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Instagram introduced direct messaging in its app 10 Cool Tricks to Help You Use Instagram Like a Pro 10 Cool Tricks to Help You Use Instagram Like a Pro We're always covering the best awesome Instagram tricks and ideas. But I'm offering you ten tips and tricks I found that will specifically help turn you into a professional on the social network. Read More a while back, but did you know that there are four different ways you can do it?

Method 1: Text Messages

If all you’re looking for is to exchange messages, with or without pictures, with people you follow or who follow you, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to your home screen and tap the messages icon:
  2. If you’ve already received direct messages, you will see a list of previous conversations (right screenshot). To send a new message tap the + button in the top right corner. If you haven’t received direct messages (left screenshot), you can tap the + button or the Send Message link.
  3. Select a contact from the suggested list or search for the exact username of the person you want to DM.
  4. Tap the circle next to the person’s username and it should appear in the To: field on the screen. (If you want, you can add multiple users to create a group message.)
  5. Tap Next.
  6. In the window that opens up, you can write your message, send photos from your gallery or take a new photo with your camera.

Method 2: Existing Instagram Posts

If you want to share your own Instagram posts, or any other Instagram post you come across, in a DM, do the following.

  1. Navigate to the Instagram post you want to share
  2. Tap the Message icon underneath the image or video.
  3. Select or search for the username(s) you want to send the image to, and tap their icon(s).
  4. In the field that pops up, you can enter an optional message.
  5. Tap Send.

Method 3: Newly Uploaded Photos

You can also upload a photo to Instagram and go through the editing process you normally would to post it to your profile.

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  1. Tap the new upload button.
  2. Select the photo from your photo you want to share and tap next.
  3. If you want to, add filters and edit the photo, and tap next.
  4. On the final step where you can add a caption and hit the share button, tap the drop down menu at the top of the screen that says New Post and select Direct Message.
  5. Select or search for the username(s) you want to send the image to, and tap their icon(s).
  6. In the field that pops up, you can enter an optional message.
  7. Tap Send.

Method 4: Hashtags and Locations

You can also direct message an entire hashtag page or location page on Instagram.

  1. Navigate to the page for that hashtag or location.
  2. Tap the message icon in the top right corner.
  3. Select or search for the username(s) you want to send the image to, and tap their icon(s).
  4. In the field that pops up, you can enter an optional message.
  5. Tap Send.

Unfortunately, all of these methods work only on the mobile app — you can’t send direct messages from the official Instagram website in a browser.

Do you use Instagram’s direct messages? What do you find it most useful for? Let us know in the comments.

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