How to send Instagram Direct Message (DM) from Computer

Direct message, DM, is an option in the Instagram app that allows you to send private messages to Instagram users. In this post, I’m going to explain how to send/view DM on Instagram from the computer.

1. Google Chrome extension

In the previous post, I showed you how to download Instagram photos, videos, stories, and IGTVs using a Chrome extension. We use the same extension here to send an Instagram direct message from Chrome browser.

If you don’t have the extension, add “Downloader for Instagram” extension to your browser.

Log in to your Instagram account.

downloader for instagram chrome extension

On the top right corner click on the mobile icon (phone icon).

instagram mobile view

Click on the direct message icon (Instagram DM icon) on the top right corner of the pop-up window.

Instagram direct message

Continue previous chats or click on the plus icon (plus icon) to send a new message.

Instagram new direct message

Select someone or search for a name. You can select multiple names for a chat. Uncheck or double click on selected names to remove the names from the list.

Click on “Next” to send a message (Scroll up to see the “Next” button). You can attach an image or send a link.

2. Developer tools

In this method, we don’t need any extension. It can be done with any browser (Chrome, Firefox, …).

Log in to your Instagram account.

Right-click on Instagram page. Select Inspect (Inspect Element for Firefox) to open developer panel. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+I (Command+Option+I for Mac).

developer panel toolbar

On developer panel toolbar, click on the toggle device icon (toggle-device-toolbar). Or, press Ctrl+Shift+M (Command+Shift+M for Mac) to change the window size.

Refresh the Instagram page.

Like the first method, click on the direct message icon (Instagram DM icon) on the top right corner of the page.

Continue previous chats or click on the plus icon (plus icon) to send a new message.

Select someone or search for a name. You can select multiple names for a chat. Uncheck or double click on selected names to remove the names from the list.

Click on “Next” to send a message (Scroll up to see the “Next” button). You can attach an image or send a link.

Other options

– Another Chrome extension: Direct Message for Instagram

Windows Instagram App for Windows 10.

IG:DM, a free desktop application (Windows, Mac, and Linux).

– Android Device Emulators to install the Instagram Android app (x86) on your computer: BlueStacks, NOX Player, …

– Third-party application: Flume App (Mac).


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