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How to send Instagram Direct message via PC | Social networks

Instagram users can use the computer to send messages and chat with friends on Direct. The social networking application for Windows 10 has had the function of private messages since it was launched in 2016. From then on, it has gained the same features as the mobile version. It is possible to share texts, links and images that self-destruct, in addition to controlling the notifications of groups and individual chats.

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Users of older systems, such as Windows 7, can use third-party apps to access Instagram Direct, or use Android emulators, such as Bluestacks, to send private messages over the social network. With these alternatives, it is possible to communicate on the platform without needing a cell phone and taking advantage of the physical keyboard to type. See how to download and use the Instagram app on Windows 10 PC.

How to view Instagram Direct messages from your PC

How to view Instagram Direct messages from your PC

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Step 1. Open Start and click on the Microsoft Store icon, the official Windows store. If the shortcut is not available, you can easily find the app through a manual search;

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Open the Windows 10 store on the PC Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Search for Instagram in the store's search field;

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Find the official Instagram app for Windows 10 Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Install the app on the computer. After installation, the shortcut will be available at the top of the Start Menu;

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Install Instagram on PC Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 4. Press Enter at the bottom of the window;

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Log into Instagram using your social network account Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 5. Enter your Instagram username and password to login;

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Enter your details to login Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 6. If two-step login is active on your account, the social network will send an SMS message with an authentication code to your cell phone. Enter the PIN to proceed;

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Insert the code received on the cell phone into accounts with two-step authentication Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 7. Direct works just like on Instagram for mobile. Tick ??the paper airplane icon to access your conversations;

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Access Direct on Instagram for PC Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 8. When opening a message, click the button on the left side to open the camera and send self-destructing photos or videos. On the right side, the image button leads to common media sharing;

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Send images from the camera or computer file Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 9. To use the PC webcam on Direct, click on the links on the screen to grant access to the microphone and camera;

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Grant permissions requested by Instagram Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 10. In conventional media sharing that is already on the PC, press the arrow next to Camera roll to see your computer's folders.

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Access computer folders that contain images to share Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves