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Instagram Says It’s Testing Direct Messaging on the Web

Instagram Says It’s Testing Direct Messaging on the Web

by January 15, 2020 Tech Updates
Instagram Says It's Testing Direct Messaging on the Web

Instagram users will soon be able to have conversations over the platform’s web client

  • A new “message” button will let users create chats from profile screen
  • Instagram users will also be able to share posts with each other via DMs
  • Users will also get Instagram notifications if a web browser supports it

Facebook-owned Instagram has started testing its Direct messaging feature to its desktop site, meaning now one can finally keep up with their conversations from browser.

“DMs, but make them desktop. We are currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Facebook’s plans to allow Instagram DMs over the web were first revealed last year by noted app leaker Jane Manchun Wong.

For those of you into your DMs, today we start to test Direct on the desktop web. Now, it’s only a small percentage of people for now — we need to make sure it works well — but we hope to bring this to everyone soon. 

Instagram starts bringing DMs to the web

At long last.

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With the upcoming update, users will be able to create chats from the profile screen via a newly added “message” button and one may also able to share posts to others via DM as well as receive notifications on desktop if the browser supports it.

It also said social media platforms would extend end-to-end encryption from WhatsApp to include Instagram Direct and all of Facebook Messenger, though it could take years to complete, TechCrunch reports.