How to search for specific old messages on Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks available on the web today, and as you might have already known, it is own by Facebook. The service’s primary purpose is to allow users to share photos and videos with millions of others, but guess what? It’s also a serviceable messenger.

Unfortunately, the program does not allow users to search for specific messages, so if you’re the sort of person who frequently rambles on Instagram with others, you could feel deceived.

Third-party app developers are now denied access to the messaging functionality, so don’t hold your breath for an unauthorized client anytime soon.

How do you search for messages on Instagram?

Right now, the best choice for searching through messages is to do it the old-fashioned manner, which is a little tedious but effective.

  • Go to Instagram’s website.
  • Inquire about your Instagram information.
  • Get a copy of what you’ve posted on Instagram.
  • Look through all of your messages.

Let’s take a closer look at this.

1] Open the Instagram website

Yes, we’re not going to do this with the Instagram app from the Microsoft Store since it’s completely worthless. In light of this, we’ve decided to use the website, which is more than capable of getting the job done.

Thus, the first thing you’ll have to do is go to and log in using your username and password. Then, in the top-right corner of the page, click on the profile photo and choose Profile.

2] Request your Instagram data

The next step is to click either the Edit Profile button or the gear icon next to it. Choose Privacy and Security from the drop-down menu, then scroll all the way down to Data Download. To proceed to the next stage, click Request Download from this area.

3] Get a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram

Please enter your email address in the box given, then click Next to obtain a copy of your personal information. Add your Instagram password, then press Request Download, and wait for Instagram to give you an email with a download link, which might take up to 48 hours in certain cases.

4] Search through your messages

Your data will be saved in a ZIP folder once it has been downloaded. After unzipping the files, look for “messages.json” and open it in Notepad. The contents of this file will now appear to be gibberish, but don’t worry, your messages are still there someplace.

To discover your messages, use Notepad’s search tool to seek certain terms, and that’s all.

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