Have you sent an Instagram text message to someone and you want to delete it from both sides?
If yes, this blog on how to delete messages on Instagram from both sides is for you.
Sometimes, we send the wrong messages to someone on Instagram by mistake.
To let you rectify this mistake, Instagram has added the option of deleting messages on Instagram from both sides.
In this article, I will guide you to delete messages from both sides and clear chats on Instagram.
Can You Delete Instagram Messages From Both Sides?
Like on WhatsApp and Facebook, you can delete Instagram messages from both sides.
Long press the message you want to delete. Tap “Unsend” to delete the message from both sides.
With this “Unsend” feature on Instagram, you can delete any message you wish from both sides, i.e. from your and the receiver’s accounts.
Let’s discuss the process of deleting messages from both sides in detail.
How to Delete Instagram Messages from Both Sides
Initially, the feature of deleting messages on Instagram from both sides wasn’t available.
However, this feature was added to offer users a unique option of deleting messages on the platform.
It can happen that you have mistakenly sent a wrong text to someone you didn’t intend to, or the message was a typing error.
In such cases, you can delete messages from both sides and eliminate confusion.
Follow the steps to discover how to delete Instagram messages from both sides.
- Open your Instagram app.
- Tap the messenger icon at the top right corner of the feed page.
- Select the conversation that you want to delete messages from both sides.
- Now, long-press the message you want to remove.
- Next, tap “Unsend” to delete the message from both sides.
Repeat the process to clear chats individually, as you cannot delete chats in bulk.
Once you tap the “Unsend” option, the message will be permanently deleted from both sides, and you can no longer restore it from now on.
Note: The recipient will not get any notification if you unsend messages from the chat.
How to Delete Conversations on Instagram?
Instagram offers its users the option of clearing an entire chat from the platform.
If you think any conversation compromises your privacy, you can clear the entire conversation.
However, this feature only lets you delete a chat from your account.
The chat will not be deleted from that friend’s account and will remain on their account.
Here is how you can delete a chat from your Instagram account.
- Open your Instagram app and tap the Messenger icon at the top right corner of the feed page.
- Select the chat you want to delete.
- Tap and hold the conversation you want to delete.
- Tap “Delete” from the pop-up menu to permanently delete the chat.
Note: Deleting an entire chat is different from unsending messages on Instagram.
When you “Unsend” an Instagram DM, you permanently delete the message from your and your friend’s account.
When you delete a chat, you delete it from your account only.
You can unsend multiple messages on Instagram by tapping and holding every message individually and tapping on the “Unsend’ option.
However, you can use third-party apps like auto-clicker to unsend multiple messages on Instagram automatically.
The feature of deleting Instagram chats in bulk is currently not available to users. You can’t select multiple chats and must delete each chat individually.
You can delete messages on Instagram from both sides via your desktop by following the steps below.
1. Log in to your Instagram account via a web browser of your preference.
2. Now, click the Messenger icon at the left side menu.
3. Select the chat you want to delete messages from.
4. Now, hover your cursor on the message you want to delete, and you will see the ellipsis icon (…) at the left of the message you put your cursor on.
5. Click the ellipsis icon (…).
6. Next, tap on “Unsend” from the pop-up menu.
7. Tap “Unsend” again to confirm removing your selected message.
You cannot delete messages for both sides by uninstalling the Instagram app. So, uninstalling the Instagram app will not delete messages from both sides.
Unlike WhatsApp, there is no time limit to unsend messages for both sides on Instagram Messenger. So you can unsend messages on Instagram any time you want to.
The recipient will not be notified if you unsend messages on Instagram. Of course, if they have read the text, they would know that the text was removed.
But, if they haven’t seen the message, they will not know if you have unsent it.
When you unsend a message on Instagram, that message is permanently deleted from both sides, and the other user cannot access the same.
You cannot delete Instagram messages if you have blocked the receiver of the message. This is because you have restricted them from visiting your profile or sending you messages.
Yes, the vanish mode deletes messages from both sides. If you have turned on the vanish mode on your account, the messages you send to someone will be deleted as soon as the receiver has seen the message.
You can delete an entire Instagram conversation on both sides by tapping and holding the conversations individually and then tapping “Delete’ from the pop-up menu.
Deleting Instagram messages can help you avoid confusion with friends or family members.
Through this article on how to delete messages on Instagram, I tried to answer all your questions regarding deleting messages from both sides and clearing conversations on Instagram.
I hope you can now delete Instagram messages from both sides and clear chats on the platform.
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