How to Turn Off and Limit Story Reply on Instagram

Disable Instagram Story Reply

One challenge that Instagram users encounter is the inundation of story replies. While feedback and engagement are fundamental to social media interaction, there are instances where users may prefer to limit or entirely turn off story replies. Knowing how to navigate these settings effectively can enhance one's Instagram experience. In this article, we will explain managing story replies on Instagram. We'll explore the steps to both limit and disable story replies with a photo guide. 

Instagram Story Reply Explained

Replying to an Instagram story is straight forward. To reply a story on Instagram you need to follow these steps:

  1. First, enter Instagram and open the story you want.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, you will see the option titled "Send Message", tap on it.
    instagram story reply
  3. You can send reactions through emojis or your own avatar.
  4. If you don't use reactions, you can write and reply in text.
    instagram story reply

👻Also Read:  view Instagram Stories anonymously

How to Stop People from Replying your Instagram Story

Instagram settings by default make everyone able to reply to your story. But you don't need to go through a complicated way to disable it. First, we are going to explain Instagram story settings options. These options are different for private and public accounts as mentioned in the tables below:

Public Instagram Accounts




This option includes all users, whether you follow or not. Even users who don't follow you can replay your story if you set this.

People You Follow

Only people who you have followed can replay your story.


No one can reply to your story.


Private Instagram Accounts




Allow replies from all followers

All your followers can respond to your stories and highlights.

Allow replies from followers you follow back

Only those who you follow can reply.

Don't allow story replies

No one can reply to your story.


Now, according to the tables above, you can disable or limit story replies. Don't forget that these steps are the same on iPhone and Android.

  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile. At the top of the screen, tap on the three horizontal lines and go to settings.
  2. At the bottom of the menu select "Messages and story replies".
    disable story reply
  3. Now choose "Story replies".
  4. According to the options explained in the tables above, choose one.
    disable replies in insta

Note that you will only close your story replies and users can still send you messages via direct.

FAQ about Closing Story Reply


Comments :
$ Rich Man $

1 week ago

can we set a ready message for story replies?

Anycontrol: No, it's possible to set a ready message only for the Instagram direct messages.


2 weeks ago

So actually we can control who can replay our story and who can't yea?

Anycontrol: Yes It is. You can manage your Instagram story settings and set limits for those who can send you story replies.

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