How To Quick React/Reply To Instagram Stories, Direct

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Instagram Stories has become more popular than Snapchat in no time and it was Snapchat from which the feature was originally taken. The main reason behind the rapid growth of Instagram is that they frequently add latest and engaging features. I mean it’s one social media app that gets a lot of updates compared to others. Speaking of updates, here are a few more. Similar to reactions on Facebook posts and comments, the parent company, introduced the same for the stories in their popular media sharing app – Instagram.

If words, photo or video are not enough to convey your feelings for a story then you have one more option. It is possible to react to Instagram Stories of the people you follow and like the reaction if desired. In case you’re not able to react to others stories then we have listed the reason for that and how you too can prevent reactions on your story. Besides that, we also cover quick replies feature here which is a faster way to respond to messages on Instagram Direct.

You can jump directly to Quick Reply on Instagram Direct section later in the article if you are looking only for that by clicking here. Otherwise, continue reading about the story reactions first.

Reply To Instagram Story With A Reaction

Update to the latest version of Instagram and jump to the following steps.

1. Open the Instagram app and in the story tray at the top, tap on the Story avatar of the person/account whose story you want to view as usual.

2. When you open the story, you can either tap on the Send message box or swipe up from anywhere in the screen.

React To Instagram story

3. This will give you 8 reactions to choose from. Clap, Laugh, Love, Wow, Sad, & Fire/Lit, Perfect and Celebration. Tap on the desired one to react. Once you do that the screen will be showered with the emoji reaction you chose like confetti.

Reply to Instagram Story with a reaction

Important: There will be no quick reactions or they won’t work if they have disabled replies to their story. More information about this later in the article.

4. As an owner of the story, you will get a push notification from Instagram telling that xyz user reacted to your story with the reaction smiley. Later you can also find the reaction in the DM section.

View Reactions on your instagram story

How To Like A Reaction On Instagram Story?

You can also like someone’s reaction to your story. To do that, simply open the conversation and double tap on the message that shows the reaction to your story. How to like a reaction on instagram story In the same way, you can also like any other messages in the conversation if required. Be careful that you don’t single tap on the reaction message as that will open the story and not like the reaction.

When you like a reaction, the other person gets a notification for the same and they can also see that in the DM as well. The reaction message will have a heart icon with the person’s profile pic avatar next to it indicating that they have liked your reaction.See if someone liked your reaction

As I mentioned earlier, if you don’t get quick reactions for someone’s stories then they have disabled message replies on their stories. If you wish you can also do so. Here’s how.

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Disable Message Replies Or Reactions On Instagram Stories

1. Open the Instagram app and tap on the profile icon at the bottom right to navigate to the profile screen.

2. Select the hamburger icon at the top right and select Settings.

Instagram menu

3. Next, tap on Privacy and Security and then select Story Controls.Instagram story controls

4. Now, in Allow Message Replies section select Off if you wish to turn off replies for everyone or select People You Follow to disable message replies from the people you don’t follow while keeping the replies for others turned on.Disable Message Replies on Instagram story After doing this, users won’t get the option to send a message or react while viewing your story.

Stop Replies on Instagram Stories
Send Message option will no longer appear when someone views your Story

For already uploaded stories, the above method will work. Apart from this, you will have more ways to get to this Story Settings screen for an existing story.

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Block Replies On An Already Uploaded Instagram Story

1. Open your Instagram story by tapping on your profile picture or by tapping on your story avatar in the stories section at the top of the news feed.

2. Under your story, you have two ways to get to the Story Settings.

  • Either tap on the 3 dots icon at the bottom right and select Story Settings.

Stop Message Replies on Uploaded Instagram Story

  • Or Swipe upwards while you have your story opened and select gear icon(Settings) at the top left corner.

Disable Replies on Existing Instagram Story

Under the Story Settings screen, follow step 4 from the above method.

You can always turn on the message replies or reactions later from the same Story Settings screen as and when desired.

Now, let’s look at how you can use quick replies in Instagram messages which is another quick way to respond like quick reactions for stories.

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How To Use Quick Replies On Instagram Direct

Quick reply is a feature that lets you type repetitive messages faster. It achieves that by allowing you to assign a shortcut or a word for a particular message. So when you type the shortcut, the complete reply will pop-up automatically and tapping on it once will give you the complete response. But there’s a catch it is only available for business accounts. So, for all the business account holders, here are the steps you can follow to set up or create and use quick replies.

Create Quick Reply

1. Launch the Instagram app and go to your profile screen. After that, tap on the hamburger menu icon and select Settings.Instagram Business settings

2. Next, tap on Business.

3. Under Business, select Quick Replies.Create Quick Reply Instagram direct

4.  Now, tap on + icon at the top right to add a quick reply.

5. The next screen gives you fields to type the message and the corresponding shortcut for it. Provide the necessary information and once done tap on the tick mark icon at the top right to save it.use Quick reply in Instagram message

Similarly, you can create multiple replies as required by following the same steps.

Now, to see them in action go to any conversation and type the shortcut. Doing this, it will automatically show you a blue reply icon, tap on it and it will type the complete message (set in quick reply) for you. You may edit it or send it as it is by tapping on Send.Quick Reply on instagram direct

Personally, at the time of updating the article, the quick reply message icon didn’t appear while typing the shortcut on Android while it worked like a charm on iPhone. In this case, users can also access the quick reply by tapping on the + icon in the message field and then select the reply icon to see all the created replies. After that, tap on the desired one to use or type it.Use Quick reply to respond on Instagram

It is possible to edit existing replies by going to the Quick Replies section and then select the desired reply. Tapping on it will allow you to edit the shortcut and message for the same. You will also get the option to Delete Quick Reply at the bottom of this screen.Edit or delete Quick reply

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Reactions bring another interesting way to engage with stories. Not only is it cool but is surely a quicker way to express your feelings. Same can be said for quick replies in Instagram messages. They not only are faster but also eliminate the need for typing the same messages over and over again. Isn’t it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Hemant Mendiratta
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