It’s 2018 and Instagram still doesn’t allow you to Instagram DM online. Instagram users are still required to send, receive, and manage their inbox from their phone or tablet.
This isn’t a big deal if you slide into the occasional DM, but for larger users sending and receiving hundreds of DMs, being confined to the small screen and keyboard of your phone can be extremely annoying.
For these users, here’s how to Instagram DM online:
How to Instagram DM Online From Mac (and other desktops):
If you want to send Instagram DMs online with a Mac (or other desktops), you’re going to have to use a 3rd-party tool like TagScout.
Unlike other desktop messaging apps, TagScout doesn’t require any download to work. Simply visit the website, create an account, add your Instagram account, and you’re done.
Once you’re logged in, you will have full access to your Instagram inbox and be able to manage your DMs just as you would if you were on your phone. To give you a sense of how easy it is, have a peek at the 30-second video below:
With TagScout, you can:
- send messages
- respond to messages
- filter your inbox to show read, unread, or sent messages
- attach images to your DMs
- search for messages from individual channels
Plus, if you have one message that you’d like to send to a large number of your followers, you can even automate the process. Just craft your message, choose to whom you’d like to send the message to (new followers, a custom list of followers, etc.), hit “Start”, and TagScout will begin automatically sending out your message until it is sent to all desired recipients (or until you tell it to stop).
How to Instagram DM Online From Windows:
If you’re a Windows user, you’re in luck. Sending messages from your PC is way easier than sending messages from any other OS.
It’s as simple as downloading the official Instagram app from the Microsoft app store and following the instructions detailed in the video below.
While Windows users have the benefit of being able to use Instagram’s native app from their desktop, for those who want a more Gmail-esque way to organize their DMs, as well as the ability to send mass DMs to targeted groups of people on Instagram, TagScout is the way to go.
Instagram is following in Facebook’s footsteps and testing a standalone messaging app, so with any luck we can look forward to an official way to send Instagram DMs online sooner than later. Until then, however, we at least have the methods above.
Know a method or tool not explored above? Please share in the comments below!