THERE'S a clever way to read Instagram DMs without the other person knowing.
Several methods can do this – but one using an Instagram safety feature is by far the most effective.
Normally when someone sends a DM and you read it, they'll be alert.
You can switch this off, but that would affect all of your contacts – and so isn't ideal.
And it would also mean you can't see when people have read your messages.
However, you can get around this using Instagram's fairly new Restrict feature – which lets you read DMs without triggering the 'Seen' icon.
"They won't be able to see when you're online, or if you've read their messages," Instagram explains.
Of course, you'll have to put up with a few other changes relating to Restrict.
For a start, the person's new comments on your posts will only be visible to that person.
You can choose to see the comment by tapping See Comment.
And if you want others to be able to see their comment, you can tap Approve.
Alternatively, you can just delete it or ignore it.
You also won't receive any notifications for future comments from the Restricted person.
That's because this feature is designed to tackle bullying or harassment. However, it's also useful for Instagram sleuths who want to read messages in stealth mode.
How to Restrict someone on Instagram
To Restrict someone through DMs, tap the DM icon and enter the chat with the person you want to restrict.
Then tap the "i" icon in the top right of the chat, and tap Restrict > Restrict Account.
You can also Restrict someone through a comment on your post.
Find their comment and swipe left over it (iPhone) or tap and hold it (Android).
Then tap the "!" symbol and press Restrict > Restrict Account.
Alternatively, you can Restrict people through Settings.
Go to your profile and tap the icon that looks like three stacked lines.
Then tap Settings, then Privacy, and then Restricted Accounts.
Tap Continue and then search for the account that you'd like to Restrict.
Next, simply tap Restrict next to their username and the setting will be a activated.
The final way to Restrict someone is to do it through their profile.
Find their profile then tap the icon that looks like three dots (horizontally on iPhone or vertically on Android) in the top right.
Then simply tap Restrict > Restrict Account.
It's worth noting that the Restrict feature was only added to Instagram very recently.
So if you can't see it, make sure you've updated your Instagram app to the latest version on the App Store or Google Play Store.
The update isn't brand new any more, so it's unlikely that you're running a version of Instagram without it.
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