Want to know how to edit Instagram messages after they have been sent? Let’s face it – we all have been in a situation when you make a typo or grammar mistake while writing a message in hurry only to realise our mistake later.
Editing messages after they have been sent is not a new concept. Many messaging apps like Telegram and iMessage on iPhone have been already providing this feature from a long time and recently WhatsApp has also added a similar feature.
In this article, we will discuss how to edit sent messages on Instagram. You will find out whether Instagram provides a feature as such to edit your messages after they are sent. If not, we will look at alternative solutions that can help you to fix your typos and grammar mistakes in Instagram messages. Let’s find out!
Does Instagram allow you to edit sent messages?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to edit a direct message on Instagram after it has been sent. Instagram does not have any feature for that as of now. However, there are some workarounds that you can use.
One of the easiest ways is to unsend the previous message and then resend a new message with corrections. If the message has already been seen by the recipient, you can use the asterisk symbol to mark your mistakes in the previous message.
Method 1: Unsend and resend the message
As you may already know, Instagram has a feature that allows you to unsend a direct message after it has been sent. You can use this feature to make corrections in your conversation by unsending and resending the message. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone.
- Tap the Messenger icon in the top-right corner to go to your Direct Messages.
- Open the chat where you want to edit a direct message.
- Long-press on the message. This will open up a pop-up menu on your screen.
- Select Unsend option. After this, your message will get deleted from the conversation.
- Now send a new message with corrections.
This method is particularly useful if the recipient has not seen your message. You will be able to edit your sent messages on Instagram without even letting the other person know.
Method 2: Use the asterisk to mark your mistakes
Now let’s consider a case where you have sent a message on Instagram and it has been already seen by the recipient.
If you made a mistake, it is not a good idea to unsend and resend that message as it can cause confusion in your conversation.
Another way to correct your typos and grammar mistakes in a direct message is by using the asterisk (*) symbol.
All you need to do is reply to your own message on Instagram by swiping it to the left and then write corrections with an asterisk symbol at the starting. (See example in the below picture)
The asterisk symbol will let the other person know that you have made some mistake in your previous message and the replied one is the correction. This will clear the context of your message without the need to unsend and resend it.
Frequently asked questions
When you unsend a message you’ve sent in a chat on Instagram, it gets deleted from both sides. However, it is important to note that you can only unsend messages that you’ve sent from your end, not from the other person.
Instagram does not notify the recipient when you unsend a message. The message will simply disappear from the conversation. However, it might be possible that the recipient has already seen your message via notification.
Unfortunately, Instagram does not have a built-in feature that allows you to edit a direct message after it has been seen by the recipient. The only way is to unsend the previous message and then resend a new message with corrections.
If you have unsend the message before it was seen by the recipient, there’s no way for the other person to see your old message. However, a person can also read Instagram messages without seen via notification and other methods.
Following the footprints of Telegram and WhatsApp, Instagram is working on the ability to add a feature that lets you edit direct messages after they have been sent. Until this feature is added officially, you can use the workarounds we have discussed in this article to edit sent messages on Instagram. Let us know if you have any questions regarding this topic. Stay tuned with us for more interesting articles.
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