Your Instagram has a HIDDEN inbox with messages you’ve probably never seen – here’s how to access them
YOU may have a goldmine of messages on Instagram that you’ve never read.
They’re tucked away in an obscure inbox that’s a little tricky to find, so we’ve put together a guide to help you access it.
The messages are from people who you don’t follow on Instagram, and are logged as “message requests”.
For some reason, the app doesn’t send you a notification when you get one – and they don’t appear in your default inbox.
Instead, they crop up in a special “message requests” folder.
To find it, first open up the Instagram app on your smartphone.
The messages are from people who you don’t follow on Instagram, and are logged as “message requests”[/caption]
Head to your direct messages by tapping the triangular icon at the top right of your screen.
If you have any message requests, they’ll appear under your search bar to the right of your normal DMs , with the title “[number] requests”.
Tap it to access your unread messages.
Clicking on the message requests will open the chat and allow you to accept or decline them.
You also have the option to block the sender’s account.
Instagram – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
Very much like browsing through your Facebook “Other” inbox, taking a peek at your Instagram DMs will probably unearth a few creepy messages.
A number of Instagram users have been left baffled about some of the odd messages they’ve received.
One Twitter user shared a screenshot of a stranger’s pool-side selfie that they’d sent direct to her Instagram inbox.
Another Instagram fan uploaded how a man reacted when she didn’t respond to his direct message, even though she doesn’t follow him back.
The man initially tried to woo her, gushing: “You are just so gorgeous.”
Sadly, when she didn’t respond, the irate Instagram user said: “Yeah ur f****** welcome a*******”.
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