Instagram is perhaps one of the best social networking applications. Its messaging facility is even cooler as it allows us to connect with our friends and loved ones.

But there are some special circumstances when you don’t want the person who has messaged you to know that you have read his or her message.

While Instagram by itself doesn’t offer this functionality, there is a way to go around this. That is what we will be discussing in this post.

How To Proceed With Turning Read Receipts Off

It involves making use of aeroplane mode. But wait, do read out the steps regarding how to do it. Doing it by yourself may make it not work and things may get messed up.

These steps are concise, precise and to the point. Allow us to talk about them. Here we go.

Steps To Turn Read Receipts Off

  • First, start-up Instagram on the official application or in a browser window.
  • Click on the chat (messenger) icon.
  • Don’t go ahead and read the message. Turn off mobile data and Wi-Fi.
  • Then, turn on the aeroplane mode.
  • Then read the message or messages from the person(s) that you want to.
  • The deed isn’t done yet.
  • Now, you have to log out from your account in the Instagram application or the browser window.
  • Turn off the aeroplane mode.
  • If required, turn on the mobile data or Wi-Fi to access the internet again.
  • Now, you have read the message(s) without the person who sent it or them knowing about you have read them.


While this method is indeed very simple and trivial, care has to be taken while making use of it. You can easily make the mistake of clicking on the chat icon with the person beforehand and ruin the whole thing.

This method will come in handy if you are dealing with someone who was a friend but now things don’t go well between you two. The same goes for when your clingy ex wants to keep messaging you again and again and waiting for a reply.

FAQ Related To Turning Read Receipts Instagram Off

Ques. Does this method work if I use Instagram in my browser?

Ans. Yes, it does work irrespective of whether you use Instagram in a browser window or on the official application.

Ques. Is this method complicated?

Ans. This method is perhaps the easiest thing to do that you can imagine. To make use of it, it will take just a few minutes.

Ques. Do I need to uninstall and reinstall the Instagram app after using this method?

Ans. No. But you do need to log out after you have read the message(s). Uninstalling and then reinstalling the application isn’t required.

Ques. In what cases can this method be used?

Ans. You can use this method if you have received a message from an unknown account or if it is someone with whom you don’t want to take the conversation further.