3 Workable Ways to Restore Deleted Instagram Direct Messages [2020 Updated]


July 27, 2020 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

How can I recover deleted Instagram direct messages? I deleted them by mistake when I was editing an Instagram photo, trying to upload and share it with my friend on my iPhone. I appreciate any solution.

Recover Instagram Messages

Many people know Instagram, a popular photo sharing application on an iOS device. But few of us knows Instagram Direct.


Instagram Direct is for messages sending which also has an inbox just like Facebook and Messenger. Instagram doesn’t allow users to backup messages or data. Some users might be used to screenshot Instagram to save data.

So if you mistakenly delete your messages, you are not able to get them back through Instagram, unless you use an online Instagram message recovery to make it happen.

Part 1. 3 Proven Ways to Recover Deleted Instagram Direct Messages

1. Recover Deleted Instagram DMS with Connected Facebook Account

You might have notified that Instagram allows you to log in with Facebook, it means you can connect Facebook with Instagram account. It can be another chance to get your Instagram messages back.

log in Instagram with facebook

Just need to log in facebook account on facebook website pageLink out icon, then check your Inbox.

Click Instagram Direct on the left pane, then you can see the conversations you want if any.

check Instagram dms with facebook

2. Recover Data from Instagram Data Download Feature

Instagram has a feature to enable users to download Instagram data, including photos, comments, profile information and more. Please note that it only works one request from your account at a time and it may take up to 48 hours to collect this data and send it to you.

Go to instagram.comLink out icon and log in your account with correct passcode.

Click the profile icon on the upper-right corner.

click Instagram profile icon

Click the Settings icon and then Privacy and Security on the pop-up window.

click Instagram settings button

Scroll down to find Data Download and click Request Download button.

click Instagram request download button

Enter the email address you want to receive the link to a file with your Instagram data, and then click Next.

enter email to download Instagram data

Above-mentioned ways may help you recover Instagram messages, if what you lost are the Instagram photos, you can choose the last method.

3. Recover Data with Instagram Message Recovery Website Online

This is a simple way to recover Instagram Direct messages, using Instagram Message Recovery developed by a former employee.

Browse the Instagram Message Recovery sitelink out, and enter your Instagram username.

After logging into your Instagram, click Recover Messages.

Complete the Human verification and then you can recover the deleted messages back on Instagram.

Online Instagram Message Recovery

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Instagram Photos with FoneLab

1. For iPhone users:

FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery is known as the best third party application for lost data recovery. It enables you to view and recover deleted iPhone photos, messages, contacts, audio, notes, reminders, calendars, call logs, etc from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without any hassle.

Both Windows and Mac versions are available.

Now let’s see how to retrieve deleted Instagram messages following below simple guide.

1) How to Use FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery?

Download and install the free trial version with above link accordingly.

Select Function

When it is finished, it will launch automatically. Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable. The software will detect the device within a few seconds.

After your iPhone is detected by the program, you will have three recovery modes to choose from, Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File. You can choose one of them according to your needs, if you have backed up iPhone data with iTunes or iCloud before, you can choose recover from backup files here.

anylyzing device

After the scan process is finished. The scan result will list in the left sidebar grouped by file types. Click App Photos from the sidebar to preview Instagram messages on the right. Check those items you want and click Recover to save them onto your computer.

Recover Instagram Pictures

2) Why Choose FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery?

You are also able to recover deleted Instagram photos. Besides, you don’t need to worry about leaking your personal information while using this software.

  1. Retrieve your lost files while keeping current ones intact.
  2. Recover deleted files from 19 different types of data created on these devices – iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 or iPod touch 4.
  3. Restore and export eight types of lost data from any other iOS device, including the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 pro Max.
  4. Preview backup files before restoring them.
  5. Restore data from iCloud backup or iTunes backup.
  6. Fully supports iOS 14 and iTunes 12.9.


iPhone Data Recovery helps you recover iPhone data easily, including recover notes on iPhone, recover deleted videos from iPhone, restore calendar on iPhone, etc.

2. For Android users:

FoneLab Android Data Recovery is the program to recover deleted Android data on device or SD card, which is similar to iPhone Data Recovery. You can use it to recover Instagram photos on Android if you want.

1) How to Use FoneLab Android Data Recovery?

Download and install the FoneLab Android data recovery software on your computer.

connect android to computer

Enable USB debugging on your phone by following the onscreen instruction from the program. And then click OK on your computer.

USB Debugging

Once it is connected, you will have different file types to choose. Tick Gallery, and then click Next.

select data to recover

Tap Allow/Grant/Authorize when it asks you to. If the messages don’t pop up, click Retry on the interface to try again.

Get Privilege

Preview and check the photos you want to get back, and then click the Recover button to save them to your computer.

recover android data

2) Why Choose FoneLab Android Data Recovery?

  1. Retrieve your lost files while keeping current ones intact.
  2. Recover deleted Android data from device or SD card easily.
  3. Preview files before restoring them.

If you want to learn more about Instagram, please read Instagram Guide for details.

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