Sending a direct message to a public account on Instagram is easy. You just need to visit their profile and tap the Message button which is beside the Follow button. This will take you to the chat and you can send a message to them.
But what if the account is private and you haven’t followed them?
If you go to a private account, you can notice that the message button is not visible on their profile.
So you might be thinking that you can’t send a DM to a private account. But, that’s not the case.
Fortunately, Instagram allows you to send a message to a private account even if you are not following them.
This guide will help you to send a message to a private account on Instagram.
How to DM a Private Account On Instagram
To send a direct message to a private account on Instagram, visit their profile, tap the three dots on the right side of their username and click Send Message.
Here is the detailed guide:
- Open the Instagram app and find the private account that you want to send a direct message to.
- Once you are on their profile, tap the three dots at the top-right corner.
- A menu will then pop up from the bottom. Tap Send Message.
- Doing so will open the chat and you can send a message to them.
There’s also an alternate way for this.
- Open the Instagram app and go to your chat by tapping the chat icon at the top-right.
- On the Search bar, type the username to whom you want to send a DM.
- Tap on that particular profile and it will open the chat.
- Now, compose your message and tap Send.
How to Message a Private Account On Instagram On a PC
If you are using the web version of Instagram on a mobile browser or a PC, you can’t send a message to someone directly from their profile if you aren’t following them.
However, there is another way to message them. Instead of going to their profile directly, open your chat and search the person by typing their username. Once their profile is displayed, tap on it and it will open the chat.
This is similar to Method 2 explained above. However, the search bar is not visible at first. To enable a search bar, tap the pen & paper icon.
Can someone message you if your Instagram account is private?
Yes, anyone can send a direct message to you even if your account is private.
Can anyone who is not your follower direct message you on Instagram if you have a private account?
Yes, anyone who is not following you can message you even if you have a private account.
Can private Instagram accounts send messages to public accounts?
Yes, there is no restriction for a private account to send a message to a public account. You can visit their profile and message them.
Can you DM someone you don’t follow?
It is not necessary for you to follow someone to send a direct message. You can send a DM even if you don’t follow them.