Some time ago, you used Instagram's Direct Messages to exchange photos with an acquaintance, and now you can't remember whether or not you downloaded them to your phone's memory. As a result, you immediately opened the app to look for the conversation containing the pictures in question but, alas, you couldn't find it. So, without hesitation, you immediately opened Google in search of a guide that could show you how to recover Instagram chats and, for this reason, you ended up here, on my website.
If the situation you're in is exactly what I've described, know that you're in the right place, at the right time! In the course of this tutorial, in fact, I will provide you with some useful "tips" to recover the elements of Instagram chats, intervening directly on the memory of the phone.
Before you do anything else, however, I invite you to read very carefully the chapter on preliminary information, in which I explained in detail the terms under which you can complete the recovery, also providing valuable advice to protect your privacy. Please make sure you understand everything before proceeding!
Before we even get into the heart of this guide and show you the techniques that can be used to recover some Instagram chat items, it's good to let you know about the limitations of similar procedures.
To begin with, Direct (i.e. the area of Instagram dedicated to chats) is not a real messaging app: for this reason, the received messages are not downloaded in the memory of the device in use but are available only on Instagram servers.
This means that once you request the deletion of a message through the app, it will be simultaneously deleted from the social network's servers. Since there is no local copy (i.e. saved in the memory of the device) of the message in question, the same can not be recovered in any way, unless, of course, not explicitly request a copy to its recipient!
Also be wary of online services that promise to complete this operation: in almost all cases, you will be asked to enter the credentials of your Instagram account to continue. Using such tools, besides being useless, could also be particularly harmful to your privacy: the access data released could end up in the hands of anyone, even cybercriminals, who could do almost anything with them.
It's a different story when it comes to pictures, videos and files downloaded from Direct chats (which can be done by tapping and holding on their thumbnails and tapping Save in the menu that appears): they remain available in the device's memory even after the chat message is deleted.
Moreover, it is possible to recover the files downloaded from Direct and then deleted from the device memory using a series of apps and programs dedicated to this purpose. Everything is explained in detail in the following chapters of this guide.
How to recover Instagram chats on Android
Having made the necessary premises of the case, it's time to move to action and explain how to recover media from Instagram chats on Android.
Don't worry, it's a lot easier than you think. Photos and videos downloaded from Instagram's Direct section are automatically saved to the device's Instagram folder, where they remain even after the chats are deleted.
To retrieve them, launch the Photos app (or the app you use to manage your Android gallery), tap on the ☰ icon in the upper left corner and tap on Device Folders from the menu that appears. Finally, locate the folder called Instagram and tap on it: the photos and videos you were looking for are there, ready to be viewed.
If the Instagram folder is not visible in the Android photo gallery app, you can still access it using a file management app, such as Google Files.
Once you've launched the app, tap on the Browse tab at the bottom of the screen and navigate to Internal Storage > Pictures > Instagram, where you'll find all the files you downloaded via the app, including those from Direct.
If the files in question are no longer in the aforementioned folder because, for example, you deleted them manually, you can try to recover them using a software specifically designed to recover images, videos and, in general, files deleted from the memory of Android. I told you about this in detail in my guides on how to recover deleted photos on Android and how to recover deleted videos from Android.
How to recover Instagram chats on iOS
The topic of how to recover Instagram chats on iOS is quite similar to the one we've already covered for Android: even in this case, the media items downloaded from Direct chats are stored in the iOS camera roll.
So, to recover them, all you have to do is launch the Photos app and tap on the All Photos icon, located at the bottom left: the images and videos you had previously downloaded are there, ready to be viewed.
Excuse me? You're well aware of this possibility but, alas, you've manually deleted the downloaded files from Direct Chat? If so, you can try to recover them from the Recently Deleted album: as I explained in my guide on how to recover deleted photos from iphone without a PC, this is a special area reserved for the iPhone and iPad Photos app (but also for the iCloud Photo Library service) where photos and videos deleted from the device are temporarily transferred.
Deleted media items remain in the Recent Deleted folder for a variable period of time, up to 40 days, after which they are permanently deleted from both the device and iCloud (if iCloud Photo Library is enabled).
So, if you deleted the file you're interested in quite recently, you can try to restore it by following these steps: launch the Photos app in iOS, tap on the Albums tab (located at the bottom) and scroll down the next screen until you find the Recently Deleted item.
When you've found it, tap on it to access the album of the same name and, after locating the item you deleted, tap on its preview and then on the Recover button twice in a row to move it back to the iOS camera roll.
If you still can't recover the downloaded items from Direct, you can try your luck with a special program aimed at recovering deleted files, such as EaseUS MobiSaver, which I told you about in my guide on how to recover deleted photos from iPhone (also valid for iPad).
How to recover Instagram chats on PC
If you've made it this far, it means that you've perfectly understood the techniques for recovering deleted files from Direct chats, but you haven't found a solution to your problem, which is of a very different nature: what you're looking for, in fact, is a method to recover Instagram conversations on your computer, since Direct is not available in the web version of the service.
If that's the case, I think I have a couple of solutions for you: if you're using Windows 10, for example, you can access Direct using the official Instagram app, available on the Microsoft Store.
To get it, connect to the web page I provided earlier, click on the Get and Open Microsoft Store buttons and, to start installing the software, press the Install button.
After that, launch the Instagram application by calling it from the Start menu (the flag-shaped icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) or by pressing the Start button, which appears in the Microsoft Store. Then sign in using your credentials and, once you're logged in, click on the airplane icon (top right), to access the Direct section.
If, however, you have an operating system other than Windows 10, you can use an Android emulator to download the Instagram app directly to your computer, and run it from there: I explained in detail how this type of software works in my guide to the best Android emulators.
Frequently asked questions and answers
How to recover deleted Instagram messages?
To access those previously deleted posts and conversations, just go to your profile settings and download a backup of all the information stored in your Instagram account through the "activity history".12 sept two thousand twenty
Where are Instagram conversations stored?
Each and every message you send and receive is transmitted over the network and is not stored on your servers. Whether it's comments or DMs, they are saved on your device and nowhere else. Photos are saved and can be used for other things by Instagram.
How to view old Instagram messages?
As soon as you have found the right person, right-click on the chat option and choose Expand All from the menu. Each and every element of the conversation will be opened. Scroll down and you will be able to review the first message.
How to delete Instagram conversations forever?
You have to click on the icon with the shape of a paper airplane to enter the direct messages, which will be on the top right. Inside, when you have found the chat you want to delete, scroll to the left so that some options will appear. You'll see the Delete option appear.18 Feb two thousand and twenty-one