How To Reply To A Specific Message In Instagram

All major messaging apps allow users to respond directly to specific messages. That’s useful as it can help you avoid confusion, which can especially help in group chats. Instagram was a bit late to roll out such a feature, but it’s finally here.

 

In this guide, we’ll explain how to update the direct messaging feature and reply to specific messages on Instagram. We’ve included instructions for iPhone, Android, and PC. Additionally, we’ll also uncover why you may be unable to use the new feature.

How To Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on the iPhone

To respond to a specific message on Instagram on an iPhone, you should first update the direct messaging feature. Here’s how to do that and reply to the desired message:

  1. Ensure your Instagram direct messages are updated. Go to your profile and open Settings. There, tap “Update Messaging.”
  2. From the feed, tap the messenger icon at the upper right corner of your screen to access messages.

  3. Open a private or group conversation.

  4.  Find a message you wish to reply to. Tap it and hold. Swipe right until you see an arrow icon appear.

  5. You’ll now see the selected message attached above the text input box. Type in your reply and send it.

Alternatively, you can use the following method to respond to a specific message on Instagram:

  1. To update your direct message version, navigate to your profile tab, then to Settings. Select “Update Messaging.”
  2. Go back to your feed and tap the upper right corner of your screen to open your direct messages.

  3. Find a conversation containing the message you wish to respond to.

  4. When you find the desired message, tap and hold it. From the suggested options, select “Reply.”

  5. You’ll see the selected message appear above the text input box at the bottom of your screen. Enter your reply and send it.

How To Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on an Android Device

Replying to a specific Instagram message on an Android is only possible if you’ve updated the direct messaging feature. Here’s how to respond to a message in the app:

  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile by tapping the human icon at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Navigate to Settings and select “Update Messaging.”
  3. Go back to the feed and tap a paper airplane icon at the upper right corner of the screen.

  4. Find a conversation containing the message you wish to respond to.

  5. Tap and hold the message, then swipe it to the right until it appears above the text input box.

  6. Type in your reply. The message you respond to will be attached to your message when you send it.

Optionally, you can respond to messages on Instagram using a different method:

  1. From your Instagram feed, tap the paper airplane icon in the upper right corner of your screen to access messages.
  2. Open a conversation and find the message you wish to reply to.

  3. Tap and hold the message until you see three action options appear.
  4. Select “Reply.” The message you’re responding to will appear above the text input box.

  5. Type in your reply. When you send it, the message will be attached to your reply.

How To Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on a PC

The new Instagram feature is available on Instagram’s desktop version, too. Here’s how to reply to messages on Instagram on a PC:

  1. Open Instagram on your computer.

  2. From the feed, click the messenger icon located at the top of the screen.

  3. Open a conversation and find the message you wish to respond to.
  4. Click the three-dot icon next to the message.

  5. From the suggested options, select “Reply.”

  6. Type in your reply and send it. The message you respond to will be attached to your message.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Instagram messaging update is packed full of new and helpful features. If you still have questions, we’ve included some more answers below.

Can I Reply to Any Message on Instagram?

Yes, the feature works both in individual and group conversations. It’s especially useful with the latter, as you can avoid confusion by directly indicating the message you’re replying to.

Why don’t I have the option to update Instagram messages?

Some users have reported that they do not see the option to update their Instagram messages in the Settings. If you don’t see the option in the Settings, tap on the Message icon in the upper right-hand corner first. Instagram may prompt you to update the messaging service there.

 

 

If the prompt doesn’t appear, there are other outlets to investigate. First, ensure that your Instagram messaging feature isn’t already updated. If you see the classic paper airplane icon in the upper right-hand corner, your message feature isn’t updated. On the other hand, if you see the chat bubble icon, your message function is already updated.

 

Assuming you see the paper airplane icon, Instagram messages are not updated to the latest version. Head over to the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store (depending on your OS), and make sure that the Instagram app is updated to the newest version.

 

If the app is up-to-date, ensure your device’s location is set to a region where the new update is available. For example, the feature isn’t currently available in Japan and some parts of Europe.

 

Lastly, you can use the Help option in the Instagram app to request individualized assistance. There may be an account-specific reason you cannot update your messaging service just yet.

Crystal Clear Communication

Now that you know how to respond to specific messages on Instagram, your communication with friends should become clearer. Make sure to keep your Instagram up to date by enabling automatic updates. And if the feature is unavailable in your region, keep checking to find out if Instagram has found a way to work with European data privacy laws.

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