Instagram will be more like Messenger. This means that Instagram’s instant messages get a major update that takes the chat function to a new level. Instagram is to adopt the, according to Facebook, best features from the already existing Facebook Messenger app that has been around for a long time and is used by more than a billion people.
In total, more than ten new features will be added to “Instagram’s Messenger”. One of these is so-called Selfie stickers that mix boomerangs, emojis and selfies as a new way of responding to messages. There is also a mode that allows you to watch videos with your friends on IGTV during video calls, and another example where you can set a message to disappear after it is shown.
We recognize some features from the existing Messenger app, such as the ability to reply to a specific message, forward messages, and customizable chat colors and themes.
Other features that will be added:
- Communicate across apps (Messenger and Instagram) with family and friends.
- Custom emoji reactions.
- Animated message effects.
- Message Controls: Decide who can send messages directly to you and who can not send messages to you at all.
- Improved reporting and blocking of updates.
The functions are now starting to be rolled out gradually and will only be released in a small number of countries for testing.