How to direct message on Instagram from PC [Easy Guide]

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  • To send Instagram direct messages on PC, you have to emulate a smartphone using the Inspect window or by using an Android emulator.
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how to direct message on Instagram from PC

Wondering how you can send Instagram direct messages on Chrome/PC? When it comes to the Instagram app, you can send direct messages right from the user’s profile.

Unfortunately, on a desktop PC, you can’t post content, and there’s no direct messages button available.

Because Instagram was built to be used on smartphones, the ability to send messages from PC has not been implemented. The company has yet to change this, but there are a few tricks that will enable you to do so.

You can either use a Google Chrome trick, or you can make the Instagram servers identify your PC as a smartphone by using an Android emulator.

In today’s guide we will discuss both these options, so make sure to read through the entirety of this guide.

How can I send Instagram direct messages from my PC?

1. Using the Inspect Element on Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome web browser.
  2. Right-click on the page and select Inspect.inspect-instagram-direct-message-chrome-pc
  3. Click on the Toggle Device Toolbar on the top left-hand corner of the Inspect window.
  4. Continue clicking the Toggle Device Toolbar until the screen displays like a smartphone.
  5. Visit the Instagram website.
  6. Close the Inspect window by clicking the X at the top right corner.
  7. Visit the page of the user you want to contact and click the DM button as you normally would while using the Android app.

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2. Emulate an Android smartphone


Another method of sending Instagram direct messages on your PC is by making use of an Android emulator. These tools allow you to run Android apps on your computer.

With an Android emulator, you can install any Android app via the Play Store or its APK file and run the app as you would on a smartphone.

BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator that will let you send Instagram direct messages on your PC.

To explore this subject further, check out our best Android emulators list and how to use them.

To send Instagram direct messages on PC (Chrome), you don’t need a complex tweak.

All you have to do is emulate a smartphone. You can emulate the device either using the Toggle Device Toolbar in the Inspect window or by using an Android emulator.