How to Download Instagram Direct Messages – Export Instagram Chat to PDF

Being one of the famous social networking sites, Instagram has gained immense popularity from people around the world. There’s so much to explore on Instagram and a lot of exciting features to use. There are many reasons why you may want to download Instagram direct messages history that got deleted intentionally or unintentionally from your account.

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Sadly, Instagram does not have any direct option that allows you to download direct messages. However, there is an option that enables users to request the account data that includes images, videos, and direct messages.

In this post, we will walk you through the steps for downloading the Instagram direct message history and exporting chat to PDF.

Let’s take a look.

How to Download Instagram Direct Messages

While Instagram does not have a direct feature for downloading Instagram direct messages, it does have an option that enables users to request messages history.

Here’s how you can:

  • Open Instagram and log in to your account.
  • Head over to your profile page by tap on small profile icon at bottom.
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  • Next, click on the three horizontal lines on the top right corner of your screen.
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  • It will open a pop-up menu, find the Settings from the list of options and tap on it.
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  • You will be redirected to the settings page and select the Security.
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  • Scroll down to the last and tap on the Download Data option.
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  • Enter the email address where you would like to receive the data and tap on the Request Download.
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  • Enter the password for verification and tap on the Next button.
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  • That’s it, you will get the requested data on your email within 48 hours. Tap on the Download data and it will save as a Zip file.
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Note: This information is extremely private so make sure you download it on your computer or smartphone only.

How to Export Instagram Direct Messages to PDF

  • First, download and Install the Json Genie (Editor) app on your phone.
  • Extract your downloaded Instagram Data zip file.
  • Open the Json Genie (Editor) app.
  • Locate the Instagram data folder and select messages.json.
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  • That’s it, here you can find the Instagram direct messages of all time.
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Final Words:

This method is enough to help you download the Instagram direct messages on your device smoothly. However, if you still face any issue or your chat history is not downloaded fully, try third-party apps. The only issue with third-party apps is that they do not work well. So, try them carefully.

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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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