Instagram has over a billion monthly active users, but it still doesn’t provide a DM (Direct Message) feature on Instagram PC. If you’re an active Instagram user on mobile, you might be wondering, why doesn’t Instagram develop a DM feature on PC? But, no, you can do that easily. Here’s how to DM on Instagram PC.
It’s not clear the reason behind this. Perhaps Instagram just wants to make everyone who uses Instagram, use it on mobile only. But the most obvious reason that most people know is that Instagram on the mobile app can show ads better than Instagram PC does. It is not worth it for a simple social media like Instagram want to release its complete feature on Instagram PC.
If this is the first time you use Instagram PC, you might be wondering, can you DM on Instagram PC? The simple answer is: that you officially don’t. But, with some tweaks on your web browser, especially if you use Chrome, you can DM someone on your Instagram PC.
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How to DM on Instagram PC using a Simple Google Chrome Extension
This is probably the easiest method you can do to DM someone on Instagram PC. Using Google Chrome extensions you can enhance your browsing experience, especially if you use one of the best Chrome extensions. One of the advantages you get is that you can DM on Instagram PC using those extensions the easiest way possible.
One of the best, and probably the only Chrome extension that allows you to DM someone on Instagram PC is Direct Message for Instagram. It has been used by over 400K users and gained many good reviews. You can download the extension from the link below:
Now, install that Chrome extension right from the link above. Click Add to Chrome to install that extension.
Now, click Add extension to start downloading and installing Direct Message for an Instagram extension.
Chrome will then download that extension, and install it automatically.
Once done, you will see a message showing “Direct Message for Instagram has been added to Chrome”. This means the extension has been installed, and you can DM someone on your Instagram PC using this simple extension. To use the extension to DM someone, just click that DM button on the extension page.
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A new window would show up. It will show you an Instagram login form. Don’t worry, it is safe to log in to your Instagram account here since the extension uses the official Instagram login page. Enter your username and password, then click Log in.
If you really use the DM feature on Instagram PC for regular use, you can click Save Info to remember your login. This is not recommended, and even dangerous if you use a shared PC or public PC that is also used by other people.
Now, you can DM someone on Instagram PC right away. You can jump to someone’s Instagram profile, and click Message to DM that person. You can also access the DM feature by tapping the button on the homepage.
By default, this Instagram extension will use a smartphone resolution that is tied in a different Chrome window, and you can drag that window everywhere without interrupting your work on the Chrome browser. You can also use the extension to see through your Instagram feed, see explore, and everything else just like Instagram on your Android phone or iPhone.
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How to DM Someone on Instagram PC with User-Agent Switcher Extension on Chrome
There’s another Chrome extension that can function the same way just like the Direct Message for an Instagram extension. It is a user-agent switcher extension that can bypass websites to show on different devices and browser versions. You can choose widely from Internet Explorer, iOS Safari, Android Chrome, Windows Phone Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari itself.
This means you can DM on Instagram PC with this extension by choosing any kind of web browser. This extension also allows you to access any website to show its mobile version, not just Instagram DM.
To use this extension, just click Android > Android KitKat, or possibly any device version you want to show Instagram DM on PC.
You can also choose iOS to send DM on Instagram PC, and then choose iPhone 6 to make the Instagram website on your computer look like the Instagram website on iPhone 6.
You can also choose an iPad to show the Instagram website a little larger.
You can practically do everything on Instagram with this extension, not just using the DM feature. This Chrome extension is free to use and has been used by over a million users.
How to DM on Instagram PC without Extension (on Chrome or Safari)
If you don’t want to use the Chrome extension to send DM to someone on Instagram PC, you can do so by using these methods. These methods can be applied on almost any web browser, from Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Google Chrome, and Safari if you use Mac.
To use the DM feature on Instagram PC, just open the Instagram website on your Chrome browser, right-click on any element then click Inspect.
Now, Google Chrome will show you inspect element tool. This tool also offers a feature to use the website in the mobile version, which is mainly used by web developers. Click on the phone icon that says Toggle device toolbar.
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It will instantly change the appearance of your Instagram website. But, this isn’t done yet. You have to reload the Instagram website to apply the change.
Now, you can send DM on Instagram PC on your browser there. You can start messaging people on Instagram directly through their profile.
Now, you can use the DM feature on Instagram PC directly without having to use any Chrome extension.
If you use Mac, here’s how to DM on Instagram PC in Safari using an almost similar method:
Open the Instagram website and log in to your account in Safari.
Now, click Safari in the menu bar, and select Preferences.
Now, check Show Develop menu in menu bar.
Then, click Develop.
Now, select User Agent, and then choose iPhone.
That’s it. Now, Instagram on Mac will look like Instagram on iPhone, and you can send DM on Instagram from your computer easily.
Instagram has a DM feature on its mobile app, on Android and iPhone. But Instagram still hasn’t released an official DM feature you can use on Instagram PC. You can send DM on Instagram PC by doing the above methods, and you don’t have to manually switch from computer to your smartphone only to check your Instagram DM, especially when you’re working on your PC.
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