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How to Turn off Instagram Message Requests on Android and iPhone

When someone whom you don’t follow on Instagram tries to send you a message, it goes to a separate “Message Requests” section in your Instagram inbox. We all see that a lot of spam messages and other many fake accounts try to send us messages and all those go to that request section as a result, we see an unread notification on the messenger icon, which leads to confusion. So, if you do not want any such messages in your inbox, here’s how you can completely turn off Instagram message requests.

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Turn-off Instagram Message Requests

When Facebook integrated its Messenger with Instagram DMs, it brought many new features to the platform including chat themes, custom emoji reactions, etc. This also brings the ability to disable message requests from unknown persons.

In order to turn off the message requests feature on Instagram, you can follow the below-mentioned steps:

1. Open the updated Instagram app on your Android smartphone or iPhone.

2. Now, tap the Profile picture in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

3. It takes you to your profile page and here tap the three lines menu in the top-right corner and from the pop-up menu choose the “Settings” option from the bottom.

4. In “Settings”, tap on “Privacy” and then look for the “Messages” option.

5. Now, scroll down and find the “Other People” section and choose “Others on Instagram” from here.

6. Under this section, tap on the “Don’t Receive Requests” option and then exit the Settings by tapping back.

That’s it! This is how you can turn off Instagram message requests from random strangers. Once you enable this, only those who you follow on Instagram or who are in your contact book will be able to send you messages.

If any stranger messages you, you won’t even get a notification. Also, neither you will see the message in your inbox’s Requests section. While the strangers who are trying to text you will see an error message saying “The user can’t receive your message”.

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Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.