Facebook Launches App To App Messaging For Instagram And Messenger

Facebook has announced an update to Instagram DMs as they introduce a new Messenger experience on the app. In their latest integration move, Facebook said it is allowing select users on Messenger and Instagram to message one another app to app.

The Verge reports that in addition to the launch of cross-platform messaging, Instagram is also getting a major overhaul of its DM system, which will be expanded with features taken from Messenger. With the update, Facebook says it will be much easier to stay connected without thinking about which app to use to reach out to your friends and family. 

The integration comes with 10 new features to help you have fun on the go as you interact with close friends and loved ones. The upgrade features new Instagram messaging tools such as custom emoji, vanishing messages, chat colors, selfie stickers, a new unwanted messages blocking feature and the introduction of Messenger’s Watch Together feature, which lets you watch videos with friends during a video call.

The Verge also reports that users will be able to reject the update if they choose, but Facebook will no doubt be betting that access to new features will encourage them to say yes. In addition to cross-platform messaging, users on Instagram and Messenger can also search for profiles across both apps simultaneously. Users can opt out of these features if they wish.

It is currently unclear when and where Instagram and Messenger cross-platform messaging will be made available. CNN however reports that, the feature is currently being “tested in select markets and will expand globally in the coming months.” There’s no public timeline on when Facebook might also begin integrating its other messaging behemoth, WhatsApp.

Here are all the features coming soon to the new Messenger experience on Instagram:
  • Communicate Across Apps: Seamlessly connect with friends and family across Instagram and Messenger by using either app to send messages and join video calls.
  • Watch Together: Enjoy watching videos on Facebook Watch, IGTV, Reels (coming soon!), TV shows, movies, and more with friends and family during a video call.
  • Vanish Mode: Choose a mode where seen messages disappear after they’re seen or when you close the chat.
  • Selfie Stickers: Create a series of boomerang stickers with your selfie to use in conversation.
  • Chat Colors: Personalize your chats with fun color gradients.
  • Custom Emoji Reactions: Create a shortcut of your favorite emojis to react quickly to messages from friends.
  • Forwarding: Easily share great content with up to five friends or groups.
  • Replies: Respond directly to a specific message in your chat and keep the conversation flowing.
  • Animated Message Effects: Add visual flair to your message with animated send effects.
  • Message Controls: Decide who can message you directly, and who can’t message you at all.
  • Enhanced Reporting and Blocking Updates: Now you can report full conversations in addition to single messages on Instagram, and receive proactive blocking suggestions across Instagram and Messenger when you add your accounts in the new Accounts Center.


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