How to Recover Deleted Instagram Messages

by Darjan Micheal

If you have an Instagram account, you would have deleted some Direct Messages, and maybe you could have deleted the ones that are important to you.

Don’t worry. I will show you how you can recover the messages that you deleted on Instagram.

There are several ways to recover your deleted Instagram DM’s.

Can I Recover Deleted Messages on Instagram

There are various ways to recover your deleted Instagram DM’s. Instagram has a feature to download all data associated with your account. Sometimes, this data report includes deleted messages from Instagram.

Ways to Recover Deleted Messages on Instagram

1. Recover Deleted Instagram Messages by Downloading your Instagram Data

Instagram allows its users to download their data. You can download your deleted messages, posts, and stories by using this feature. A user can request a download once in 48 hours.

Recover messages using download your information

You could simply download and open the file, or you could upload it to some websites or software to see exactly how it was on Instagram.

How to Download Your Data on Instagram

1. Go to

2. Click on the profile icon in the top right corner and click on Settings.

3. Then click on Privacy and Security.

Privacy and security

4. Now click on Request Download.

5. Enter your email id, click on JSON file, and tap next.

Download Instagram Data

6. You will receive a mail from Instagram. Usually, it takes a few minutes or even a few days to receive the mail according to the size of your account’s files.

7. Open the mail and click on download information to download your data.

Download Data

8. It will ask you to log in for security purposes.

9. Now, you can download your data.

Can I recover the deleted Instagram DMs after a year or more?

You can download data more than a year old or even more. But in some cases, you may not get some data because of some bug. If you can’t find some data in the file, try re-downloading it after two days. If you didn’t get the expected files after two days, there is no way you could gain those files. In that case, you need to go with the other ways that I provided.

2. How to Recover Deleted Instagram Messages using Facebook

If you have connected your Instagram account with Facebook Messenger, you can see the Instagram direct messages in the messenger. Log in to the Facebook account that you have connected to your Instagram account. Go to inbox there, you can find the Instagram messages.

If this method doesn’t work for you, try the next method.

If you want to disconnect your Instagram account from your Facebook account, read our post on How to Disconnect Instagram from Facebook.

3. Recover Deleted Instagram Direct Messages using your Friend

You can recover your messages with the help of the friend that you have sent the messages. It is the easiest way to recover your Instagram direct messages. Just ask the user to send a screenshot of your messages. But if you can’t get your friend’s help, there are several other ways.

Use friends Instagram account

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As you have downloaded your data, how to view the messages? The data you have downloaded should be in a zip format, so you need to unzip it if you need to see the messages the right way. But if you need to see the message as it’s in the Instagram app. There is a website called

Recover the Deleted Instagram Messages using the Insta-Recovery Site

Go to the site called Upload the zip file that you have downloaded from Instagram. Now you can see the deleted Instagram direct messages. It will be displayed as it is in the Instagram file. You can take a screenshot of that to save the data because there is no download option on the site.


You can recover your deleted Instagram messages using the ways I provided. And if you have any problem with those steps, you can leave a comment below. I would love to help you.
There are several other ways to recover your messages, too. But trust me, none of them works.