How to Delete Instagram Chats : Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms for sharing photos, videos and messages. Over time, your Instagram chats can build up, taking up valuable storage space on your device. You may also want to delete Instagram conversations that are no longer relevant or that contain sensitive information. Fortunately, Instagram provides easy options to manage your conversations and delete chats whenever needed.
View Instagram Conversations Before deleting chats, you may want to view your existing Instagram conversations. Here’s how to see all recent messages on Instagram:
- Open the Instagram app on your mobile device.
- Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner to access your messages and open the list of recent conversations.
- Tap on any conversation to view the full message history with that user.
- Scroll up and down to view your chat history and see all the messages exchanged with that Instagram user.
This will allow you to review conversations before deciding which ones to delete.
Delete an Entire Conversation To delete a whole conversation thread with another user on Instagram:
- Go to your messages list in the Instagram app.
- Swipe left on the conversation you want to delete. This will reveal a “Delete” option.
- Tap on “Delete” to confirm that you want to permanently erase the entire chat history with that user.
- Tap “Delete” again on the confirmation prompt to complete the process.
The conversation along with all related messages shared with that Instagram user will be permanently deleted. This clears up local storage space and removes chat history you no longer need.
Delete Part of an Instagram Conversation If you only want to remove a portion of an Instagram conversation, you can delete specific messages without erasing the whole chat. Here’s how:
- Open the Instagram conversation where you sent the message.
- Tap and hold on the message or photo you want to delete. This will reveal a menu.
- Select “Delete” to permanently erase that message from the conversation. It will be deleted for you and removed from the other person’s chat as well.
- Repeat this process to delete any other messages you want eliminated from the chat history.
The rest of the conversation with that user will remain intact. Only the specific messages you delete will disappear from view.
Delete Instagram Chat on the Website In addition to the Instagram mobile app, you can also use the Instagram website to view and delete your direct message conversations:
- Go to instagram.com on your internet browser and log into your Instagram account if you aren’t already signed in.
- Click the paper airplane icon in the top right to access your messages.
- Click the three dots next to a conversation to open a dropdown menu.
- Select “Delete Conversation” then confirm that you want to erase the entire chat history with that user.
This will instantly delete that whole conversation thread from the Instagram website as well as your mobile conversations list. Use this method when accessing Instagram on a laptop or desktop computer.
Delete Multiple Instagram Conversations If you want to delete a lot of old or irrelevant conversations all at once, there is a way to multi-select chats on Instagram:
- Tap the paper airplane icon then touch and hold your finger on the first conversation you want to delete. This will cause a menu icon to appear.
- Continue holding down and start tapping other conversations you want to erase. A red minus icon will show next to each selected thread.
- Once you’ve selected all conversations you want to delete, lift your finger then press the menu icon in the top right corner.
- Choose “Delete” on the menu then confirm by tapping “Delete” again on the popup prompt.
Doing this allows you to bulk delete multiple Instagram message threads to quickly clear out your inbox.
Recovering Deleted Conversations Keep in mind that deleting an Instagram conversation permanently erases the chat history from your account and the other person’s inbox. There is no way to retrieve deleted Instagram messages on the mobile app. However, if you accidentally deleted a conversation, recovery may be possible through the Instagram website:
- Log in to instagram.com in a desktop web browser.
- Go to your messages page then click “Show Deleted Messages” at the bottom.
- Click “Recover” next to any deleted conversations you want to restore.
- The chat will then reappear in your main messages folder as if it was never erased.
ThisInstagram website feature allows retrieval of accidentally deleted direct message conversations within 10 days of initial removal. So recover chats quickly if possible.
Free Up Storage Space
Maintaining your Instagram messages and deleting conversations regularly helps optimize your account. By removing chat history you no longer need, you also free up valuable storage capacity on your mobile device. Less clutter in your Instagram inbox lets you more easily navigate relevant ongoing conversations as well. Implement these deleting techniques whenever required to easily manage your Instagram messaging experience.