Originally a photo-sharing app, Instagram has evolved to include many features, including direct messages (DMs). DMs allow users to communicate privately without sharing personal information like phone numbers. DMs are an important part of Instagram, as users rely on them to connect with friends, family, and businesses.
They allow real-time communication and are used for almost anything, from planning events to sharing memes. Moreover, with the addition of voice messages, video calls, and photo and video sharing, DMs have become highly versatile tools.
Whether you’re a regular Instagram patron or a newcomer, understanding how DMs and message requests work might help you in getting the most out of your experience. By the end of this blog, you’ll better understand how to use DMs to connect with friends and family.
Why Did My Instagram Message Requests Disappear?
Recently, Instagram users have been experiencing the disappearance of their Instagram message requests. While this is probably a technical issue, don’t worry; we can help you fix it. From rebooting your device to clearing cached data, we’ll ensure that the solution to your problem is discussed in detail here.
Before we dive into why Instagram message requests disappear, let’s understand how they work.
When someone you don’t follow sends you a DM, it appears in your message requests. You can accept or decline the message request; if you accept, you can continue the conversation in your DMs.
Instagram message requests could disappear from your DMs for a myriad of reasons. If you don’t want this error to happen again, you must identify the cause. Here are some common reasons:
You accidentally deleted the message request.
It’s possible you deleted the message request without actually realizing it. This can happen if you swipe left on the message request and tap the delete button.
If this is indeed the cause of your issue, we’re sorry to say that there isn’t much you can do to recover the request. The only thing to do is to ensure to be careful in the future. If you want to get back to that user, you can also contact them, telling them about what happened.
While this could be considered a risky move by some, it’s also the only way to take positive action.
The sender deleted the message request.
If the sender deletes the request before you accept or decline it, it’ll naturally disappear from your inbox.
Again, there is not much you can do if they decide against the message request. You could reach out to them about the message request, saying you forgot to reply to it. The response depends entirely on your relationship with them and how you convey your message.
Instagram deleted the message request.
Instagram has strict community guidelines, and if the message request violates these guidelines, it may be deleted by Instagram. This could happen if the message request contained inappropriate content or violated Instagram’s terms of service.
You’re experiencing a technical glitch.
Sometimes, Instagram experiences tech glitches that cause message requests to disappear. This could be a bug in the system or a temporary outage. Don’t worry; there are more than a few fixes to this issue that you can implement.
While these have no certainty of working, users have recommended them for most technical problems.
- Close the Instagram app, remove it from the app drawer, and reopen it. This’ll cause the app to restart, which could resolve most glitches.
- Reboot your smartphone device to give it a break and fix long-standing issues.
- If these quick fixes don’t work, uninstall and reinstall Instagram on your smartphone.
- Clearing Instagram’s cached data from your smartphone is also a great way to eliminate technical bugs.
You blocked the sender.
If you block the person who sent you a message request, the message request will disappear from your inbox. The only fix here is to unblock them, but it’s best to remember why you blocked them in the first place.
If they’ve done something that made you block them, unblocking them just for a message request isn’t a smart idea. Since the message request won’t come back even though they’ve been unblocked, doing so might just turn out to be a counter-productive move.
If you’re positive that none of these reasons are a cause in your situation, that’s okay. These fixes aren’t sure-fire cures, nor are we equipped to deal with such issues ourselves.
In such situations, reaching out to professional help is the best course of action. Seek out Instagram support and tell them about the problem you’ve been facing.
How to stop Instagram message requests from disappearing?
While disappearing message requests are generally out of your control, you can take steps to prevent it from happening again.
Be careful about what you’re deleting.
The first and foremost precaution you can take is to be careful while deleting message requests. As you already know by now, any missteps at this will most probably cost you that message request.