Instagram has a messaging feature that allows you to select a particular message and send a targeted reply to such messages. The reply feature is a comparatively recent addition to the social media platform compared to Facebook’s Messenger app.
As of the most recent version of Instagram, replying is still not possible on every browsing medium, including web browsers for mobile devices. For your convenience, this article explains possible methods to reply in an Instagram chat in easy-to-understand steps.
How to Reply in Instagram Chat?
You cannot reply to an Instagram chat through the notification bar or other external ways. Furthermore, you need to open a specific chat with the Instagram user or the group with your target message to reply. You can follow the steps mentioned below.
- Open Instagram on your phone.
- Tap on the chat icon at the top right corner of the screen. Or swipe from right to left on the screen.
- Tap on the preferred user.
- Tap and hold on to the message you want to reply to.
- Tap on Reply at the bottom. Or tap on the message and swipe to the right.
- Type your message in the message box and tap on Send.
The steps mentioned above work the same for the Instagram app on Android, iOS and Instagram Lite.
On Desktop Browser
- Open Instagram and click on the message icon.
- Click on the target user.
- Click on the left arrow icon next to the message you want to reply to.
- Type in your message in the message box.
- Press Enter to send or click on Send.
When you press the reply button or the reply icon, the target message appears above your textbox. If you decide to send the reply as a normal message, you can tap on the X next to the target message before you hit send.
Furthermore, Instagram regularly updates its application and interface to improve its user experience. Due to this, the chat reply button may not be accessible in the same way as mentioned above.
Is It Possible to Reply Instagram Chat on a Mobile Browser?
The reply option is not available to you if you use the web version of Instagram on your mobile browser. When you tap and long-press the target message, you’ll only get options to Copy the text, Report, or Cancel.
How Do I Reply to a Chat in Instagram Group Chat?
The method to reply to an Instagram chat is the same for Group chats and individual replies. For both the desktop browsers and the Instagram mobile app, you can follow the method mentioned above to reply to such chats. However, you cannot reply to two separate chats at the same time.
Can I Reply to My Own Message on Instagram Conversation?
Similar to other users’ messages, you can reply to your own messages on an Instagram conversation as well. Just click on the reply icon next to your own message that appears on your browser.
For chats on the Instagram app, you need to swipe right-to-left instead of left-to-right on the target chat bubble. Or, you can long press on the message as well.
Can I Reply to a Chat With a Voice Message or Multimedia Message?
You cannot reply to an Instagram message with a voice message or multimedia message containing posts or reels. You can only send text replies to such messages. However, the process of replying to a multimedia chat or a voice message is the same as replying to a normal text message.