Instagram has updated its direct messaging feature – Direct. The update will combine DMs, auto-disappearing photos, videos and text conversations in a single thread.
“Texts and reshares will now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos so you can seamlessly go back and forth with your friends,” Instagram revealed in a post.
With this update, users will see new disappearing messages in their DMs highlighted in blue to distinguish them from the text conversations. And to play fair, when you tap a disappearing message it will replay once and the sender will be notified if you replay or take a screenshot.
– Simply swipe left into Direct and tap the new blue camera icon at the bottom to take a disappearing photo or video, or tap the blue camera icon in an existing thread. As always, swiping right from feed will take you directly to the camera.
– Tap the arrow to send it to individual friends or groups of friends.
– Keep track of who has seen your message through notifications within the thread.
When you receive new disappearing messages, they’ll be highlighted blue in your inbox. Tap to view them and you can replay them once. The sender will be notified if you replay or screenshot the message.
Here’s a video to show you how it works:
The photo-sharing app has revealed that ‘the number of people using Direct has grown from 300 million to 375 million.’
The new Direct is available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 10.16.