Unlike other Instant Messaging services, Instagram does not allow you to read your DMs without sending a ‘read receipt’ to the sender. While it may not be an issue for most, some users might want to remain incognito while going through their messages. Luckily, there are a few ways using which you can read Instagram direct messages without being seen. Today, we bring you some of the easiest workarounds.
Read Instagram Direct Messages without being seen by turning off your mobile data/WiFi
If you turn off the internet on your phone, you can read your Instagram DMs without the read receipt being sent to the message sender. However, the receipt will be sent as soon as you turn on the internet, and the sender will be able to see that you’ve read the message.
Step 1: Pull the notification bar on your phone screen and disable mobile data/turn off WiFi.
Step 2: Open the Instagram app and open the DMs section.
Step 3: Open any DM that you wish to read.
Step 4: Close the Instagram app.
The sender will not get a read receipt as long as you stay offline.
Read Instagram DMs by disabling the internet and logging out
This trick will let you read your DMs offline, without the sender knowing you’ve seen them as soon as you come online. By logging out of the Instagram app, it won’t be able to send the read receipt when you connect to the internet. Instead of logging out, you can also clear Instagram app data from your phone, which will accomplish a similar result.
After you’ve disabled the internet on your phone and read the DM, follow these steps.
Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile page and click on the three bars at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 2: From the pop-up menu, click on Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on ‘Log out’.
Read Instagram Direct Messages by ‘Restricting’ the sender
In order to curb bullying, harassment, and spam on their platform, Instagram allows you to ‘restrict’ a user. Restricting a user makes their comments invisible to other viewers that view your posts. It also moves their DMs to the ‘message requests’ folder, where you can view them without being seen.
Step 1: Go to the user’s profile.
Step 2: Click on the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of the profile.
Step 3: On the menu that pops up, click on ‘Restrict’.
Step 4: The user’s DM’s will be moved to the ‘Requests’ folder which can be accessed from the DM section.
Using a third-party app to read your Instagram DMs without being seen
There are a bunch of third-party apps on the marketplace that you can use to manage your Instagram account. These apps provide tools using which you can boost engagement numbers on your profile and even increase your follower count in an organic way. AiGrow is one such app. AiGrow also allows you to read your Instagram DMs without being seen.
Step 1: Sign up on the AiGrow app or website.
Step 2: Add your Instagram account to the AiGrow dashboard.
Step 3: Click on ‘Manage Account’.
Step 4: Open your Inbox.
Step 5: Select any conversation you wish to read. Any message you open will not send a read receipt back to the sender.
Using a third-party app for your social media account can always be a risky affair. The app may store your personal data, putting your privacy in jeopardy. Always be mindful of the risks while using any third-party app.
Use your email
AiGrow also offers users to access their Instagram DMs from their email accounts. Once your Instagram DMs are forwarded to your email, you will be able to read and respond to them without being seen. Here’s how you can do that.
Step 1: On the AiGrow dashboard, click on the DM to Email option.
Step 2: Add your email.
Step 3: Open your email inbox and verify your email.
Step 4: Your email will be linked to AiGrow. You can now access your Insta DMs in your email inbox.
Using any of these 5 steps, you can read your Instagram messages without being seen. We must also mention that reading the message notification will also not send a read receipt to the message sender. If the message is too long for the notification, you can long-press the notification icon and expand it to view the entire message. This may not work for multiple messages sent together. This is when you can refer to any of the tricks mentioned above.
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