How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

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How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

How to disable direct messages on Instagram? Do you want to disable direct messages on Instagram?

Maybe you’re receiving too many Spam DMs, or some are rude?

You can disable all of them, so you don’t need to go through them and block specific users.

If you don’t care about receiving direct Instagram messages, then follow this guide.

How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

To disable direct messages on Instagram, go to your Instagram profile – Settings – Privacy – Messages – Others on Instagram – Don’t receive requests.

Follow the steps below to disable your DMs on Instagram:

  1. Go to your Instagram profile
  2. Open the menu and select “Settings”
  3. Select “Privacy”
  4. Select “Messages”
  5. Select “Others on Instagram”
  6. Select “Don’t receive requests”

We’ll teach you how to disable all direct messages on Instagram.

Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

How Can You Disable DMs on Instagram?

This guide won’t teach you how to disable the DM notifications.

Instead, you’ll learn how to block off all DMs attempts from other users.

They won’t be able to message you in the first place.

To do it, go to your Instagram profile – Settings – Privacy – Messages – Others on Instagram – Don’t receive requests.

Instagram will send requests from people who want to message you on the platform.

If you select “Don’t receive requests,” you won’t receive any more message requests. Problem solved.

Alternatively, you could turn off the push notifications if you still want to receive message requests but don’t want to be notified.

This guide will tech you how to do both, just in case you’re not decided what to do.

Follow the steps below to disable your DMs on Instagram:

  • Go to your Instagram profile
Go to your Instagram profile
Go to your Instagram profile

When you open Instagram, you’ll land on the homepage.

This is where you can see the most recent posts from your Instagram friends.

You’ll need to go to your profile to access your settings.

Look at the bottom of the screen for a bar with multiple icons.

Select the profile icon from the bottom-right corner. It shows your profile picture.

After you select it, you’ll be taken to your Instagram profile page.

  • Open the menu and select “Settings”
Open the menu and select “Settings”
Open the menu and select “Settings”

Once you open your profile page, look in the top-right corner for a three-dash icon.

That’s your Menu icon. Tap on it to open the menu at the bottom of the screen.

You’ll see multiple options, including “Settings,” “Archive,” “Your activity,” “QR Code,” “Saved,” and more.

From this menu, you can customize your experience on Instagram.

This includes changing your public information, notifications, privacy settings, and more.

  • Select “Privacy”
Select “Privacy”
Select “Privacy”

In the Settings, you need to select “Privacy.”

It’s the third option from the top. Above it is the “Notifications” option. We’ll return to it later when you need to disable the DM notifications.

For now, we’ll need to disable the Direct Messages entirely, which we can do from the “Privacy” setting.

Once you select “Privacy,” you’ll land on another setting page. Follow the next steps to disable DMs.

  • Select “Messages”
Select “Messages”
Select “Messages”

In the “Privacy” settings, you’ll be able to customize many things.

The “Comments” will let you customize who sees your comments and who can comment on your posts.

The “Posts” option lets you change the like and view count visibility and who can tag you on posts.

The setting you need is “Messages,” a bit to the bottom, but you won’t need to scroll down.

It’s below the “Activity Status” option.

  • Select “Others on Instagram”
Select “Others on Instagram”
Select “Others on Instagram”

You’re in the Message controls now, where you can fine-tune your DM experience on Instagram.

There are two main options: “Your followers on Instagram,” where you control your DM experience with your followers, and “Others on Instagram,” where you control your DM experience with others on Instagram.

By “other people,” we refer to people who aren’t following you or who aren’t your friends on Instagram.

Select “Others on Instagram” to disable direct messages on Instagram.

  • Select “Don’t receive requests”
Select “Don’t receive requests”
Select “Don’t receive requests”

Finally, you need to select “Don’t receive requests.”

This means no one other than your followers can send you DM requests on Instagram.

You can also disable direct messages for your followers if you want to.

Go to the previous menu and select “Your Followers on Instagram.” 

Then, select “Don’t receive requests.”

Potentially, you can disable direct messages for everyone on Instagram. No one will be able to send you DMs.

The other categories of people include people who’ve liked or followed your Facebook page, people who’ve chatted with your Facebook page, and more.

That’s it. With this setting selected, you’ve disabled all DMs on Instagram.

If you want to reenable them, you can return them and do it from this menu.

How Can You Turn Off the DM Notifications on Instagram?

You can turn off the DM notifications if you don’t want to take such a drastic measure as disabling direct messages on Instagram.

This means that other people will still be able to send you DMs, but you won’t be notified about this.

To disable DM notifications, go to Settings and select “Notifications.”

Select “Notifications”
Select “Notifications”

To get to the settings, follow the same steps as when you disabled the direct messages.

Go to your Instagram profile – Menu – Settings.

Then, select “Notifications” from the options.

It’s the second option from the top, so it’s not hard to find.

Once you select “Notifications,” you’ll be taken to a new menu where you can customize your notifications on Instagram.

Direct Messages and Calls
Direct Messages and Calls

There are several menus here, including “Push Notifications,” “Pause all” (notifications), “Posts, Stories and Comments,” “Direct Messages and Calls,” and more.

You can customize your notifications for every one of these categories and features.

For instance, you can disable notifications for posts, stories, and comments but leave the DM notifications on.

Or you can disable all notifications except for the Live and Video ones.

If you want to disable DM notifications, select “Direct Messages and Calls.”

Finally, you’ll land on another page where you can make this change.

Direct Messages and Calls - Off
Direct Messages and Calls – Off

You’ll see several options on the “Direct Messages and Calls” page.

All these categories have two options – On or Off. You can either enable or disable notifications for each type.

By default, all of them are on.

Look at the first two options – “Message requests” and “Messages.”

That’s what you need to turn off to disable DM notifications.

Select “Off” for both of these categories, and that’s it.

You can do that from this menu if you want to disable notifications for other messages like group requests, video chats, or rooms.

Scroll down to see the categories and select “off” for them.

Conclusion

Instagram’s direct messages are a basic feature of the platform, but sometimes, you need a period of relaxation.

Are people bothering you too much? You can disable direct messages or DM notifications.

This way, they won’t be bothering you anymore.

To do this, go to Menu – Settings – Privacy – Messages – Others on Instagram – Don’t Receive Requests.

That’s how you disable direct messages on Instagram easily.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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