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How to Reply to a Specific Instagram Message

In September 2020, Instagram announced the release of new messaging features.

This includes “Vanish Mode”, “Chat Colors”, “Replies”, and many more.

With “Replies”, you can respond to a specific direct message (DM) on Instagram.

That way, the other person will know the message that you’re referring to.

If you’ve been using the direct message feature on Instagram, you might have noticed that some people are replying to your messages.

However, when you try to reply to a message, you’re unable to.

This is because you probably haven’t updated messaging on Instagram yet.

If you didn’t update messaging, tapping and holding a message will not bring up the “Reply” option.

Instead, you’ll only see the “Copy”, “Report”, and “Save” options.

Here’s how to reply to a specific Instagram message:

  1. Go to your Instagram profile & open the menu
  2. Tap on “Settings”
  3. Tap on “Update Messaging”
  4. Update Messaging
  5. Tap & hold the message, then tap on “Reply”
  6. Reply to the message

1. Go to your Instagram profile & open the menu

Before you can reply to a message on Instagram, you need to update messaging on the app.

When the new messaging features on Instagram was just released, you’ll be prompted to update messaging.

However, you won’t be prompted to do so in the present.

Hence, you need to update messaging manually.

Firstly, tap on your profile icon on the bottom navigation bar.

After you’ve tapped on your profile icon, you’ll land on your Instagram profile.

Tap on the menu icon on the top navigation bar to open the menu.

2. Tap on “Settings”

After you’ve tapped on the menu icon, the navigation menu will open.

The navigation menu contains several options.

This includes “Settings”, “Archive”, “Your activity”, and more.

Tap on “Settings” to go to your Instagram settings.

3. Tap on “Update Messaging”

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After you’ve tapped on “Settings”, you’ll land on your settings.

On your settings, you’ll see multiple options.

This includes “Follow and invite friends”, “Notifications”, “Business”, and others.

If you haven’t updated messaging yet, you’ll see an “Update Messaging” option at the top of your settings.

Tap on “Update Messaging” to see the new messaging features on Instagram.

If you don’t see the “Update Messaging” option, you need to update the Instagram app.

To update Instagram on an iPhone, open the App Store, tap on your profile icon, tap on Instagram, then tap on “Update”.

To update Instagram on an Android device, open the Play Store, tap on your profile icon, tap on “My apps & games”, tap on Instagram, then tap on “Update”.

4. Update Messaging

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After you’ve tapped on “Update Messaging”, you’ll see the list of new messaging features on Instagram.

This includes the ability to change your chat color, react with any emoji, swipe to reply to messages, and more.

As you can see, updating messaging will allow you to reply to specific messages on Instagram.

Hence, you need to update messaging on Instagram.

Tap on “Update” to update messaging on Instagram.

5. Tap & hold the message, then tap on “Reply”

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After you’ve tapped on “Update”, you’ll land on your settings.

You’ll also see a “Your messaging has been updated” message.

This means that the messaging feature on Instagram has been successfully updated!

Now, you’ll be able to reply to messages on Instagram.

Firstly, go to the homepage of Instagram and tap on the “Messenger” icon on the top navigation bar.

Secondly, navigate to the message that you want to reply to.

Thirdly, tap and hold the message, then tap on “Reply” to reply to the message.

Alternatively, you can swipe left on the message and tap on “Reply” to reply to it.

6. Reply to the message

After you’ve tapped on “Reply”, the message will be quoted.

Now, type your message on the chat bar and tap on “Send” to send it.

After you’ve sent the message, the person will be able to see that you’ve replied to them.

Above the chatbox, there’ll be a phrase that says, “You replied”.

You’ve successfully learned how to reply to a message on Instagram!

Conclusion

Many Instagram users are unable to reply to messages because they haven’t updated the messaging feature.

If you haven’t updated the messaging feature on Instagram, you won’t have the option to reply to messages.

Instead, you’ll only have 3 options including “Copy”, “Report”, and “Save”.

To update the messaging feature, you need to follow the guide above.

Once you’ve updated the feature, you’ll have a lot more messaging options.

Simply tap and hold a message to bring up those options.

The options include “Reply”, “Report”, and “More”.

Alternatively, you can swipe left on the message.

You can react to a message using an emoji, or reply to it directly by tapping on “Reply”.

Replying to an Instagram message will quote it, and you’ll be able to see a “You replied” phrase above it.

If you don’t see the messaging update, you need to update the Instagram app.

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Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media and 3+ years of experience in investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.