How to disable requests for messages on Instagram

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Aina Prat Blasi

Learn how to block annoying message requests from strangers on Instagram with this short and simple step by step guide.

You are probably reading this article because you want to find out how to disable Instagram message requests. This is a great idea as it will prevent people you don't follow from bothering you with messages you don't want to read or reply to.

This article will show you how to turn off Instagram message requests in just a few steps.

What is a message request

Before we begin, it is important to know what the message requests are.

As an Instagram user whose profile is not private, any other Instagram user can send you a direct message. However, when a user you're not following sends you a message, Instagram keeps the message in a separate folder called "Message Requests".

When you receive a message request, you can choose to accept or delete it after reading it. Also, Instagram doesn't let the sender know you've read the message until you accept the request.

Why turn off message requests

There are a few reasons why you might want to turn off message requests on Instagram. The most common is that you simply don't want to receive messages from people you don't follow.

Another good reason to turn off message requests is if your account is not private and many strangers send you direct messages. With a lot of people texting, it can get quite annoying trying to keep up with all the DMs.

How to disable requests for messages on Instagram

Now that we've covered what message requests are and why you might want to turn them off, let's show you how to do it:

  • Launch the Instagram app on your device.
  • Go to your profile.
  • Touch the hamburger icon to display the menu.
  • Select Settings .
  • Toccata Privacy and select Messages on the Privacy page.
  • On the Message Controls page, tap Others on Instagram and select Do not receive requests . Do the same for the others on Facebook .
  • You can also block your followers (who you're not following) from sending you message requests. Touch I your followers on Instagram and, again, select Do not receive requests .


As you can see, disabling Instagram message requests is a fairly straightforward process. Simply follow the steps we outlined above and you will be good to go.

Keep in mind, however, that this will only prevent other people from texting you directly. This does not prevent them from contacting you in other ways, such as through comments on your posts.

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