How to hide Instagram direct message seen or read receipt

In this tutorial, we share a simple trick which allows you to hide Instagram direct message seen or read receipt. Instagram has a feature which helps to know whether a message has been read by the recipient or not. If for some reason you don’t want the sender to get the “Seen” when you read their Instagram Direct message then continue reading.

How to know if your Instagram Direct message is read?

You can easily know if someone has read your direct message on Instagram. If “Seen” appears below the message you sent then that means the recipient has read it, otherwise not.

Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen
Appears as Seen in a private conversation

Also, if there are multiple users in the conversation then an eye symbol will appear with the Instagram username who have viewed your message.

Instagram Direct Message Read Receipts
Username appears in a group conversation

Now, what if as a recipient of a message you do not want the Seen to appear when you read the message? Follow the steps below.

Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen

Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen

Similar to hide Seen in Facebook messages, there is no direct setting or option to hide Instagram messages read receipts and you need to follow the below workaround.

1. As soon as you receive the direct message, you will get Instagram push notification. Do not tap on it.

2. Open Instagram app and tap on Instagram Direct icon at top right corner.

3. Instagram Direct conversations will load. Do not open the conversation for which you want to hide the read receipt.

4. Turn Off WiFi or cellular data(disconnect from the Internet completely)

5. Now select and open the conversation where you want to read the message and at the same time don’t want to alert the sender with Seen receipt. You will be able to view the message.

6. Leave the conversation, quit Instagram app and switch on the Internet.

Sender won’t get Seen even though you read the message.

However, please note that as soon as you open the Instagram app with the Internet turned On, the sender will get the Seen under their message.

Earlier, apart from opening the App with Internet switched On, you could even use Instagram Direct with other users and still that particular user would not get Seen but not anymore with the latest Instagram update.

We wish you found this trick useful to hide Instagram Direct message seen. Share your thoughts in comments section below.

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6 thoughts on “How to hide Instagram direct message seen or read receipt

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for notifying this with your comment. With the latest Instagram update now Seen reflects as soon as you open the app with the Internet switched On. Previously, you could even use Instagram Direct with other users and still Seen would be hidden for that particular user.

  1. So what exactly is the point of this if the seen notification will appear next time you use Instagram online? You might aswell just read the message unless you intend on never using Instagram again.

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