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How to Read Unsend Messages on Instagram

How to read unsend messages on Instagram
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Have you ever tried looking for unsent messages on Instagram? In this article, I will show you how to read unsend messages on Instagram using various means and third-party apps and tools. You can follow the steps below.

Read from Instagram Server Data

You can access all your Instagram data stored in the Instagram server by downloading your data and reading it. You can download Instagram data using either the Instagram website or the Instagram app.

Download Data Using Instagram Website

To download Instagram data using the Instagram website:

  1. Launch the Instagram app and go to your Instagram Home.
  2. Select your profile on the bottom left.
  3. Tap the Hamburger menu icon (☰) in the upper right corner then choose ‘Settings’.
  4. Tap ‘Security’ and then ‘Download Data’.
  5. You will fill out information in the displayed fields to verify your account details and credentials.
  6. Tap ‘Request Download’ button and confirm process by entering your Instagram password then choose Next. Continue until you finish.
  7. When finished, you will receive an email from Instagram containing the archive file download link.
  8. To download the file, click the ‘Download Data’ button, then login to your account, and verify that you want to save it.
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Download data using Instagram website
Archive Instagram Chats on a PC
Download data using Instagram website

Download Data Using Instagram App

To download Instagram data using Instagram App:

  1. Launch the Instagram Lite app and go to your Instagram Home
  2. Select your profile on the bottom left
  3. Tap the Hamburger menu icon (☰) in the upper right corner then choose ‘Settings’.
  4. Tap ‘Security’ and then ‘Download Data’.
  5. You will fill out information in the displayed fields to verify your account details and credentials.
  6. Tap ‘Request Download’ button and confirm process by entering your Instagram password then choose Next. Continue until you finish.
  7. When finished, you will receive an email from Instagram containing the archive file download link.
  8. To download the file, click the ‘Download Data’ button, then login to your account, and verify that you want to save it.
Download Instagram data using Instagram app
Download Instagram data using Instagram app
Download Instagram data using Instagram app
Download Instagram data using Instagram app

You will then receive an email from Instagram within five minutes. Open the email and click the ‘Download Data’ link. It will download a .zip file containing all your chat histories.

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How to view deleted messages on Android

Use RARLAB to extract the zip file. If you chose to receive data in JSON format, use Json Genie to open the extracted ‘messages.json’ file and view the messages. If you chose HTML format, open the file using any Web Browser eg Google Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

How to view deleted messages on iOS

Use iZip to extract the zip file. If you chose to receive data in JSON format, use JSON Designer to open the ‘messages.json’ file and view the messages.If you chose HTML format, open using Safari Web Browser.

By following the steps above on how to read unsend messages on Instagram by downloading Instagram server data, you will be able to access all the unsent messages,

Use a connected Facebook Account

Use this option if

  1. You opened your Instagram account using Facebook.
  2. You have connected your Instagram account with Facebook.

You then can view deleted messages using Facebook Inbox.
To view the messages, open Facebook Inbox then click on the ‘Instagram Direct’ under Messages section. You will then see all chats including the unsent messages.

Use Third Party Apps and Tools

You can use various third party apps and tools to read unsent messages on Instagram, but they need to be in use by the account before the message is unsent. They work by retaining a copy of the message which can be accessed later even after deleting them on Instagram. It is worth noting that they need logging in using your Instagram account and will access your messages.
Here are the Apps:

AiGrow

AiGrow Tool works by sending your messages to your email inbox. These messages are retained even after deleting messages on Instagram. To enable AiGrow, go to their website and sign up. Add your Instagram account by inputting your Instagram username and password. You can then add the email address where you want all messages to go to. You will have to confirm your email via an email sent to your inbox after which you will start receiving Instagram messages.

NotiSave

This is an app available for Android devices. It works by reading and storing incoming Instagram message notifications. Even if the sender unsends the message, you will still be able to see what they sent. Even after deleting the Instagram inbox message, you can access the copy of the message from the app.
To enable Notisave,

  1. Install Notisave app on your Android device.
  2. Launch the app and allow access to the notifications by tapping on ‘Allow’ button for permission request.
  3. After tapping on ‘Allow’, it will take you to the Notification access page. Find Notisave from the list of apps and enable it.
  4. Allow the app to access photos, media and files on your device.
  5. It will redirect to the Autostart screen. Enable Autostart for Notisave for the app to work.
  6. The app will then start saving incoming messages notifications from Instagram.
  7. To view messages, open the Notisave app and go to Instagram. You can then view all messages including the unsent messages.

The messages will be available from the date of installation going forward.

Take a Screenshot

Last but not least, you can take a screenshot of Instagram messages and save them safely before the messages get deleted.

Conclusion

I hope you were successful in the steps on how to read unsend messages on Instagram. You can also look at our article on how to unread messages on Instagram for Android and iPhone.

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