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Instagram provides a convenient way for users to share photos and videos with their followers through direct messages or DMs. However, there are instances when users want their photos and videos to be seen only once. In such cases, Instagram offers the option of sending “exploding” or “self-destructing” messages. These messages allow users to send pictures and videos that instantly vanish from the recipient’s inbox. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of sending a bomb photo on Instagram.
How to Send a Bomb Picture on Instagram
To send a bomb photo on Instagram, follow these simple steps:
- Open the chat where you want to send the bomb picture.
- Tap on the camera icon to launch the camera.
- From the camera screen, you can either select a photo or video from your Camera Roll or take a new one using the app’s camera.
- Tap on the “Allow replay” icon in the bottom-left corner. The icon will change to “Keep in chat”. Tap it again to change it to “View Once”.
Please note that this feature only works for photos and videos, not text messages.
Can the Recipient Screenshot the Disappearing Photo/Video?
Unfortunately, Instagram currently does not have a feature that prevents users from taking screenshots. Regardless of the type of photo you send – whether it’s allowed to be replayed, kept in chat, or viewed once – the other party can still capture a screenshot. However, if a screenshot is taken, you will be notified, and you will see a sun-like icon next to your Instagram DM.
Limitations of Disappearing Photos on Instagram
Disappearing photos on Instagram only work between accounts that mutually follow each other or have approved message requests. If the account you’re sending a message to doesn’t follow you back or hasn’t approved your messages, you won’t be able to send them disappearing photos or videos unless they follow you or accept your messages.
Retrieving Vanished Messages on Instagram
Unfortunately, there is no direct way to retrieve vanished messages on Instagram. However, you can request to download your account data from Instagram, which will include all the information that has passed through your account since it was created. This data will be sent to you in a .zip file within 24-48 hours.
In this article, we have discussed how to send a bomb or exploding message on Instagram. The exploding messages feature allows you to send photos and videos that can only be viewed once and cannot be replayed. If you send a photo that you regret, you can unsend it by tapping and long-pressing on the photo, then selecting “Unsend” from the menu. Remember that once a disappearing photo has been sent, the sender cannot open it again.
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