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How to Recover Deleted Instagram Messages

Instagram is a social photo and video sharing platform. A lot of people are using it for different purposes. From stories to IGTV, there is too much going on on Instagram. It is such a platform to find any kind of account to follow according to your interests. It is not only that; there is contact on Instagram as well. You can send messages to people by replying to their stories or just writing them directly. But what if your messages are deleted. In this article, we are going to explain how to recover deleted Instagram messages.

Instagram is not a chatting platform, but sometimes we can find a topic to write a lot about. Usually, this comes out when you are replying to someone’s story. You might delete messages by mistake or for other reasons, but when you want to recover deleted Instagram messages, it is possible, and there are three ways to do it.

Recovering Messages From the Other Side

When you delete messages on Instagram, you only delete them from your account. So your messages are still in the Direct Messages of the other person if he or she did not delete them as well.

One of the easiest ways to recover your messages is to ask the recipient to hand them over to you. It is one of the fastest ways for Instagram message recovery. However, if you do not follow each other anymore, you might want to try other ways to get your messages again.

Recovering From Facebook Account

In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram; since then, connecting your Instagram account to Facebook has been possible. For those who connected their accounts, there is good news. If you have connected your Instagram account to the Facebook account, it is much easier to recover deleted Instagram messages.

Your messages are collected on Facebook, as well. So you can find your Instagram direct messages in Facebook Inbox. Just follow these simple steps to see your deleted messages on Instagram:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the ‘Messages’ button on the upper right side of the page.
  3. Now, you have reached your inbox.
  4. There will be a menu on the left side. Click on the ‘Instagram Direct’ icon, and you will find your DM messages here.

Also, learn how to see a private account on Instagram.

Recovering Messages Manually

If you have not connected your account to Facebook, don’t worry. Recovering from Facebook is easy, but not everyone connects their account, and it is still possible to recover deleted Instagram messages without a Facebook account.

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Instagram started a function that allows you to download any kind of data from its website page. You can download direct messages, photos, videos, and comments. Now let’s take a look at how you can download your messages:

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  1. Open the Instagram website page on a PC and log in to your account by entering your username and password.
  2. Go to your profile; there is a profile icon on the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Click on ‘Settings’ and select ‘Privacy and Security’ from the pop-up menu.
  4. Scroll down the page and click on the ‘Data Download’ button. Instagram will ask you to verify yourself and log in to your account again.
  5. Then, enter your e-mail address to get a link from Instagram to download your messages, photos, videos, and profile information. 
  6. Click on ‘Next’ and enter your Instagram password and click on ‘Request Download.’
  7. After you have done that, you will get an e-mail from Instagram with the subject of ‘Your Instagram Data’ in 48 hours.
  8. Open the e-mail and click on ‘Download Data,’ then all the data you have shared on Instagram will be downloaded in a ZIP file.
  9. Extract the files from the ZIP file and look for the messages file. Once you open it, you can see the deleted Instagram messages.

If you have more questions, check the Instagram Help!

Conclusion on Instagram Messages

As you can see, it is possible to recover deleted Instagram messages one way or another. Your messages are not deleted from the recipient so one of the easiest ways to recover them is just asking the recipients for the messages. If you cannot do that, you can recover them from your Facebook account, if you have connected your accounts of course. The third way might be the hardest, but the most difficult thing about it is just waiting. 

Frequently Asked Questions About

Blocked users cannot send messages to you, but both sides can see past conversations. If you don’t want to see them, you have to delete them manually.

There is no hiding direct messages feature on Instagram DMs, but you can mute other users. To do that, go to your DM section, tap and hold on the account you want to mute, tap on ‘Mute Messages.’

If you block someone and you are in the same group with them you can still see their messages, but if that person tries to contact you in DM, it is not possible.

There’s no expiration date for Instagram messages; unless you delete them manually, or the person you’re talking to blocks you, the messages stay.

Instagram does not store users’ messages after the user deletes them.

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  1. Aayush

    Sir if someone had delted his account and than I want to take out the messages . Than what should I do

    • Insta Followers
      Insta Followers

      You can still see the dms with the deleted account. If you can’t see them, they were probably deleted by the other account.

      • lauren

        I want to recover my DM message thread so that I can unsend a message that I sent to another user… Is that possible?

      • Ravish

        I can only recover current conversations through data download and not the deleted chats.

  2. Isabelle

    If I blocked someone on Instagram and had also deleted the chat would I still be able to recover the old messages through the Data Download? or would I have to unblock them

    • Insta Followers
      Insta Followers

      If it doesn’t work, you may try to unblock them just to get your messages and block them again.

  3. Greg

    I had a direct message but it was from someone I didn’t know and deleted that message. Is there a way to retrieve that one?

  4. Mike

    You say to ask the other person for the DM’s. How exactly do they send them to you?

    • Insta Followers
      Insta Followers

      They can copy and paste the texts.

  5. Gloria

    Hi, I downloaded the data from my IG account but I could only see the current conversations that I have in my app. I could not recover my deleted conversations. Is there another way to do it? Thank you

  6. Manav Shah
    Manav Shah

    Sir, I deleted an entire chat with someone in the morning. Then I tried this method an hour later. The only messages I recovered are of the people whose chats are still open in dm. Please help!

  7. Anmol awasthi
    Anmol awasthi

    Hi, I’ll done all the process but I didn’t receive any mail till now. And I done this process three day ago so it’s above 48 hours.
    And when I click again on my Instagram profile for download data it shows ”” we sent an email *****.you can download your data might be from your phone****
    So what should I do.

  8. Mazrul pathan
    Mazrul pathan

    Sir if both sides have deleted all chat and then blocked , can it be possible to recover them ?

  9. Piyush

    Thanks for the valuable info.
    Really, it is helpful for me and many people out there like me.

  10. Jess Saunders
    Jess Saunders

    I got really upset when I thought I could never recover deleted Instagram messages. Can’t thank you enough!

  11. wan

    I wanted to recover a chat on instagram so I did the data requests and got my data but the chat I wanted to restore is not there. What could have happened

  12. Anonymous

    How to recover the deleted messages if the person already unfollow me?

  13. Anonymous

    When I go to upload it or put choose my file in the insta recover it says no messages found what do I do

  14. steph

    trying to recover message train to someone where the messages have been deleted and the person then blocked. I tried the data download when they were blocked and unblocked but it has not provided a message conversation download for that person only those with open message trains- please help

    • Maggie Whitewater
      Maggie Whitewater

      Hey Steph,
      So sorry to hear that, have you tried contacting Instagram support regarding the issue?

  15. Sally M.
    Sally M.

    This article was a lifesaver! I accidentally deleted an important Instagram conversation and thought it was gone forever. Following the steps outlined here, I was able to recover the messages with ease. Thank you for the clear and concise guide!

    • Ava Rowland
      Ava Rowland

      You’re welcome!

  16. Marco G.
    Marco G.

    Incredibly useful information, thank you! I wasn’t even aware that recovering deleted Instagram messages was possible until I came across this article. The step-by-step instructions were easy to follow and worked perfectly. Really appreciate this!

    • Ava Rowland
      Ava Rowland

      Glad you liked it!