How Can I Read Instagram Messagess Without Being Seen?

Instagram is the most trending platform among the young generation. Its active users are increasing day by day. When the Instagram family widens, there are a lot of queries in minds of people regarding the use of Instagram. We are here to give you elaborate content on all your queries so that to solve your confusion.

In this article, we will discuss the most general question, “Can I Read Messages on Instagram without being Seen?”

So, let’s come to the topic.

Can I Read Messages on Instagram without being Seen?

When you receive a message and view it, a little “Seen” appears beside each message. This notification is very useful as it tells the message sender whether you have read the messages or not. But sometimes you want to read messages without letting the sender know.

Unlike other Instant Messaging Platforms, Instagram doesn’t have the policy to hide the “read receipt” from the message sender. It instantly gives the Viewed notification to the sender. But there are some anonymous ways to see the messages without alerting the third party.

There are many methods by which you can Read Instagram messages without being seen.  Here in this article, we will describe to you some most commonly used easy methods to view messages on Instagram without notifying the sender.

5 Methods to Read Instagram Message without being Seen

How Can I Read Instagram Messagess Without Being Seen

In a normal routine, you want sometimes any way to read messages of your friend or colleague but alert him that I have viewed the messages. Do you think is there any method to read these messages anonymously? So, yes, here are the top 5 methods that will work for you;

  1. Through Notification Bar
  2. Restrict the User
  3. Turn your Wifi or Mobile Data off
  4. Log out from Instagram and Disable the Internet
  5. Using 3rd party App

Let’s discuss them one by one.

1. Through Notification Bar

When messages are received from anyone and you are using another app instead of Instagram, a notification shows you the messages. Then if you’ve not cleared the notifications, you can read the messages from the notification bar.

you can see all the messages from the notification bar if each message is not too long as in the notification bar only 1 line of each message is visible. If there are multiple messages from a single sender, then you can read all the messages by just dragging down and expanding the notification bar.

If a message is long enough to be seen in a notification bar then, simply long-press the notification bar and the full view of the message will be shown.

If you are using android, there is a down arrow button. Tap on it and it will expand the message. nnnnnnnBut for this, you need to be cautious as it can open the message accidentally.

2. Restrict the User

Another method to read the messages without letting the sender know is by “restrcting the user” who is sending the message. On Instagram, it is a technique to restrict someone and allow him limited features of interacting with you. it’s basically called restricting the user’s capacity to interact with you.

When you restrict any person, the message he sends you are kept in your message requests tab and when you open and read them, the sender doesn’t get informed about them. When you accept their DM, only then they can receive the seen receipt for the messages they have sent.

So, if you have some nosy relatives and you want to avoid them, then this method will help you a lot as there’s no need to block and unfollow them.

How to Restrict Any Person?

Here is a simple method to restrict someone’s capacity to interact with you;

  • Open the profile of the user you want to restrict.
  • On the profile screen, there are three dots at the top right corner. Click on them.
  • You will see a menu bar. Then, click on the restrict option.
  • You will see a pop-up for confirmation. Confirm it.

Once you restrict them, you can read their messages without being seen.

3. Turn off Wifi or your Mobile Data

If you switch off your mobile’s internet connection, then the message sender will not receive a “viewed” option on the messages he has sent. When you switch on your internet again, the sender will instantly be notified. So, you need to be cautious here. Only switch on the internet again when you want them to have the viewed notification on the messages.

For this, follow the following steps;

  • Turn off your mobile data or wifi connection.
  • Read the messages from Instagram.
  • Now, open the settings on your device. Then, click on apps. Click on Instagram from the options. Force stop the Instagram in order to stop it from running in the background. For this, click on, the “Stop”, option.
  • As long as you don’t open the Instagram app again, a message will not be displayed as viewed.
  • When you open your Internet, the sender gets a notification. For this, especially the iPhone users need to be conscious.

4. Log out from Instagram and Disable the Internet

This method is much similar to the above-mentioned method, but it’s safer and more secure as when you unconsciously, open the Internet, the sender does get any notification of “Seen”.

Here are some simple steps to do it.

  • Turn off your internet from your device and go offline.
  • Read the messages from Instagram.
  • Log out of your Instagram account. You can go to Instagram’s settings and there you’ll see an option, “log out”, and click on it.
  • You will log out of your account successfully.
  • Now, turn on your internet connection. The messages will not be marked as “Seen”.
  • When you want them to be marked as “Seen”. open the Instagram app and log into your account. They will be marked as viewed.

5. Using 3rd Party App

There’s also a method to use a 3rd party app in order to see messages without being viewed. For this, there’s an app, AiGrow. Its main purpose is to give you genuine and organic followers in no time. You can use this app for your purpose. You can open and read the messages without being viewed when you use this app.

Here is a simple method of how you can do it.

  • Search AiGrow and open this app and sign up here.
  • Tap on “Direct Messages” from the dashboard drop-down menu.
  • You can now access your DMs. See the messages you want from here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are messages marked as read if you just read them from the notification bar?

No, when you read the messages from the notification bar, you are not opening the Instagram app and not opening the DMs directly. Thus, when you read the messages from the notification bar, they are not marked as read

Why can’t I send log messages on Instagram?

Instagram has a limit to sending a message to your friends. Instagram doesn’t allow too long messages to send in DMs. Thus Instagram restricts users from sending lengthy messages.

How long is Instagram’s message limit?

In a direct message, Instagram has a limit to sending only 1000 characters that also include spaces.

How many DMs is a DM limit per day?

Instagram has a limit to sending DMs in a single day. The DM limit varies between 1000 to 1500 DMs per day and you cannot message more than that limit.

Is Picuki anonymous?

Yes, Picuki is completely anonymous and safe. It helps you in browsing Instagram, and you don’t need to make an account on it.


We cannot read Instagram messages without letting them know officially. But there are many ways by which we can read messages, and the other person does not know about them. In this article, we have explained the top best reliable methods. I hope they will help you a lot.




Eli Overbey

Elioverbey is a Hillman professor of information science and human-machine emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University. Elioverbey has a broad interest in design technology and social effects, spanning from computer-based teamwork and computer-assisted collaborative research to human-robot interaction.

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