How to send and receive DMs on Instagram from your computer, as well as unsend and delete messages

Estelle Sidler

© Shutterstock It’s simple to send Instagram DMs from your computer. Shutterstock You can DM on Instagram from your computer using any internet browser. To send direct messages from your computer, head to the Instagram website and click the paper plane icon in the top-right. This story is part of Business […]



a hand holding a cell phone: It's simple to send Instagram DMs from your computer. Shutterstock


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It’s simple to send Instagram DMs from your computer. Shutterstock

  • You can DM on Instagram from your computer using any internet browser.
  • To send direct messages from your computer, head to the Instagram website and click the paper plane icon in the top-right.
  • This story is part of Business Insider’s Guide to Instagram.

In April 2020, Instagram added the ability to send direct messages to its desktop website. 

This means that Instagram users can now send direct messages, photos, gifs, and other kinds of media, as well as start group chats, unsend messages, and reply to chats using reactions, right from their desktop. 

However, some direct message features — like video chats — only remain available In the mobile app version. 

Here’s how to use the direct message feature on Instagram using your desktop computer. 

How to send a direct message on Instagram from a computer 

1. Using your preferred internet browser, go to the Instagram desktop website and log in.

2. Once you’ve logged in, select the paper plane icon in the top-right corner to access Direct Messages. 



a screenshot of a cell phone: You can access your direct messages from any page. Meira Gebel/Business Insider


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You can access your direct messages from any page. Meira Gebel/Business Insider

3. You’ll be shown all of your active conversations. Click one to open it, or start a new one by clicking “Send Message” or the pencil-and-paper icon.



a close up of a map: There are two ways to start a new conversation. Meira Gebel/Business Insider


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There are two ways to start a new conversation. Meira Gebel/Business Insider

4. When starting a new conversation, begin typing in the name or username of the person you want to message, or select an account from the list of “Suggested” users. 

5. Type your message into the text box at the bottom, and then select “Send.”



a screenshot of a cell phone: You can also press Enter or Return to send it. Meira Gebel/Business Insider


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You can also press Enter or Return to send it. Meira Gebel/Business Insider

Once you’ve sent a message, you can click the three dots next to it and then click “Unsend” to take the message back. 

Once you unsend a message, the message will be removed from the chat, no matter if the recipient has seen it or not. There’s no time limit for unsending messages on Instagram. 



a screenshot of a cell phone: You can "Unsend" a message at any time. Meira Gebel/Business Insider


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You can “Unsend” a message at any time. Meira Gebel/Business Insider

You can also delete an entire chat conversation by clicking the “i” icon in the top-right, and then selecting “Delete chat.” Note, however, that this only deletes the chat on your end — the recipient will still be able to see it.



a screenshot of a cell phone: This will delete every message in the conversation — on your end. Meira Gebel/Business Insider


© Meira Gebel/Business Insider
This will delete every message in the conversation — on your end. Meira Gebel/Business Insider

William Antonelli and Kerry Wan contributed to a previous version of this article.

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