How to Recover Deleted Instagram Messages?

How to Recover Deleted Instagram Messages?

Let’s admit it, accidents do happen. Be it in real life or a digital one, they exist. And today we are going to talk about a digital accident that often happens to everybody in their day-to-day life. Yes, we are talking about accidentally deleted Instagram messages.

Sometimes, deleting an Instagram message can be annoying, especially when the message holds important information or carries a sentimental value to you.  So, today in this blog, we will get to know about how to recover deleted Instagram messages.

So, let’s get started.

Instagram Message Recovery: Recover Those Deleted Messages

First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room before we dive into the recovery process. Instagram doesn’t have a built-in “undo” button for deleted messages. When you delete a message on Instagram, it’s not instantly wiped from their (Instagram) server.

This means that there is time to retrieve them once they are deleted, before disappearing forever. But depending on how far back you removed them and if you ever made any backups at all, there are some possibilities. Let us explore the various ways in which we could recover our Instagram messages.

Can You Recover Deleted Instagram Messages for Real?

Unfortunately, it can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. Therefore these are few points to remember:

  • Instagram does have a feature called “Recently Deleted” for posts, stories, reels, and IGTV videos but not messages. So, if you’re hoping you’ll find some magic ‘recovery’ button for deleted messages on Instagram app then, unfortunately, there is none.
  • On the other hand, there are loads of Instagram message recovery apps and websites stated to be your one-stop shop for retrieving lost Instagram messages. The truth is this: these tools usually don’t work well enough and are often run by scam artists. They may ask for your credentials thus compromising your security on the photo-sharing platform as well as others like Facebook who own it. Furthermore, Instagram doesn’t provide any official APIs (application programming interfaces) for data recovery so these apps cannot access your deleted messages in the first place.

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Anyhow, let’s take a look at how you can perform Instagram message recovery via a couple of methods –

Method 1: Perform Instagram Data Recovery

 The first thing you should do to recover your deleted Instagram message is download your Instagram data. Instagram allows its users to download their Instagram account data in which you can also find your deleted messages. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Request the Data from Instagram

  • Open your Instagram account and open your profile.
  • From there, tap on the hamburger icon from the top-right corner (In Android smartphones) of your screen.

hamburger icon

  • Now tap on Your activity.

Your activity

  • Scroll down and tap on Download your information.

Download your information

  • Tap on Download or transfer information.

transfer information

  • Pick or choose your profile if you are running two or more accounts Tap on Next.

tap on next

  • Choose the type of information you want to download. Choose between All available information or Some of your information.

Some of your information

  • Now again choose between Download to device or Transfer to destination. Tap on Next.

Download to device

  • Then select the range of your data, format, and quality and tap on Create files.

Create files

You will then receive an email from Instagram with all your data within 48 hours.

Step 2: Now Access your Data

  • Once you get the mail from Instagram, tap on it and log in to your account if asked.
  • Now download your data. The data will be in the form of a zip folder.
  • Extract the data and look for the file labeled as json. In this file, you will find your Instagram messages.
  • Open it with the help of a text editor or a browser.

And voila! You can now scroll through all your Instagram messages, even deleted ones.

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Method 2: Utilization Notification History Feature

If you are an Android 11 or above user, then in this case you can use Android’s Notification History feature to perform Instagram message recovery.

If you had Instagram notifications enabled and this feature turned on before the messages were deleted, you can use this feature to view the deleted Instagram messages. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your Android phone’s settings.

Step 2: Tap on Notifications.

Tap on Notifications

Step 3: Choose Advanced settings.

Advanced settings

Step 4: Now tap on Notification history.

Notification history

Step 5: Scroll down and tap on the Instagram option.

instagram option

Now you can access all your previous Instagram messages here, even the deleted ones.

Note: Keep in mind that only the messages you received will show up in the Notification History; the messages you send won’t be saved there.

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So, this is how you can get back or recover deleted Instagram messages. With the help of the above-mentioned methods, you can perform Instagram data recovery without needing a third-party tool or app. But still, you want to use third-party apps, there are lots of them on the internet.

You can try, but tread with caution. So, what are you waiting for, give these methods a try, and let us know which one worked for you in the comments below. If you did find this helpful, then share it with your family or friends who are facing the same issue. Happy message recovering!

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