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18th May 2016

Instagram has another folder that could be full of unread messages

*Another* secret inbox

Rebecca Keane

Just when you thought you were keeping on top of all your social media business comes news of another “secret” message folder.

We all knew about the “other” inbox on Facebook, but it turns out there is also a folder on Instagram where it hides away messages from people who are not your friends.

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Yes, just like Facebook, that feature might be filled with messages from people that are trying to get in touch with you.

This pesky inbox is easy to find.

Open up the Instagram app.


In the top right-hand corner, you’ll find the normal inbox – but opening that will show the “message requests” option in bright blue if you’ve got any messages from strangers that you haven’t yet opened.

If you don’t have any messages in the other inbox then nothing will show up.


Instagram’s messaging feature is probably not as used as Facebook’s one, but you never know what – or who – might be lurking in there.

That’s of course if you can even still bear to look at Instagram since its contentious logo redesign.