Does Instagram Notify When You Unsend A Message?

As Instagram continues to evolve, so do its features and functionalities. Instagram users are offered new ways to engage with each other through messaging, among other features.

But how about instances where you send a message in error or you change your mind about the message and you decide to unsend it? You may wonder if the person on the other end is going to know that you deleted or unsent the message.

In this article, I’ll discuss the Instagram unsend feature and answer the message; “does Instagram notify you when you unsend a message?”

In short; NO, Instagram does not notify the other user when you unsend a message you had previously sent them. The message simply disappears.

The Instagram ‘unsend’ message feature 

The Instagram unsend message feature stands out as a discreet tool that allows users to retract their messages and remove them from both the sender’s and the recipient’s chat history. 

Once unsend is hit, there will be no trace of this message. This allows users to manage their digital footprints to their satisfaction.

Benefits of the unsend feature

Here are some instances where the Instagram unsend message feature comes in handy:

  • To correct typos; we’ve all experienced that moment of panic after sending a message with a typo or autocorrect mishap. 

The unsend feature allows you to quickly correct these errors without the need for a follow-up correction.

  • In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to send a message on impulse that you might regret later. 

With the unsend feature,  you can retract this message, hopefully before it is seen.

  • As most of us know, it can be very embarrassing and problematic to send a message to the wrong person

For example, if you send a personal message to the wrong contact or accidentally share sensitive information, you can prevent potential misunderstandings or privacy breaches by simply unsending the message.

  • Oftentimes, the situation or the context of a message may change; in this case, the unsend feature will allow you to adapt your communication in response to new information or developments, ensuring that your messages remain relevant and appropriate.

You also have the opportunity to clarify or rephrase a statement to ensure that the intended meaning of your message is accurately conveyed.

  • For privacy control; we all value our privacy, don’t we? The unsend feature can be a valuable tool for managing the information we share and ensuring that only intended recipients have access to specific messages.

How do you unsend a message on Instagram?

If you send a message you realise maybe it was the wrong message or it has a typo or you sent the message to the wrong person, or maybe you have just changed your mind about what you had said in the message, you can unsend it.

Simply open the chat and long press on that particular message and from the options that pop up, select Unsend, your message will immediately disappear, from both sides.

Unsend a message on Instagram


While the message will disappear after you unsend it, if the recipient has already seen it, they have seen it, and you can’t undo that. So you have to delete the message fast before it is seen.

Does Instagram notify when you unsend a message?

Unlike other social media platforms where unsending a message is “announced” to the other user, on Instagram, unsending a message is like you never sent it in the first place.

This preserves a sense of privacy and offers users the ability to revise their digital expressions without causing undue attention (most times).

The recipient will not be notified that you have unsent a message, they will not even know that you sent it at all unless they have already seen the message.

Either way, whether they had seen the message or not, there will be no record of that message in your chat or theirs.

Note that unsent messages can still be reported. If the recipient reports the conversation or chat within 14 days, the unsent messages are still included in the report by Instagram.

Instagram unsent message report


What is the time limit for you to unsend a message on Instagram?

When the unsend message feature had just come into play on Instagram, there was a time limit of 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the unsend option disappeared. 

However, that does not seem to be the case anymore. I can unsend messages hours after sending them so for now, there is no more time limit..

Can the unsend feature be disabled?

No, the Instagram unsend feature is a built-in function and there is no option to disable it. You can only choose whether to use the feature or not.

Will the other person know if I delete a message on Instagram?

When you delete or unsend a message on Instagram, it will disappear from both your chat and the recipient’s. 

The recipient will not be notified that you have deleted a message so if they have not seen it yet, they will not know that you had even sent a message.

However, if they had seen the message and then it disappeared from their chat, of course, they would know you deleted it.

Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a message?

No, Instagram does not notify the other user when you take a screenshot of a chat or a message. 

When you unfollow someone on Instagram do DMs disappear?

No, unfollowing someone on Instagram only affects the following relationship, it does not impact your messages or DMs. 

So when you unfollow someone, your pre-existing DMs remain intact, they do not disappear.

How do you know if someone has seen your Instagram message?

When you send a message and the recipient sees it, there will be an indicator right below the message that they’ve seen it, or when they saw it.

Instagram message notification
Instagram message notification


In conclusion, Instagram’s unsend message feature emerges as a symbol of user empowerment and privacy. It allows users to shape their digital narratives with a touch of subtlety and control.

However, keep in mind that this feature is time-sensitive in a way that it will only be effective if used IMMEDIATELY after sending the message before the other party sees it.

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Grace is an Editor at GoTechUG and she has written many articles about website design and social media. She has experience in IT and loves to tinker with anything to do with computers. In her spare time, she loves music, movies, reading books, and learning Spanish.

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