Connecting with Private Accounts on Instagram: The Hidden Path to DMs

While users have more privacy options on social networks, many apps still provide ways to communicate with others, even when their accounts are set to private. Instagram, for example, allows you to send a direct message (DM) to a private account, even if you’re not connected. Here’s how:

To send a private message to an Instagram user, the easiest way is to follow them. Once you’ve done that, the option to contact them privately becomes available. You can send a DM or react to their posts. However, it becomes more challenging when the user has a private account, and you’re not connected.

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Nevertheless, there are some lesser-known tricks that can help you establish a connection with private accounts on Instagram. While not always the quickest or most direct method, they can be quite effective. Here’s how you can do it:

Sending a DM to a Private Account on Instagram:

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to send a message to a private Instagram account, provided the recipient hasn’t restricted messages from unknown contacts. Many users are unaware of this option.

  1. Search for the user: First, find the private account you want to message.
  2. Access their profile: Click on their profile to view it.
  3. Open the options menu: In the upper right corner, you’ll see three dots (or lines, depending on your device). Tap on these to access a drop-down menu.
  4. Select “Send message”: From the menu, choose “Send message.”
  5. Compose your message: A new screen will appear, allowing you to compose your message. It’s worth noting that once you send the message, you have up to 15 minutes to modify it.
  6. Wait for the recipient: The message will be sent, and you’ll need to wait for the recipient to access their message requests to see your message.


Message Requests:

Messages sent this way land in the recipient’s message requests folder. To access this folder:

  1. Go to Instagram Messages: Open the Instagram app and go to your messages.
  2. Find the “Requests” tab: At the top of your message list, you’ll see a tab labeled “Requests.”
  3. Access your message requests: Click on “Requests” to see all the requests you’ve received in recent weeks. This includes messages from users who wanted to contact you.

Please note that, in most cases, this is where you’ll also find messages from users attempting to add your account to large groups. It’s important to exercise caution and avoid engaging with unknown contacts in such groups, as they may violate Instagram’s policies and lead to your account being blocked.