How To Use Instagram Direct On PC or Mac: Use These Three Ways

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Have you ever thought to use or send Instagram Direct message from the computer? Well, if that is your requirement then I have a few solutions for you in this article.

This tutorial will share how to use Instagram Direct on PC or Mac.

If you are looking to send Instagram direct messages from the browser then follow send automated direct messages on Instagram. But this method is better in case you are sending automatic messages and not relevant to having a conversation. So, this post will share how can you have a conversation on Instagram Direct from the computer.

In case you’re totally new to Instagram, you might not know about Instagram Web. Apart from the Instagram app, you can use Instagram from your computer or smartphone browser as well.

Use Instagram Direct On PC, Mac, Or A Laptop

If you’re wondering how to send a DM on Instagram with a PC, you’ll be happy to know that it’s completely possible as of this writing.

Using A Browser (Video)

To access Instagram Direct from your computer, all you need to do is to open the Instagram website via your web browser, where the DM feature is accessible.

If you wish to see the video tutorial, scroll down; here are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Open your preferred web browser, like Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

2. Type in in the search bar.

Browser search bar

3. You’ll see the login screen. Simply enter your phone number, username, or email address, along with your password in order to access your account.

Instagram login screen

4. You’re now on the desktop version of Instagram. As you can see, it has most of the features that the mobile app has, including Instagram DM.

Desktop version of Instagram

5. On the upper right side of the screen, you can see a few icons. Click the second icon, which looks like a right-facing arrow. This will bring you to the Direct Messages screen.

Right-facing arrow

6. And that’s it! You can now send and receive messages on Instagram Direct. To send a message, just click the “Send Message” button.

Click the “Send Message” button

There are also other options for sending Instagram Direct messages by PC, such as using third-party apps or Instagram’s own desktop app for Windows. Sadly, there’s no Instagram app for Mac yet, so if you own a Mac, you’ll have to use a third-party app if you want to send Instagram DMs without using your browser.

Below, I’ve listed some of the best methods for sending DMs on Instagram, whether you’re on a PC or a Mac.

Check our video tutorial:

YouTube player

Instagram App For Windows 10

Instagram has an app on Windows Store. You can download it to your desktop from here. After you have installed it successfully open it and log in to your Instagram account as you would do on your phone.

When you sign in, you will be able to see your news feed. You can go to the Direct Message folder by clicking on the paper plane icon at the top right corner.

Instagram App for Windows 10

Under that, will be able to see all your conversations. Select the desired one and start chatting.

Instagram Direct on Windows 10 PC

This method will only work for users who are using Windows 10.

Bluestacks For Windows And Mac

1. Download Bluestacks which is software that acts as an Android device on your PC or Mac. We shared the same software for our earlier tutorial to install WhatsApp on PC.

2. Once the download completes, Install the software. It is an easy and straightforward process.

How to use Instagram Direct on PC

3. On completion of installation click Finish.

4. Wait for a few minutes and let it configure by itself. After that, you will get a welcome screen. Click on Right Arrow.

How to use Instagram Direct message on computer

5. Next, it will ask for a Google id. Enter your Gmail id credentials and proceed forward by clicking on the arrow at the right-hand side.

Use Instagram on PC

6.  When you’re done with all this setup, a screen similar to the one attached below will appear. Click on Search.

Use Instagram Direct on PC

7. Type Instagram in the search bar and click on the Instagram app icon when it shows up.

Search for Instagram in Bluestacks

8. You will be redirected to Play Store. Click on Install.

Install Instagram on PC using Bluestacks

9. The app will get Installed on your virtual Android device (Bluestacks)

10. After installation finishes, open the app. Click on Login at the bottom of the screen.

How to Use Instagram on PC

11. Enter your Instagram credentials and click Log in.

How to use Instagram Direct Message on computer

12. Instagram will open on your PC as it would open in Android app. Click on the Instagram Direct icon at the top right corner of the screen.

How to use Instagram Direct on PC

Now, enjoy sending Instagram Direct message on the computer.

Bluestacks might not be the best of the solutions but it’s certainly the best FREE way for using DM’s on macOS. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks then you can go for the paid app – “Direct Message for Instagram” on Mac App Store.

For Windows 10 users, using the official app is certainly the best bet.


Can You Access Instagram DM On A Computer?

Yes, you can access Instagram DM on a computer in various ways. You can use the browser version, the official Instagram app for Windows, or other third-party apps.

How To Access Instagram DM On Mac?

The simplest way to access Instagram DM on Mac is by using your browser. However, if you want to use an app, your only choice is a third-party app, as there is currently no official Instagram app for Mac.

Use Instagram On Your PC Or Mac!

It looks like Instagram keeps ramping up the functionality of the web app. For example, did you know that you can post on Instagram from a computer? or that you can go live on IG from a PC?

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  • Hemant Mendiratta

    Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

20 thoughts on “How To Use Instagram Direct On PC or Mac: Use These Three Ways”

  1. This is an outdated tutorial. It’s nice but again outdated. For Windows users, they can just download the Instagram app from the store which actually works pretty good. MacOs users, on the other hand, need to get this app called InstaDirect. It’s not the greatest messenger I’ve used so far but it gets the job done. BlueStacks should be the second option. Compared to these 2 apps, BlueStacks isn’t that smooth and it’ll only work best on something like the Lenovo yoga or something that can be used as a tablet too.

    • Hi Kailash,

      Thank you for your comment. I have updated the tutorial and now it has Instagram application method for Windows 10 users. However, on Mac, I could only find paid apps so Bluestacks still seems to be the best free method on macOS.

      Again, thank you for sharing the information.

  2. The official Instagram app is also available in the Microsoft Store for free on your PC. It supports messaging through Instagram Direct natively.

  3. hey, I cannot install Instagram. It said here that I have a troubleshooting problem but I have tried so many times but still cannot download it any other option?

    • Hi,
      If you are not able to install Instagram on Bluestacks then you may use the Instagram app for Windows 10. It has the option of DM officially.

  4. Can I log in with a Facebook account on it? As I only have Instagram linked to my Facebook and my phone is broken and I really need to access my direct messages!

  5. couldn’t install instagram was stuck at “installing” then message popped up saying instagram could not be installed.


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