How to Create a Group Conversation in Instagram Direct on iPhone

Way back in 2013 Instagram introduced direct messaging, called Instagram Direct, to the popular photo-sharing platform. In that iteration, direct messaging, or DMing, had to include a picture taken and edited in the Instagram app. Due to popular demand, Instagram now offers text-only direct messaging, which is really convenient for individuals who not only use the app to create, share, and explore photography, but also as an easy way to stay in touch with friends without switching to another platform or messaging app. Did you know that not only can you direct message friends on Instagram, you can also dm groups of friends? Let's get started learning how to create group conversations with or without pictures in Instagram on your iPhone. 

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How to Create a Group Conversation in Instagram Direct on iPhone

If you'd like to start a direct message to two or more friends on Instagram, you can create a new group conversation.  

  • Tap the icon that looks like a paper airplane in the top right corner of Feed.
  • Now tap the plus in the top right corner.
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  • Choose two or more people you'd like to include in your group message by tapping the circles to the right of their Instagram usernames, then tap Next.
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  • Name your group in the box that says Name Your Group near the top of the page.
  • Now write your message in the box that says Write a message above your keypad.
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  • If you want to include a picture, tap the photo icon to choose a photo or video from your library.
  • If you want to take a new photo, tap the camera icon.
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  • Type your message in the text box above the keyboard, then tap Send and your message is on its way!
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.