How to Send Chat and Message in Reddit? (Step-by-Step Guide)

Reddit is a massive online social networking site where users can share and discuss a variety of posts, as well as discover new topics and communities.

Reddit has a messaging system through which users can connect with other users of the platform. If you are new to Reddit and don’t know how to send chat and message in Reddit.

Then we tell you to read this article till the end. In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to chat and message in Reddit and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Let’s Understand Reddit’s Messaging System

Before getting into the details of how to send chat and message in Reddit, it’s important to know about Reddit’s messaging system.

Reddit Chat vs Message

Reddit Chat and Reddit Message are two different features of the Reddit platform, although both features allow users to communicate with each other.

Reddit Chat is a real-time chat feature through which users can have private conversations with other users or users. Like other messaging apps, Reddit chat can send text, images, links, and emojis.

On the other hand, Reddit Message is a private messaging system through which users can send private messages to each other. Messages like Reddit Chat are not real-time, sent and received like email.

In short, users can communicate with each other with the help of both Reddit Chat and Reddit Messages features.

How to Send Chat and Message in Reddit?

How to Send Chat and Message in Reddit
How to Send Chat and Message in Reddit?

How to Send Chat in Reddit?

Now that we know about Reddit’s messaging system, let’s learn how to send a chat on Reddit.

Step 1: First, open the Reddit app on your phone.

Step 2: Click on the Chat option.

click on the chat option

Step 3: Click on the Start chatting button.

click on start chatting button

Step 4: Then search for the username of the user with whom you want to chat.

Step 5: After typing the username, that user’s profile will appear in front of you. Click on that profile.

search the username and click on the profile

Step 6: Click on Start chat.

click on start chat

Step 7: Type the message you want to send in the message box. You can add things like emojis and GIFs to the message if you want.

type the message you want to send

Step 8: Then click on the send icon.

click on the send icon

By following these steps above you can send chat to any user in Reddit.

How to Send Message in Reddit?

Now let’s know step by step how to send message in Reddit:

Step 1: First, open the Reddit app on your phone.

Step 2: Click on the Inbox option.

click on the inbox option

Step 3: Click on the three-dot icon next to the profile in the upper right corner.

click on the three dot icon

Step 4: Click on New message.

click on new message

Sending a message on Reddit is like composing an email in Gmail.

Step 5: Type the username of the user you want to send the message to. Type the subject of your message. Then type the message you want to send.

compose your message

Step 6: When the task of composing the message is complete, click on the SEND option.

click on send

Is Reddit Chat Private?

Reddit chats can be private or public. It depends on the settings chosen by the user.

If a user starts a chat with another user or users, that conversation will be visible only to those people.

More simply, if a user creates a public chat room, the entire conversation will be visible to everyone who joins that chat room.

It is important to note that Reddit can access all chats on its platform, even if they are private. According to Reddit’s privacy policy, they may collect and use information about users’ conversations to improve their service.

Therefore the conversation may be private between the users participating in the chat but it is not completely secure or confidential. So it is important to be aware before sharing anything in chat.

How to Send Chat Request on Reddit?

Reddit looks up the username first when sending any chat. Then a request for a chat conversation will go directly from your account to that Reddit user’s account.

The message you sent to a Reddit user. Reddit users can only chat with you if they accept your chat request.

The screenshot below shows how the chat request will go to the person you are sending the chat request to.

How to Send Pictures on Reddit DM?

The process of sending photos directly via Reddit DM chat is very simple. Below are the steps to send someone a picture from Reddit DM:

Step 1: First, open the Reddit app and log in.

Step 2: After opening the Reddit app, click on the chat icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2 click Chat icon

Step 3: After going to the chat icon click on the start chatting button.

Step 3 click start chatting

Step 4: Next, search for the username of the person you want to send a picture to using chatting and click on the start chat icon once the username is verified.

Step 4 click start chat

Step 5: From there click the camera icon to send a picture to that Reddit account user.

Step 5 click the camera icon

Step 6: Then select the picture you want to send and click on the add button.

Step 6 select picture click add button

Why Can’t I DM on Reddit?

There are several reasons why messages from Reddit Direct Messages or DMs may not go through. Those reasons are described below:

1. Account age: If your Reddit account is new, you won’t be able to send SMS from Reddit until your account is fully activated or verified. The Reddit platform is designed to prevent spam and abuse.

2. Karma requirements: Subreddit users must have a certain amount (action posts or upvotes on comments) to send direct messages. This way spam and abuse are prevented.

3. The user has blocked you: If you are unable to send a direct message to a particular person, you should assume that they have blocked you.

4. Technical issues: The Reddit platform may sometimes have technical issues. This is why you can’t message someone directly.

So log out of your Reddit account and back in to log in. Also, clear the Reddit app browser cache and cookies.

If the message still can’t be sent, you can try using the Reddit account from another device or browser.

If the above reasons don’t work. If you can’t send an SMS directly to someone. Then try contacting the Reddit team. You will get help from there.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are Reddit inbox messages?

Reddit inbox messages are known as direct messages or DM. Direct Messages is a messaging section of Reddit. Where you can send private SMS to friends on your Reddit account.

Is it safe to chat on Reddit?

Yes, of course, chatting from Reddit gives you privacy and security. Reddit takes your chat security seriously. However, as with any major online social media platform, you must verify the account when communicating with strangers.

Why can’t I chat or message on Reddit?

There are several reasons why you may not be able to send messages through Reddit. For example, using a new Reddit account, having too few inactive Reddit accounts, not meeting action requirements, etc. Also, Reddit moderators may close the messaging section of your Reddit account for any reason.

Can you send private messages on Reddit?

Yes, you can message anyone using the private messaging feature directly on Reddit. Messages are visible to people you send private messages to and you. Not everyone will see these messages on the Reddit site.


Reddit allows you to interact with other Reddit users with direct messaging, group chats, and chat requests. Each feature of Reddit has advantages and disadvantages.

Use Reddit’s features for your work needs. Follow some Reddit guidelines and policies when interacting with others on Reddit.

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