • Go to your profile page by click on the small profile icon at the bottom.
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  • After that click on the three lines on the top right corner.
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  • You’ll see a list of options scrolling up from the bottom of the screen, with Settings written right at the top. Click on the option to go to the Settings page.
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  • Here you’ll find multiple options, with the third one being Privacy with a little lock icon next to it. Tap on the lock.
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  • Scroll down until you can find the Messages option and select it. It will lead you to the Message Controls section.
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  • It is from this page that you can control who gets to send you DMs and whether do you want to receive DMs at all. Go to the second section of the page, which has Other people written on top. Can you see an “Others on Instagram” option here? Click on it.
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  • You’ll find two options, with “Deliver requests to:” written on top. By default, this is set to the first option of Message requests, so you can see a blue tick next to it.
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  • But if you don’t want to receive DM requests, all you need to do is tick the blank circle next to Don’t receive requests and wait for it to get updated on your account.
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From now onwards, you will not have to go through any DM request until you come back here and change this setting in the future.

How to Restrict Someone’s Account from Sending Direct Message on Instagram

In the last section, we talked about how to deal with the problem of DM requests. The solution to this problem was to restrict everyone who doesn’t follow you from sending you a DM request.

But what if your problem is more complicated? Perhaps there’s a person you’re connected with on Instagram, but you don’t interact with them on the platform. Well, you can always block them in that case, but if you know them in person, wouldn’t it seem too hostile?

So, what else can you do about these people and their messages? Don’t worry; we’ve already figured your problem out and are here to help. Have you heard about restricting accounts on Instagram? Because that’s exactly what you’re going to do with this person.

Although restricting someone on Instagram is an easy task, we’ll guide you through it quickly:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your smartphone. Go to the explore tab and type the name or username of the person whose account you want to restrict into the search bar on top.

Step 2: When you type in their name and hit search, theirs will perhaps be the first account appearing in the list (unless you know two people with that name, or they have two accounts that they follow you with). When you find their account, tap on it to go to their profile.

Step 3: Once you’re on their profile, go to the three dots on the top right corner and click on it. Upon doing it, you’ll see a list of options sliding up from the bottom. On the list, the third option you’ll see is Restrict. Tap on it, and your job is done.

If you want to reverse this in the future, follow the same procedure; instead of restrict, you’ll find the Unrestrict option that you have to click on.

Now, you might be wondering exactly what restricting someone means. Will this person no longer be able to send you messages? Not really. Keep reading to learn about how restricting someone works.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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