Get Instagram Messenger features to enjoy awesome new ways to chat with friends on Facebook

To get Instagram Messenger features, update app now? Here are the steps you need to follow.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:53 IST
Know how to update to Instagram Messenger features here. (REUTERS)
Know how to update to Instagram Messenger features here. (REUTERS)

If you are an Instagram user, then you should try out the Messenger features on this app. It provides fascinating new ways to interact with your friends, not just on Instagram, but also with those on Facebook without having to leave the app. The Instagram Messenger features are available for both Android and iPhone users. The Instagram Messenger features allow you to connect in new ways with friends who use Facebook and Instagram. You will be able to use new messaging features such as swipe to reply to messages, react with any emoji and chat with friends who use Facebook – all without leaving Instagram.

As per the information provided by Instagram on its help page, you will automatically be able to receive message requests and video chats from Facebook accounts directly on the Instagram app. You will be found by Facebook accounts based on your Instagram account's public info (e.g. profile picture, username, bio); search for friends who use Messenger by typing their Facebook name.

However, if you want to reply to a message from or send a message to a Facebook account, you will need to update to Messenger features on Instagram.

Instagram Messenger features

If you update to Messenger features on Instagram, you will have access to new messaging features. In chats with friends who use Facebook and Instagram, you will be able to:

1. Send messages, disappearing messages and start video chats

2. Reshare posts

3. Change your chat theme

4. React with any emoji and add effects to your messages

5. Send animated selfie stickers

6. Watch videos together

7. Swipe to reply to messages

8. Forward messages to Instagram accounts only

It can be noted that certain Messenger features on Instagram are not available in chats with more than two people.

How to update to Messenger Features on Instagram

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Step 1:

You can update from Direct to Messenger features on the Instagram app by tapping direct in the top right, then tap Update. You can also:

Step 2:

Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.

Step 3:

Tap more options in the top right, then tap Settings.

Step 4:

Tap Update messaging, then tap Update.

Step 5:

If you see Messenger in the top right, you have updated to Messenger features on Instagram.

Step 6:

It can be noted that once you update to Instagram Messenger features, you will not be able to go back to using Direct.

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First Published Date: 21 Mar, 15:15 IST