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How to Send One Time Photo on Instagram

By Suneha


Instagram is a widely used social media platform where users interact and share pictures or videos with their followers. As a popular social media application, Instagram has additionally added a feature that allows people in group chats and individual messages to share pictures which you can view only once. In today’s article, we will show you how to send one time photo on Instagram with and without replay.


How to Send One Time Photo on Instagram Without Replay

Here are the steps that you can follow to send one time photo on Instagram without replay. You can send this to an individual private DM or a group chat but the people you share it with can only see it once.

Step 1: Open Instagram.

Step 2: Click on the inbox icon in the top-right corner.

Step 3: Go to the chat where you want to share a one time photo. Now, click on the Camera icon on the left side of your messaging box.

Step 4: You can click a photo or send a picture from your existing gallery with or without using any filter.

Step 5: Once you have selected the photo, click on ‘Send.’

Step 6: The one time photo has been sent to the user(s) but cannot be accessed again by them if they have seen it once.

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How to Send One Time Photo On Instagram With Replay

Sometimes, you might want to share a photo with your friends and groups which can be viewed by them twice (in case they did not see the photo properly the first time). Here’s how you can send a one time photo with the replay button enabled.

Step 1: Go to Instagram.

Step 2: Click on the Messaging icon.

Step 3: Go to the group chat or the friend you want to send the photo to.

Step 4: Now, select the photo you want to send.

Step 5: Once you have selected, you will find a feature called ‘Allow Replay’ on the bottom-left corner of your screen. Enable that feature and send it to the viewer.

And voila, you are done!


Why Send a One Time Photo on Instagram?

Sending a one time photo on Instagram can seem to be rather unreasonable but there are many reasons why people choose to send a one time photo or disappearing messages.

1. Safety and Privacy: One time photos help maintain the privacy and safety of the person sharing the photo without storing the data and photo in the recipient’s device. This can be quite useful when sharing sensitive information and data.

2. Spontaneity and Entertainment: One time photos add a sense of spontaneity and mysteriousness. They can create a sense of excitement which makes users get engaged and interact with the media more.

3. Reducing Clutter: Since one time photos can only be seen once and do not store extra data, they help users avoid cluttering their message history with images that don’t need to be kept for a long time, making the conversations smoother and more organized.

4. Content Control: One time photos are a good way to control content as the sender knows that users on the receiving side cannot screenshot the pictures or share them without their permission. Once again, this is quite important for sensitive and personal information.

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Sending one time photos on Instagram is a great way to interact with your friends, group members, and family members. For instance, you can go on a vacation and send snippets of your trip through one time photos to keep your viewers fascinated. If you like this article, please do share it!


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