Facebook is merging Messenger with direct messages from Instagram that will allow users to access both chats from the same place.
Facebook allows users to merge their Messenger Inbox with Instagram Direct to send messages across platforms from the same place.
Once you open the Instagram app, you can see an alert reminding you of this merging.
“There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram,” the pop-up reads.
The report also highlights the following benefits of integrating the two chat platforms:
- New colourful look for your chats
- React with emoji
- Swipe to reply to messages
- Chat with friends who use Facebook
Before you start updating, you should know that your Instagram direct message will fully change.
Instagram Direct will now look much more like Facebook Messenger unexpectedly. The Messenger icon also replaces the icon at the top right of the screen on Instagram.
This is an optional update so if you like the thing as it is, can just ignore the message.
If you like Instagram DM’s classic style and want to handle the two inboxes separately like previously, choose the “Not Now” option at the ends of the alert.
Users who are likely to merge inbox can choose the “Update” option.
The Pop up will likely look like this:
This update will be most beneficial for non-active Instagram users on Facebook.
It helps non-Facebook users to maintain contact with friends and families who want to contact through Messenger.
Now, on either side, there is no compromise required. Messenger users can interact without leaving their platform of choice with Instagram users.
Facebook Cross-Platform Messaging
SEJ Reported in January 2019 that Facebook is looking to merge its instant messaging platforms.
A statement from a Facebook spokesperson reads:
“[We want to] build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.
We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”
The pandemic, which forced Facebook instead to concentrate on live streaming, smashed older plans.
The COVID-19 lockdown caused the live-streaming revolution, which led to more time on Facebook at home.
Facebook had to stop working on other projects in order to satisfy the demand for live streaming.
After its live-streaming capabilities have been improved, Facebook appears to be working on older projects where it has stopped.