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How To Recover Instagram Deleted Messages? Step by Step Guide

Finally, Instagram in the Year 2013 added its new private messaging feature to Instagram.  They named it Instagram Direct. It enabled Instagram users to target their information to more specific people.  It’s also become easy to communicate with a new user you followed over Instagram.  

You can also send messages to a user you are not following.  Instagram treats these messages as requests and keeps them in the User’s Inbox instead of the messenger.  Once the request is accepted, all the messages will be sent to their inbox even if you don’t follow.

The conversation interface would be like any other messaging app like Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Whatsapp, etc.  

Coming back to our topic, you may have accidentally deleted your Instagram messages and are looking for a way to get back those.  Do not worry you are at the right place.  Our Guide will take you through each and every option you have to get back all your messages.  

Steps to Recover Instagram Deleted Messages

Are Instagram messages deleted forever?

Nope, Good News!  Instagram messages will not be deleted forever.  The messages will be deleted from your Mobile only.  Instagram keeps all the user data (Photos, Videos, Messages, etc)  on its servers safe.  

Now, you must be relieved now.  But still thinking about how can I get those messages back.  Don’t worry, keep progressing with this Guide.     

Recover Instagram deleted messages using Instagram Data

Use Instagram Data to recover your deleted messages

As we have told you above that all the user’s Instagram Data are stored on Instagram Server also.  Hence, to get the same data back we can Use Instagram Data to download a copy.

But this data is a complete backup of all your Instagram data (Pictures, Videos, Messages, Likes, Comments, searches, profiles, etc.) not only your messages.  Hence, to recover your messages only you have to follow the process in two parts.  

  1. Request and Download your complete Instagram Data
  2. Recover your Instagram deleted messages

Steps to Request and Download Complete Instagram Data

Step – 1: Opens up your Instagram app on your mobile.

Step – 2: Click on your profile picture icon which you can find at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step – 3:  Your Profile will be opened.  Then click on ‘Hamburger Menu’ at the top right corner of the screen.

Step – 4:  After Clicking a new Setting window will slide in from the right.  Click on Settings at the bottom of the screen.

Step – 6: From the Setting option click on Security.

Step – 7: Under Security go down the Data and History Section and Click on Download Data

Step – 8: A new window will appear Download your Data.

Step – 9: Enter your Email address on the text box and press on the Request Download Button

Step – 10: Upon Clicking Request Download, You will be prompted to enter your Instagram Password.  This is only to verify the authentication of the User request.

Step – 11:  Once you have completed the authentication, Instagram will send you a link to download your data over the email.

Step – 12:  Open email on your desktop, laptop and click on Download Data and that’s it your complete data will be downloaded to your computer in zip format.

Read: How to Download Instagram Videos, Photos, and Stories

Steps to Recover your Instagram deleted messages from complete downloaded data

Step – 1:  Extract the downloaded ZIP file and open up the extracted complete data folder.

Step – 2:  Select the messages.json file from the list of files inside the folder.

Step – 3:  Open up the file with any of the text editors by right-clicking on the file then click on Open With, and from the Pop-up window or drop-down select your Text Editor.

Step – 4: The Text file with all your messages will be opened and Just use find or press Ctr+F to find the messages you have deleted accidentally.

That’s it! Simple isn’t it.  Yes, just don’t miss a single step.  Now, let’s look at another simple way you can use to find your message.

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Third-Party Tools to recover Instagram deleted messages

If the above will not do a favor to you, it will do.  But in case it will not work, then you can check for the third-party tools available.  These tools are easy to use.  There are many tools but we have selected the best tool among the ones available in the market.  

DR. FONE by Wondershare 

FONE is one of the best applications you can use for all your Mobile data recovery.  It is easy to use and available for Android and iOS.  Here we will let you through step-by-step how you can recover Instagram messages through this third-party app for Android users.

RECOVERY PROCESS FOR ANDROID

Step – 1:  Connect your Android Mobile with your Computer using a USB cable

Step – 2:  Launch the Dr. Fone application by double-clicking on it

Step – 3:  Select Data Recovery from the first Box on the top of the Application screen

Step – 4:  Enable USB Debugging on your Android phone. 

Step – 5:  Your Phone will be detected by the software and shows Options to select which data you want to recover and from where (from Phone Data or External SD Cards) by default all are selected.

Step – 6:   After selection click on Next to continue the recovery process.  The software will start the recovery process and start scanning your mobile phone.

Step – 7:  It will take some minutes to complete the full scan of your Mobile phone. You have to be a little patient.

Step – 8: After the scan is complete The software populates a list of recovered data sorted categorically on the lefts screen bar.

Step – 9:  Select the Messages category from the left sidebar and the recovered messages will appear on the right screen.  Select the messages you want to recover and click on recover.  All the messages will save on your computer.

Read: How To Post On Instagram From Your Desktop

RECOVERY PROCESS FOR iOS

Step – 1:  Connect your iOS Mobile with your Computer using a USB cable

Step – 2:  Launch the Dr. Fone application by double-clicking on it

Step – 3:  Select Data Recovery from the first Box on the top of the Application screen

Step – 4:  Before running the data recovery application disable the iTunes automatically sync in your iOS. 

Step – 5:  Your Phone will be detected by the software and shows Options to select which data you want to recover and from where (from Phone Data or External SD Cards) by default all are selected.

Step – 6:   After selection click on Start Scan to start scanning your iOS device. 

Step – 7:  It will take some minutes to complete the full scan of your Mobile phone. You have to be a little patient.

Step – 8: After the scan is complete The software populates a list of recovered data sorted categorically on the left screen bar, You can also filter your data to show only deleted items.  

Step – 9:  Select the Messages category from the left sidebar and the recovered messages will appear on the right screen.  Select the messages you want to recover and click on recover.  Here in iOS, you will have the option to either recover the data to the computer or to the device.

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If nothing works, you can always ask your connection to send back you the Instagram deleted message

Yes, if nothing works out for you what we have expected.  We advise you to reach out to your Instagram connection.  Explain to him how the messages got deleted and ask them to send you back again.  

IMPORTANT NOTE

Before concluding the topic we would like to advise you to not fall into the trap of any unwanted websites claiming to recover all your messages using login credentials.   We have seen so many examples in the past where users get locked out of their accounts after using these tools.  

We advise you use the above tools.  In case you want to do your own search, so be vigilant and do a deep search and read reviews before handing over your credentials.  

You can also use our comment box to reach out to us for a review of any tools you are planning to use.

Conclusion:

Hope now you are relieved and feeling somewhere relaxed.  Now you have the knowledge to recover your Instagram messages.

Our step-by-step guide will definitely help you out achieving your goal (Getting all Important messages back)

We have kept the language as simple as it could be so that you can make your decision quickly and efficiently.

In case you need any information or any having doubt please use our comment box below to be in touch, we always welcome.

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