September 2020 – That’s the month when Instagram announced its new messaging features like:

  • Vanish Mode
  • Chat Colors
  • Replies 
  • Watch Together
  • Custom Emoji Reactions
  • Selfie Stickers
  • Enhanced Reporting & Blocking Updates
  • And more!

But the one feature that did catch my attention was the ability to reply to a specific Instagram message. 

If you have been using Instagram and chatting with your loved ones, you may already be aware of it.

But if you don’t regularly use Instagram or haven’t used it at all, maybe you don’t really know how to reply to a specific message in Instagram chat and would like to know how to do it.

This feature allows you to respond to a person’s specific message.

Note – For this feature to work, you need to update your Instagram application – otherwise there are chances that it may not work for you. At the same time, you need to update the Instagram messaging option as well.

And if you have not done it yet, allow us to show you how you can do it.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat?

Follow these steps to learn how to update your Instagram messaging and reply to a specific Instagram message:

  • How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat if You Haven’t Updated Your Instagram Messaging?
    • Head Over to Instagram Settings
    • Update Messaging
  • How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat If You’ve Updated Instagram Messaging?
    • Visit a Chat
    • Reply

If you haven’t yet updated your Instagram messaging, then you won’t be able to reply to a specific Instagram message. Don’t worry – I’ll show you how to do just that.

But if you have already updated your Instagram Messaging, click HERE.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat if You Haven’t Updated Your Instagram Messaging?

If you haven’t updated your Instagram Messaging, I’ll show you the exact steps to do so. 

Back in September, upon launching Instagram, you’d have received a prompt to update your Messaging. 

However, Instagram doesn’t do that anymore. 

So – chances are that if you don’t know about the update, then you may not know that you need to update it in the first place. So, the first thing you need to do is update it – which we will be doing now.

Head Over to Instagram Settings

Now, the first step is to visit your Instagram profile. 

When you visit your profile, you’ll see three vertical lines in the top-right corner.

Head Over to Instagram Settings

Click on these lines and you’ll see the following options:

  • Settings
  • Archive
  • Your activity
  • QR code
  • Saved
  • Close Friends
  • COVID-19 Information Center

Of all the options you see in front of you, we now need to select the “Settings” option. This way, you’ll visit your Instagram settings.

Update Instagram Messaging

Now, you’ll land on the Instagram settings. Here, you’ll see numerous options with “Update Messaging” at the top.

How to Update Instagram Messaging in 2022?

NOTE – If you have already updated your messaging already, you won’t see the “Update Messaging” option.

But if you didn’t, then you would be able to see the option to do so.

Select “Update Messaging.”

P.S. – Since I already had my Instagram messaging updated, I couldn’t fetch a screenshot from my end. So – for reference, I have taken a screenshot from HERE.

NOTE – If you don’t see the “Update Messaging” option and still aren’t able to reply to specific messages on Instagram, then maybe your application is outdated. I’d advise you to visit Google Play or App Store and update your Instagram application.

When you select “Update Messaging,” you’ll get a pop-up. Click on “Update.”

When you update the Instagram messaging, you’ll be able to:

  • Change Your Chat Color
  • React with Any Emoji
  • Swipe to Reply to Messages
  • Create Selfie Stickers
  • Chat with People Who Use Facebook

It’s not exciting anymore in 2022 – but if you haven’t yet updated your Instagram messaging, you’re missing out on these features.

And you’re done! You’ll see the “Your messaging has been updated” text when you’re done with the update.

Now, let’s learn how you can reply to a specific message on Instagram.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat If You’ve Updated Instagram Messaging?

Visit a Chat

Now, the next step is to visit someone’s chat window. Visit your Instagram’s homepage and click on the “Messenger” icon in the top-right corner.

Instagram Chat

Visit someone’s chat window. Let’s do it for technometer.co account of ours.

Reply

When you want to reply to a specific Instagram message, you need to tap and hold that particular message and select “Reply.” Or you can push the other person’s message towards the right. If you want to reply to your own message, you need to push your message to the left.

How to Reply to a Specific Message in Instagram Chat in 2022?

Now, you need to reply to the message and select “Send.”

Once you have sent the message, you’ll see that you replied to that specific message – which the other person will see as well.

This feature has helped improve communication. And as you use Instagram more and chat with your loved ones, you’ll get the hang of it.

And We’re Done!

Happiness GIF | Technometer

2020 was one of the best years for the Instagram community. The rollout of the new Instagram messaging feature introduced new features – which most people have been using today on a large scale.

If you haven’t yet updated the messaging, you’re already missing out on these features. But if you have, all you need to do is tap and hold the message and you can reply to any of the messages of the person you’re chatting with instantly.

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