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How to send and receive DMs on Instagram using a PC or Mac

On: December 25, 2020

Instagram is without doubt the most popular photo-sharing social media platform in the world right now. The social media platform turned 10 this year and boasts of over 1 billion monthly active users. The platform is a preferred choice of many brands for influencer marketing. However, prior to 2020, there was no way to contact other users on the website, which left many wondering how to message on Instagram on PC.

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However, earlier this year, Instagram brought the direct message or DM feature from the mobile app to the website. Users are no longer required to switch to iPhone interface from the developer’s menu on their browser to get the DM facility on the PC. In case you are wondering how to use the direct message feature on the platform, here’s a detailed guide.

How to message on Instagram on PC: a step-by-step guide

Instagram DM on web works in the same way as on mobile app

Instagram DM on the web works in the same way as on the mobile app

Sending a DM on the Instagram website is as easy as it’s on the smartphone app, so there’s not a steep learning curve involved. You can chat with your followers or friends on the platform or even those who you don’t follow. Instagram lets you share feed posts, stories, IGTV videos and reels through a direct message. Users can also directly share media files from their phone to an Instagram contact.

In case you are new to the platform and wondering how to message on Instagram on PC, here’s a detailed guide.

  1. Go to Instagram login page.
  2. Log in using your Instagram credentials or sign up.
  3. Just like on the mobile app, you can go to a page and tap on the ‘Message’ button to send DM.
  4. You can check all your existing conversation by tapping on the DM button in the top-right corner.

In the Instagram DM window, users can search for multiple users and start a chat to create a group. Additionally, the existing DMs can be segregated into Primary and General tabs. The less important DMs can be moved to the General tab by long pressing on them and clicking ‘Move to General’.

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