How to activate cryptography from point to point in DM on Instagram

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End-to-end cryptography on Instagram is a security resource that guarantees that messages are sent only by the sender of the recipient of the DM (direct messages). The social network allows this type of cryptography to be activated in each convert, individually.

Instagram does not maintain end-to-end cryptography enabled by the owner. It is also not possible to activate protection in all DMs at once. You must do the change manually in the desired chats.

Also, conversations with end-to-end cryptography are activated separately from the chat without the resource.

Next, see how to activate cryptography from point to point in DM on Instagram.

1. Open Instagram DMs to find your conversations

Open Instagram on your Android phone or iPhone and touch the DM button, with the ball symbol, in the top right corner.

Open Instagram DMs to find conversations (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

2. Tap on chat to activate end-to-end crypto on Instagram

Find a conversation on the list of direct Instagram messages to activate cryptography point by point. Use the “Search” field to start a chat with a profile that is not appearing on that list.

Tap on chat to activate end-to-end crypto on Instagram (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

3. Tap the chat top to open the DM options on Instagram

Tap on the username as you chat via DM, on the chat screen on Instagram.

Tap the chat top to open the DM options on Instagram (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

4. Select “Privacy and Security” to find the encryption option

Tap the “Privacy and Security” option that appears on the screen that provides profile details that you can chat via DM. A fabric with configurations will be shown.

Check "Use end-to-end cryptography" on Instagram (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

5. Check “Use end-to-end crypto” on Instagram

Tap the item “Use end-to-end encryption” in the settings menu displayed on Instagram. Now it's just time to start a conversation. All messages exchanged with people in this way will be encrypted.

Check "Use end-to-end cryptography" on Instagram (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

Does end-to-end cryptography work like a secret conversation on Instagram?

No. End-to-end cryptography protects the chat to prevent identical exchanged messages from being intercepted by third parties. The conversations still appear in your DMs area, along with things that are not encrypted, but you also have a private account on Instagram.

The closest resource for a secret conversation is the temporary mode of Instagram, activated when you open a bat-papo and drag the fabric to the top. Please note, some messages after you or the recipient have spoken or deactivated that function.

Day to discover if a conversation on Instagram has cryptography point by point?

Sim. All non-Instagram chats protected with cryptography soon display a notice about that resource not starting the conversation. Also, the DMs page displays a small chain below the contact name to indicate that the conversation is encrypted.

How to find out if a conversation on Instagram has cryptography point by point?  (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

Why can't I activate cryptography in some Instagram DMs?

Instagram does not allow you to activate cryptography directly in the DMs of professional or commercial accounts. This is because these accounts can be integrated into third-party tools that manage conversations, such as performing data analysis for displaying advertisements or other marketing strategies.

Why does Instagram separate chats with crypto from end to end?

Instagram DMs are armed on Meta servers. When the user chooses to use end-to-end cryptography, the app requires that DMs be sent directly to the recipient, without depending on a server structure, for the reason that they need to be sent separately from non-encrypted messages.

This is a different approach than WhatsApp, which, by never storing messages on servers, allows you to converse with one another without cryptography between the same users together.

Can I deactivate end-to-end crypto on Instagram?

No, but it is possible to exclude a chat using cryptography by clicking on the DMs page, touching for a few seconds on the button to be turned off and selecting the “Exclude” option — in iOS, just drag or drop the chat to left to see the exclusion button. This option only turns off the chat on the cell phone. If you have another smartphone, you must execute the procedure on it as well.

Excluding conversations in DM on Instagram (image: Emerson Alecrim/The USA Print)

How to activate cryptography from point to point in DM on Instagram