How to reply to a specific message on Instagram

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All major messaging apps allow users to reply directly to specific messages. This is useful as it can help you avoid any confusion, which can arise especially in group chats. Instagram was a little late to roll out such a feature, but finally, it's here.

In this guide, we will explain how to update the direct messaging feature and reply to specific messages on Instagram. We've included instructions for iPhone, Android, and PC. Moreover, we will also find out why you might not be able to use the new feature.



How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on the iPhone

To reply to a specific message on Instagram on an iPhone, you must first update the direct messaging feature. Here's how to proceed and respond to the desired message:

  1. Make sure your Instagram direct messages are updated. Go to your profile and open Settings. There, tap on “Update Mail”.
  2. From the feed, tap the Messenger icon in the top right corner of your screen to access Messages.
  3. Open a private or group chat.
  4. Find a message you want to reply to. Press and hold it. Swipe right until an arrow icon appears.
  5. You will now see the selected message attached above the text input box. Type your response and send it.

You can also use the following method to reply to a specific message on Instagram:

  1. To update your direct message version, go to your profile tab, then Settings. Select "Update Mail".
  2. Go back to your feed and tap the upper right corner of your screen to open your private messages.
  3. Find a conversation that contains the message you want to reply to.
  4. When you find the message you want, tap and hold it. From the suggested options, select "Reply".
  5. You will see the selected message appear above the text input box at the bottom of your screen. Enter your response and submit it.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on Android Device

Replying to a specific Instagram message on an Android is only possible if you have updated the direct messaging feature. Here's how to reply to a message in the app:



  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile by tapping the human icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Go to Settings and select "Update Mail".
  3. Go back to the stream and tap on a paper airplane icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Find a conversation that contains the message you want to reply to.
  5. Long-press the message, then drag it to the right until it appears above the text input box.
  6. Type your answer. The message you reply to will be attached to your message when you send it.

Optionally, you can reply to messages on Instagram using a different method:


  1. From your Instagram feed, tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of your screen to access Messages.
  2. Open a conversation and find the message you want to reply to.
  3. Long press the message until three action options appear.
  4. Select "Reply". The message you are replying to will appear above the text input box.
  5. Type your answer. When you send it, the message will be attached to your reply.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram on PC

The new Instagram feature is also available on the desktop version of Instagram. Here's how to reply to messages on Instagram on a PC:


  1. Open Instagram on your computer.
  2. From the stream, click the messaging icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Open a conversation and find the message you want to reply to.
  4. Click the three-dot icon next to the message.
  5. From the suggested options, select "Reply".
  6. Type your response and send it. The message you reply to will be attached to your message.

FAQ

Can I reply to any message on Instagram?

Yes, the feature works in both individual and group chats. This is especially useful with the latter, as you can avoid confusion by directly stating the message you're replying to.

Clear communication

Now that you know how to respond to specific messages on Instagram, your communication with your friends should become clearer. Make sure to keep your Instagram up to date by turning on automatic updates. And if the feature isn't available in your region, keep checking to see if Instagram has found a way to work with European data privacy laws.

What's your take on Instagram's recent update? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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