How To Star And Filter Instagram Direct Messages

Last Updated: October 3, 2018

Instagram is used by over a billion users as of July 2018. And there is a large ratio of users that are using Instagram Direct to communicate.  Within a week your DM section can be flooded by excessive messages from your followers. You can easily lose important conversations among a lot of automated and other insignificant messages. To take care of this, Instagram rolled out a feature where you can star crucial conversations and then filter them when required. This guide explains how you can star and filter Instagram Direct Messages on Android and iOS.

I was able to find starred messages and filter feature only for business accounts. So, if you are not able to find them then probably that’s the reason. Now then, let’s get started.

The screenshots used here are from the Android app but iPhone users won’t feel any major difference.

Star Conversations On Instagram

1. Open the Instagram app and go to the DM section by tapping on the paper plane icon at the top right.

Instagram Direct Messages

2. Now, select the conversation of the person that you wish to mark as starred. When inside the conversation tap on the star icon at the top to the left of video call option.

Star and Filter Instagram Direct Messages

Alternatively, when you are on the first screen where all the conversations are listed, tap and hold the conversation you want to star. Then select Star from the Menu.

Star Instagram Messages

This will make the conversation starred. Similarly, you can star other conversations.

You can anytime unstar a message by following the same steps but select Unstar this time.

Now, how does marking conversations as starred help you in finding them easily? The answer is – by filtering messages. Here’s how you can do it.

How To Filter Instagram Direct Messages?

1. Go to Instagram Direct Messages folder.

2. Next, tap on the filter icon that is present at the right-hand side of the search bar.

Filter Messages on Instagram Direct

3. In the menu that appears, select Starred.

On the next screen, only your starred messages will be shown so you can easily find important conversations.

There is also the option to filter by Unread messages if you want to make sure you haven’t missed reading or replying to a critical message from someone.

The star and filter Instagram direct messages is a useful addition for business accounts who are collaborating, providing customer service or partnering with other accounts. They can quickly filter the messages that matter and address to them. Is this something that is useful for you? Drop a comment down below and let us know.


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