How To Reply to a Specific Message on Instagram

When you reply to a message on Instagram, you reply to the entire conversation. A conversation on Instagram direct message always contains multiple or more messages, and when you reply, it can cause misunderstanding as the recipient doesn’t know which message you reply to.

This post will help you learn how to reply to a specific message on Instagram. This method can be done on other messaging apps or services like WhatsApp, just with a different user interface. You can reply to a particular message both on Instagram on Android and iPhone, as well as the PC or web version using a web browser.

How to reply to a specific message on Instagram

You can reply to a specific message on Instagram on PC or the mobile app. This post provides you with examples for both devices.

Reply to a specific message on the PC

Open Instagram on your web browser and sign in to your Instagram account. Open the Instagram direct message by clicking the icon at the top. It will load conversations you have on Instagram direct message. Click the conversation you want to reply to.

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To that specific message, move your mouse to that message to hover it, and select the reply button on the right side of the emoji button.

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Type your reply to reply to that specific message. You’ll see that message attached above to your reply. When you click Send, that attached message will also show on the conversation. The recipient knows you reply to that specific message.

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You will see a label that says “You replied” above the specific message you were replying to, as well as your reply below it.

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If you wish to change which specific message you want to reply to, you can click the X or close button above the Send button. Then find another message you want to reply to.

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Reply to a specific message on Instagram on Android or iPhone

Instagram has the Android and iPhone versions. Although this post uses the Android version as an example, you can reply to a specific message on both versions using the same method.

Open the Instagram app. Open the direct message (DM) feature. Open the conversation you want to reply to. To reply to a specific message, long-tap that message until you see more options.

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Tap the Reply button to attach that particular message to your reply.

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Type your reply and click the Send button. That specific message will be attached to your reply once you send it. If you wish to change which message you want to reply to, tap the button and long-tap another message you would like to reply to.

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After you send the reply, you’ll see a label that says “You replied” above that specific message you reply to, and your reply below it. You can also delete a message you have sent if you wish to remove it from the conversation.

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Can’t reply to a specific message? Try updating your Instagram app

Some Instagram users reported that they can’t reply to a specific message. This might be caused by the outdated Instagram app they’re using. To be able to reply to a specific message, you have to update the Instagram app. There are two ways to do so:

Update from the Instagram app

When first launching the feature that lets you reply to a specific message, users were required to update the feature directly from the app. If you use an outdated Instagram app, you can update it by doing the following steps.

Open the Instagram app. Open your profile. Select the hamburger menu. Click Settings. Select Update messaging. Select the Update button.

Update Instagram from Play Store or App Store

You can update Instagram from the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iPhone). Search the Instagram app, and update the app by clicking the update button if there’s an update available.

Once you have updated the app, you should be able to long-tap a message to reply to.

Try sign out of your Instagram app, then sign in again

You can’t reply to a specific message on Instagram probably because of the app’s bugs, and this can be tricky to solve. However, you can always try to sign out of the Instagram app and then sign in again to see if it solves the issue.


Instagram allows you to reply to a specific message to give more clarity when you conversate with other Instagram users as they know which message you reply to. You can do it on Android, iPhone, and PC or the web version of Instagram.

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