Instagram also gains new chat features.
Earlier this year, Facebook hinted that it is planning to merge all of its messaging platforms on Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp into one app and now it looks like we’re seeing the first phase of the merger.
First, Facebook is upgrading Instagram DMs that will now introduce the same features from Messenger. This includes inline replies, message forwarding, and customizable chat colors. Almost all of Messenger’s features will make its way to Instagram DMs.
Ultimately, both Messenger and Instagram DMs (and soon for WhatsApp) will all be integrated. In fact, some users have already started getting prompts about the merger that lets you message your Instagram contacts right from the Messenger app. This can be confusing for some that is for sure, which is why Facebook is making the upgrade optional in case you don’t want to use it.
“Messages and calls from friends and family using Instagram will stay in your Instagram app. The main change is that people using the Messenger app can now reach you on Instagram without you needing to download a new app, and vice versa. You can also control where you receive messages and calls, such as in your chats, in your message requests or not at all,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Facebook is rolling out the new update to a select number of users, but it should eventually find its way to everyone’s devices soon.