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How To Read Instagram Messages Without Being Seen On Instagram App And Desktop?
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How To Read Instagram Messages Without Being Seen On Instagram App And Desktop?

All of us have seen a tiny ‘Seen’ sign pop up on the Instagram chat window when the person we text sees our message. Have you ever wanted to read their messages without letting them know that we have? This is a relatable feeling and we all want to do it, at some point.

How To Read Instagram Messages Without Being Seen

What if I told you that I have discovered ways to do this? It is much easier than you think. I’ve listed all the ways that can help you how to read Instagram messages without being seen on, both, your Instagram app and the website. Check this article out and you should be able to become the sneakiest texter on Instagram.

Methods to Read Instagram Messages Without Being Seen On Instagram App And Desktop

Methods to Read Instagram Messages Without Being Seen

The four easy procedures below should allow anyone who uses Instagram through the application or on the browser, to see the messages they received without letting the sender know it.

  1. The Notification Shade method
  2. Switching the Internet off to read the message
  3. Restricting the Sender on Instagram
  4. Third-party applications

Reading Instagram Messages without being seen on Instagram App

The Notification Shade Method

The easiest method to read someone’s message without them knowing is to use the notification shade to your advantage. For those who aren’t familiar with this, this is the section on your phone where you receive notifications from the apps installed. If notifications are enabled for Instagram, you should be able to see them when you receive Instagram messages.

Reading Instagram Messages without being seen on Instagram App

When you pull the notification shade down, you should be able to find your Instagram notifications. If there are more than seven messages, you will only be able to see the first part of the message. However, some User Interfaces (UI) allow you to expand the notification to allow reading all the messages.

Some devices may also have a character limit for their notifications, which will also be a hindrance while trying to read messages this way. This method comes in handy since Instagram does not have the feature to turn read receipts off like a few other platforms.

Just follow these steps to get check your notification on your mobile device –

– Pull the Notification shade down by sliding your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom.

– Pinch the Instagram notification with two of your fingers and pull them away from each other, to make a zooming motion on your screen. Some devices will require you to tap the notification and slide it down to expand it.

Pinch the Instagram notification with two of your fingers

If you aren’t able to see the notification in its entirety, your option is to go check the next solution we got for you.

Note: It is very important to be cautious while you do this. A small tap can open the chat window and make the Seen sign pop up on the sender’s screen.

Switching The Internet Off To Read The Message

Turning your internet off may sound like a plan to read the message without it being shown. It does work but without a slightly extended procedure, the Seen sign will still show up. Let’s start with disabling the internet first –

Switching The Internet Off To Read The Message

– Use the quick settings on your Notification shade to turn cellular data or Wi-Fi off on your mobile. You can also use the mobile settings to achieve the same. Another alternative for this is to enable the Flight/Airplane mode on your device.

– Launch the Instagram application and go to the Messages section here. The speech bubble icon on the top right corner of your screen should help you.

Launch the Instagram application and go to the Messages section

– Open the message window and read your message.

– Once you are done, return to your Instagram main page and tap on your profile’s display picture to open the Profile.

– Touch the hamburger menu on the upper right part of the screen. This will show you a pop-up with settings options. Choose the Settings option here.

return to your Instagram main page

– Scroll down to the last of the options and choose Log out.

Exit the Instagram application

– Exit the Instagram application and end the process as well, when you are successfully logged out.

– Finally, turn your network back on and log back into your Instagram profile.

This will not let the user know that you have seen their messages. You will find a couple of other alternatives below too.

Restricting The Sender On Instagram

One of Instagram’s newest features is the Restrict feature. In simple words, when you restrict someone on Instagram, your profile becomes invisible to the profile that got restricted. Originally, this wasn’t designed to see messages without leaving a trace but this is a bonus to the Restriction feature.

Use the steps below to restrict a user on Instagram –

– Open the Instagram application on your device.

– Go into the profile that you want to restrict. You can restrict them only if they follow you.

Restricting The Sender On Instagram

– Touch the Following icon with the drop-down menu and choose the Restrict option.

Read Massage Inkognito Instagram

– To confirm this, choose the Restrict account option.

– Once the account is restricted, choose the Message option. You should now be able to read the messages without letting the sender see them.

– To text them back, you will have to choose the Unrestrict option in the same page.

When a profile is restricted, the messages they send will be transferred to the ’Message Requests’ section on your Messages page. When you open the chat window, it will not be shown to the sender that you have seen their message even after you have. In addition to this, their notifications will also be muted so you will have to open the message page to check their messages.

Third-Party Applications

There are several third-party applications that will help you check messages without being seen. Though we are unaware of how far these applications work perfectly, we still are bringing them to your notice. You should be able to find these on the Google PlayStore or the iOS AppStore.

Reading Instagram Messages Without Being Seen On Your PC

The steps to read Instagram messages without being seen on your PC are the same as that of a mobile; Only the interface and the procedures differ. Check the steps we’ve listed below –

  1. System Notifications
  2. Turn the Internet Connection Off
  3. Restrict the Account to check messages
  4. Use Third-Party Software

System Notifications

Much like a mobile phone, there are notification features on your computer too. If they are enabled on your system, you should be able to read the messages you receive on your Instagram account without having to open the application or the website, through a browser, in the first place.

Reading Instagram Messages Without Being Seen On Your PC

Windows users should be able to see the notifications they receive on all enabled social media. This is in the form of an unprompted popup in the bottom right corner of you screen.

macOS users can see their notifications in the Notification center. This can be accessed with the right corner of your trackpad or in the top right corner of your screen.

Turn the Internet Connection Off

The trick we used above for read the messages without being seen on your mobile, can also be used to do the same on your computer. The procedure is a little different and you can use the steps below –

– Unplug the LAN cable or turn the WiFi toggle off in your computer. The WiFi can be turned off through the quick settings menu or the system settings itself.

Turn the Internet Connection Off

– Make sure that the Instagram website is open in your browser before the network is disabled.

– Now, choose the Messages page icon on the webpage and open the conversation window of the profile who’s a message you want to see.

– When you are done reading the message, click on the profile picture and choose the Log Out option.

– Exit the browser window and connect back to the network.

– When you see the network sign, log back into your profile.

Restrict the Account to check messages

The procedure to restrict an account on your browser is as follows –

– Open the page of the Instagram profile that you want to restrict.

– Click on the Three dots menu, which is located beside the profile’s name.

Restrict the Account to check messages

– From the pop-up options, choose the Restrict option. This will bring another pop-up up with details about the restriction feature.

Restrict option Instagram

– Click on the Restrict Account button to verify your decision.

several applications and mods for Instagram

– Then, open the messages section and read the message. If you choose to respond to the message, you will have to Unrestrict them again.

Use Third-Party Software

There are several applications and mods for Instagram on your application that allow you to read messages without notifying the sender. You should be able to find such apps on GitHub and other similar platforms. It is very important to choose the right one as some tools may not be allowed to integrate with your Instagram profile and can get it banned.

These are the different methods that you could use to stop an user from seeing that you have read their messages. You can also contact Instagram support for further queries.

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