Are Instagram messages encrypted ? What’s true ?

What is encrypted messaging ? How does Instagram protect messaging ?

Are Instagram messages encrypted ? This is a question that must have come across your mind if you take security seriously.

Obviously, we’ll will talk about this in this article but you must have noticed, on the other hand WhatsApp do claim all the messages on the WhatsApp are end to end encrypted.

They claim even WhatsApp can’t read those encrypted messages !

After knowing this that WhatsApp and Instagram belong to the same parent company, that is meta ( formerly Facebook ), shouldn’t Instagram messages be end to end encrypted ? Let’s find out.

What is encrypted messaging ?

Encrypted messaging provides users an extra layer of security. It allows chats to be read,seen,heard by only the sender and receiver.

It simply forms an end to end connection and doesn’t allow any third party to interfere between sender and receiver.

How does end to end encryption protect messages ?

According to Instagram, in end to end conversation there is a special key to unlock messages on Instagram. Either a sender has this key or a receiver.

Instagram basically locks the messages once they are sent and can only be unlocked by the receiver with the help of this key. So, no other person can read those messages.

But remember one thing if a receiver chooses to share these chats or messages to the third person, he/she will be able to read these messages.

Why should you care about encryption ? How do I know my Instagram messages are secure ?

Are Instagram messages already encrypted ?

Well,Instagram messages are not end to end encrypted as of now. A little while ago some screenshots surfaced online, that showed Instagram is providing an option to enable end to end encryption.

Surprisingly, Instagram has also a blog that teaches you how to enable end to end encryption. But then there’s no option available for users to enable it.

According to the reports by TechCrunch, Instagram made this end to end encryption available for users in Ukraine & Russia.

Another report by IndiaToday suggests that Instagram has delayed end to end till 2023.


Well at the end, we come to the conclusion that neither Instagram messages are end to end encrypted by default nor there’s any option available for users to enable it manually.

According to the reports, Instagram delayed it till 2023.

If encryption is that much important to you, you should not use direct messaging on Instagram. Use WhatsApp, instead. WhatsApp claims to have encryption enabled by default.