How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram 2022

Learn how to use hidden messages on Instagram now! Read on to find out more!

Do you want to send private or hidden messages on Instagram without anyone knowing? If so, you’re in luck! In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that – without anyone else seeing your messages.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to keep your conversations private and confidential. So why not give it a try.

Read on to find out more!

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How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

What Instagram Hidden Messages?

Instagram’s vanishing mode is quite like their regular messaging service, but with a twist. Here all your conversations are encrypted and once the recipient reads the message and closes the chat, the message you sent will be deleted from both your account as well as the recipients account.

With your Instagram account, you are able to use both the regular Instagram messages and the Secret Conversation simultaneously on different chats. 

Private Messages or Instagram Vanishing Mode is currently available to those using any Android or iOS device.

Starting a Instagram Secret Conversation on iOS

Before you can send a secret or private message to anyone over Instagram, you will have to first enable the Secret Conversation option from within the Instagram app.

How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

Here’s how you enable and use Instagram Private Messenger.

  • Start by opening Instagram on your iPhone/iPad and then tap on the messages icon.
  • Select the conversation you want to convert to a Private chat
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the page to change your chat from regular to private

Once this option is selected and enabled, you are now able to send secret messages to your friends and family.

  • If you’re looking to exit the private chat, simply swipe up on the chat to return to the normal messaging mode.

Instagram Messenger for iOS will notify you when you receive a new message notification on your lock screen. Unlike regular messages, the notification will only alert you that there’s a new message but will not specify the name of the contact or the contents of the message.

Starting an Instagram Secret Conversation on Android

Using Instagram private messenger on an Android device is the same as that of Apple’s. You’d need to have the Instagram app installed on your device in order to send and receive secret messages.

How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

Here’s how you can start and use secret conversations in Messenger for Android.

  • Start by opening Instagram on your Android and then tap on the messages icon.
  • Select the conversation you want
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the page to change your chat from regular to private

Once this option is selected and enabled, you are now able to send secret messages to your friends and family which will automatically get deleted upon opening.

  • If you’re looking to exit the private chat, simply swipe up on the chat to return to the normal messaging mode.

Luckily, Instagram does not permit you to take screenshots of vanishing messages as it would beat the purpose if you were allowed to. You can always refer to the help section on Instagram to learn more about this feature.

How Do I Send a Message to a Private Account on Instagram?

How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

When you open Instagram and plan on sending a message to someone who has a strict security protocol setup, you would notice their Message button missing from their profile. This is normally the case with accounts that are either not following you or have restricted your profile.

In order to send a message to such accounts, you can follow these steps.

  • Start by logging into your Instagram account
  • Search for the account you want to send a message to
  • Tap on the profile and then click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the screen
  • Select Send a Message
  • Type out your message and hit the send button

Unfortunately, unless the account is a personal account and not a business account, you will not be able to send the contact a vanishing message or private message. The best that you can do is to send a personal DM so only the account holder can see the message and respond directly to your query.

How to Check if I Have a Private Message on Instagram?

How to Use Hidden Messages on Instagram

If you want to check whether you got a private or vanishing message on Instagram, then there are two ways you can go about this.

Via Notifications

The easiest method is if you have received an Instagram notification, swipe down on the notification bar to check if the notification includes the senders name and the contents of the message. If it does then the message is a regular conversation. However, if the notification reads only the senders name then the message has been sent using vanishing mode.

Via Inbox

The second way to check if you have a vanishing message is by opening your Instagram app and accessing your inbox. Here if the chat has a dotted circle at the end of it then the message has been sent in vanishing mode. However, if there’s no dotted circle then the message has been sent using the normal method and won’t disappear even if you close the chat box.

Points to Remember

  • You won’t be able to copy, save or forward disappearing messages.
  • Accounts that you haven’t connected with before can’t send you message requests in vanish mode.
  • You can only use vanish mode in a chat with another Instagram account. You won’t be able to use it in a group chat or in a chat with a Messenger or Facebook account.

Only use vanish mode with people that you trust. For example, it’s possible for someone to:

  • Take a screenshot or screen recording of a message in vanish mode before it disappears. You’ll receive a notification if this happens.
  • Take a photo of a disappearing message with a camera or other device before it disappears.

FAQ’s

Does Instagram automatically turn on Secret Conversations?

Well, in short, no. Instagram does not enable this option by default and you will have to toggle between the normal messenger and the private messenger manually. Only in the private messenger will your messages be encrypted whereas the normal messenger will not encrypt or safeguard any of your messages.

Can someone access Instagram Secret Conversations even after they have been deleted?

No, secret messages on Instagram get automatically deleted once the recipient has read the message. There’s no way for a third-party individual to gain access to messages that have already been deleted on Instagram.

Can I download hidden messages from Instagram?

Unfortunately you can not download any of the hidden or private messages on your smartphone or PC. The encryption settings on Instagram do not permit users to download hidden messages even if you’re creating a backup of your content.

Can I Send a Private Message to an Instagram Page?

Unfortunately, no. Instagram does not permit private messages to be sent to brands or recognized and verified accounts.
You will only be able to send a private message to the contacts in your friends list and not otherwise.

Can I Send an Instagram Vanishing Message on a PC?

No, Instagram for the PC does not allow you to send private or hidden messages to users. You can only do so by using the iOS or Android app.
Even if you do happen to link your Instagram account with Facebook’s messenger, you will not be able to send private or hidden messages to your contacts.

Takeaway

Instagram’s Private Messenger seems to be a god send considering that not many private messaging services are integrated into social media platforms.

As with any private messaging app, it’s best to be careful who you’re messaging and what’s being sent/received. 

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