Since Instagram is mainly a photo-sharing platform, you may have exchanged many photos & videos with your friends in a chat.

There are no restrictions on exchanging photos and videos on the platform, but at times, you may find it difficult to access the photos you have sent, and you may want to recheck them.

So, is it possible to view the photos sent on Instagram chat? Yes! A workaround lets you view all media files shared in a DM. Here’s what you need to do.

View Sent Photos on Instagram

Note: We have used an Android device to demonstrate the steps. The steps are the same for Instagram for iPhone.

1. First, open the Instagram app on your Android/iPhone and log in to your account.

2. Once logged in, tap on the Messenger icon at the top-right corner of the screen.


3. This will open the conversation page on your Instagram. Here, you need to select the chat in which you wish to see the messages containing the photos.

4. When the chat panel opens, tap on the username next to their profile picture.

tap on the username

5. This will open the Chat Details page. Scroll down to the Posts & Reels or ‘Photos & Videos‘ section. Next, tap on the ‘See all‘ button.

Photos & Videos

6. Now you will see all the photos & videos you have sent in the chat.

After knowing the correct way to check sent photos and videos, you won’t have to scroll through the chats to check the media files individually.

How to See Disappearing Photos sent on Instagram

In 2021, Instagram launched a new feature that allowed users to send disappearing photos and videos. With this feature, you can share messages and photos and set them to disappear after a set time.

Now, if you’re wondering if you can see disappearing photos sent on Instagram, NO, you can’t. There’s no option to access the disappearing photos you have sent someone on chat.

However, Instagram does allow you to see the status of a disappearing photo or video you’ve sent on the chat. To do so, follow the steps shared below.

See Disappearing Photos sent on Instagram

1. First, open the Instagram app on your Android or iOS.

2. Next, tap on the Messenger icon in the top-right corner.

3. Select the conversation where you’ve sent the disappearing photo.

4. Just below the disappearing photo, you will see the status. If someone has taken a screenshot of your message, you will see a dotted circle next to it.


We understand you may have questions about Instagram photos sent in a DM. Below, we have answered a few of the most asked questions.

Can I see disappearing photos I sent on Instagram?

You can replay the photos when they’re available. Once they disappear, you cannot see them again. Also, you can replay a photo or video you received only if the sender has allowed it to replay.

Can I recover unsend photos on Instagram?

No, there’s no way to recover unsend photos on Instagram. However, quite a few tools available on the web claim to do so. Avoiding such tools is recommended because they are not genuine and can invite security & privacy risks.

How long can you see Instagram Photos sent on DM?

A photo sent on a DM stays there forever. It will remain in the DM unless the user account is deleted, the photo is reported and taken down, or the user deletes the photo manually.

How to see someone’s deleted Instagram photos?

If the user deletes the photo, there’s no way to view it again. If you post a photo and it’s deleted, you can view it from the Recently Deleted folder.

This guide explains how to see photos sent on the Instagram app. If you need more help viewing all your sent photos on Instagram, let us know in the comments. Also, if the article helped you, share it with your friends.


  1. I dont have this lay out of instagram and hence not able to see all my photos . When i scroll down in my layout it doesnt scroll beyong a point . What shall i do


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