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New Instagram DM Flirting Method Makes Use of the ‘Love’ Theme

Several TikTok users have found a new flirting app using Instagram DMs. With traditional dating apps on the decline, this new method is having surprising results.

A conversation showing the instagram love theme.
Several TikTok users have found a new flirting app using Instagram DMs. With traditional dating apps on the decline, this new method is having surprising results. Credit: Instagram/Selenator20049

Instagram’s new DM flirting hack—the ‘love’ theme—is having surprising results. 

With dating apps like Tinder and Bumble on the decline, many hopeful romantics are turning to an alternative online dating method to find their next date: Instagram DMs. But, sometimes, it can be difficult to get the right message across, especially online. Luckily, many TikTok users have found a solution: the ‘love’ theme. 

This feature was originally introduced in November 2020 but has gained a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The ‘love’ theme sets a chat’s background to serene, romantic hearts. TikTok users have taken to the platform to share their love-filled conversations, collecting millions of likes and views. 

An Instagram DM screenshot with the 'love' theme.
Many TikTok users have taken to this new flirting hack. Credit: TikTok/@GRACIECHURCHILL72772

This flirting hack is fairly straightforward. You find someone that you’re interested in on Instagram, and send them a message. To make sure they know you’re romantically interested in them, you can change your DM theme to ‘love.’ 

Not sure how to do this? We’ve got you covered with a step-by-step tutorial. First, select your conversation with that special someone to be, tap on the chat name at the top, and choose “theme” to see all of your options. These include themes like “Olivia Rodrigo,” “Louis Vuitton,” and “Bubble Tea.” Scroll down and tap on the “love” option. The person you’re texting will get a notification that you’ve changed the theme to “love,” and your chat background will be filled with hearts. 

Many TikTok users have posted their own videos showing how this has helped them take their flirting game to the next level or at least get a good laugh out of their crush. 

A screenshot showing an Instagram conversation using the love theme.
Even if the hack doesn’t get them a date, users are at least getting a laugh out of their crush. Credit: TikTok/@GREWFOND

Most of the videos show conversations from the beginning, starting with sending a message to someone who caught their eye. Once their crush answers and the user deems them love-worthy, they update the conversation theme to reflect their own feelings. 

While this trick can seem fun and flirty, just remember that the person you’re texting will also see the new theme. One TikToker, @tiziana.mariaa, apparently did not know this and set the ‘love’ theme for a conversation with someone she barely knew. She laughed off the awkward accident, saying in the following post, “Me after changing our Insta chat wallpaper to the ‘love’ themed one thinking only I will be able to see it (I’ve known him for about three minutes).” She didn’t realize the mistake she had made until several hours after the damage had been done. 

Whether you decide to use this flirting hack or not is up to you. Just make sure you’re ready to take that step and confess your ‘love’ before taking any drastic actions in your DMs. 

An upset woman looking at her phone.
One user didn’t realize both people in the conversation would see the ‘love’ theme. Credit: Shutterstock/fizkes

Are you more interested in flirting in person rather than through messages? Check out this article on Craig Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show. Get all of Ferguson’s tips and tricks to win over your next love interest effortlessly. 

Looking to get more DMs from your admirers? Read this article on how to craft the perfect Instagram bio.

Mary Christine is currently studying English and French at Michigan Technological University. She enjoys reading mystery novels, watching horror movies, and spending a significant amount of her paycheck on coffee.

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