How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

Are people harassing you on Instagram via DMs or you simply want to take a break? Yeah, I can understand that.

Here’s how you can do that in a few easy steps:

  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

The process is seamless and won’t require you to go through too many technical hoops but just in case, go through the guide below. I’ve included screenshots to help you understand better!

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How to Disable Direct Messages on Instagram?

1. Go to your Instagram profile

Go to your Instagram profile
Go to your Instagram profile

Begin by opening Instagram and selecting your profile picture in the bottom-right corner (see the picture above).

2. Open the menu and select “Settings”

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

Good, once your profile page is before you, tap the three-line icon in the top-right corner (highlighted in the image above).

Once you do that, a menu will appear in the bottom-half of the page. Select “Settings” and continue reading my instructions:

3. Select “Privacy

Select “Privacy”
Select “Privacy”

Reached the settings page yet? Then, look for the “Privacy” tab and select it. It should be at the very top of the page, under the “Notifications” option.

Check the picture above if you can’t find it.

4. Select “Messages

Select “Messages”
Select “Messages”

Next-up, scroll through the privacy settings and look for the “Messages“. See it right there under the “Activity Status” option? Yep, that’s the one – tap it.

5. Select “Others on Instagram

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

Good, you’ve now reached the “Message Controls” settings, which is where you’ll be changing direct messages.

Select “Others on Instagram” and keep reading, please:

6. Select “Don’t receive requests

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

Now, just check the “Don’t receive requests” option on the “Others on Instagram” page (just like in the image above).

Doing this means that 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 and then 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 also 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 it, which is somewhat acceptable I guess…

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

Select “Notifications”
Select “Notifications”

To open the “Notifications” page, follow the same steps as before (tap the Menu icon – Settings).

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.

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 (see the picture below).

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

Just disable the “Message Requests” and “Messages” options (as shown in the picture above), and you’re done.

That’s all, you’re done. You’ve just disabled both DMs and notifications about DMs on Instagram! Let me know in the comments below if you’re having issues with any of the steps above!

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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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