Instagram Direct Messages to be available on desktop as the company confirms it is testing a web version with a ‘small percentage’ of users that will work just like the mobile service
- Instagram confirmed Tuesday that it is testing Direct Messages on desktop
- A small group of users have access to the new version that works like mobile
- Notifications can be enabled in browsers while using the service on a PC
- A complete roll out of the desktop version has yet to be released by Instagram
Instagram Direct Messages (DM) has found a new home – your desktop.
The social media giant confirmed Tuesday that a small group of users is testing a web version of the messaging service.
The PC service is said to be similar to that on mobile –users can create new groups or start a chat with someone either from the DM screen or a profile page, as well as share pictures and videos.
The release is only available to a ‘small percentage’, but Instagram told The Verge that ‘more details on a potential wide-scale roll out will come in the future.’
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Instagram Direct Messages (DM) has found a new home – your desktop. The social media giant confirmed Tuesday that a small group of users are testing a web version of the messaging service
Instagram launched Direct Messages back in 2013 and has become a popular way for people to communicate over the years.
And the desktop version is set to work just like the mobile version.
Users can enable notifications in their browser so they do not miss any messages, comments or likes.
Vishal Shah, head of product for Instagram, tweeted on Tuesday: ‘I promise we listen to your feedback. We are testing something we consistently hear from power users of Instagram Direct: access via desktop web!’
The PC service is said to be similar to that on mobile –users can create new groups or start a chat with someone either from the DM screen or a profile page, as well as share pictures and videos
This is the first that Instagram has confirmed the web version testing, but in February 2019 the firm was found to be internally testing the feature, TechCrunch reported.
Facebook, the owner of Instagram, has put a lot of focus on messaging.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The New York Times last spring that the social media firm plans to let Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users message each other, regardless of the platform they are on.
“People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely,’ the tech tycoon said.
‘We plan to start by making it possible for you to send messages to your contacts using any of our services, and then to extend that interoperability to SMS too.’
‘You can imagine many simple experiences — a person discovers a business on Instagram and easily transitions to their preferred messaging app for secure payments and customer support; another person wants to catch up with a friend and can send them a message that goes to their preferred app without having to think about where that person prefers to be reached; or you simply post a story from your day across both Facebook and Instagram and can get all the replies from your friends in one place.’