How to Stop Getting Message Requests from Strangers on Instagram

What is the most annoying part about using Instagram? Yes, you guessed it right! It is the direct message option!

Let’s face it! Instagram is a pretty enjoyable app with new ideas, options, and features and we all love to use Instagram. This can be proved by the fact that Instagram is one of the most used social media apps in the world.

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By introducing interactive and new features like reels, stories, lives, etc Instagram has managed to gain 1.4 billion active users surpassing other social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.

Recently Instagram introduced the “add your sticker to create a public thread” on Instagram stories and the engagement rate has proved that Instagram has once again created something that its users enjoy.

However, it may sometimes seem problematic to us because of certain features. One such problem is the direct message option.

It is a known fact that this option can be very detrimental to the mental health of certain people as this option is not always used by certain people for good use. It may seem like there are no ways around this and it seems like this is something completely unavoidable but it is otherwise. Yes, Instagram can sometimes seem like a very confusing app but it doesn’t have to be if you are aware of certain things.

As of now, there are no ways to turn off message requests on Instagram but there are other alternatives that can help you. Here, are a few suggestions that could be helpful to you!

How Does The “Don’t Receive Requests ” Feature Work?

Unwanted messages can be a lot of hassle when your channel is growing. The frequent notifications about new messages can cause a lot of damage to your productivity. A lot of people use Instagram for business and this feature makes things very difficult for them to manage.

If you have a private account, the situation can be easier! You need to allow Instagram to show you the message and that provides a sort of barrier and provides you with some privacy but let’s face it, why go through all that trouble when there are other alternatives?

Instagram has established a few features that let its users have more control over who gets to contact them over DMs. One such request is the “don’t receive requests” feature and here is how it works.

This feature allows only people whom you follow or people in your contact book to send direct messages to you. However, the message button will still be visible on your profile but it won’t be functional and will display the following message “[Instagrammer] can’t receive your message. They don’t allow new message requests from everyone”.

How to Turn Off Message Requests on Instagram?

There are 8 simple steps to follow to disable message requests on Instagram. Doing so will not only save up a lot of your time but will also prevent unwanted messages from entering your messages folder.

Furthermore, it will act as a barrier to blocking unwanted messages. One thing that you need to make sure before availing of this option is to upgrade your Instagram app to its latest version. Only then you can avail this particular feature!

Here’s how you switch on the “Don’t Receive Requests” option.

  • Open the Instagram app on your smartphone.
  • Tap the Profile button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  • On your profile tap on the hamburger menu ( the three lines on your top right corner of the screen ).
  • Tap on the Settings option once the pop-up menu appears.
  • Tap on the privacy option on your settings menu.
  • Once the Privacy menu opens tap on the messages option.
  • Choose the “other people” option from your Message Controls menu.
  • Once the “other people” option opens choose the “Don’t receive requests” option.

Once you have correctly followed the procedure given above Instagram will stop showing you messages and requests from unknown people. If any unknown user messages you, you won’t get a notification about it, and you won’t see the message in your Requests folder either. Similarly, you can also disable Facebook users from contacting you on Instagram.

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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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