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Instagram finally lets you send DMs on the web

On: April 13, 2020

After months of testing, Instagram is finally bringing a much requested feature to its web interface – Direct Messages. Popularly known as DMs, Instagram’s private messaging feature is popular within the app. Instagram has been testing DMs on the web since January, and has now started rolling out the feature to all users across the world. The company made the announcement on its Twitter handle. The feature is now live for all users, and we were able to independently verify and use it on multiple accounts. The messages interface on the web is similar to that on the app, with the main difference being a two-column view for all messages and individual chats.

Instagram Direct Messages now available on desktop

The web interface for Instagram DMs will feel right at home if you use it on the mobile app. To open messages, you need to click on the ‘arrow’ icon in the top-right corner. This will open up your inbox. Messages are displayed in a two-colum format, with the list of all your previous on the left. Clicking on a particular message opens up the respective messaging thread on the right. All the options from the mobile app, including emoji, the ability to attach media files and like a message are all there on the web app. There’s also an icon at the top right of your messages list that lets you search for a profile and send a new message. Additionally, profiles now have a message button above their bio as well.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had revealed last year that the company plans on unifying all three of its apps – Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp – and allow users to message each other across platforms. Bringing Instagram DMs to the web seems to be in a move in that direction.

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Ketaki Bhojnagarwala

Ketaki has over 10 years experience writing on tech, having worked at the Hindu Business Line and 91mobiles earlier. When she's not editing copies or reviewing the latest gadgets, she spends her time binge-watching Netflix and reading fantasy fiction.