Accessing Instagram DMs on the web has been one of the most requested features among others and the giant Facebook-owned photo and video sharing platform is finally rolling out that feature to its users. Instagram began teasing this feature early this year and people who literally live on their laptops breathed a sigh of relief.
Well, now the Instagram DMs Tab is live at least for most users as the platform begins officially rolling out this feature worldwide.
Before this feature became available, Instagram’s power users had to use workarounds to access their direct messages on the web including getting browser extensions, third-party apps, using the official Instagram app for Windows 10, going on developer mode and accessing the platform via mobile web.
The Instagram DMs Tab which can be accessed using this link now lets you:
- Create new groups or start a chat with another person straight from the Dmscreen or their profile page.
- Double-tap a message to like it
- Share photos from the desktop
- See how many messages you haven’t read
- Get DM notifications
Instagram DMs on the web is a welcome addition to people who heavily use the feature such as brands, influencers and social media managers.
Private messaging has become an essential focus for Facebook especially across its family of apps. The social media giant is planning to integrate messaging across its apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messaging.
They recently killed Instagram Direct to launch Threads, a standalone camera-centric messaging app lets you stay connected to your close friends by messaging them and having a dedicated inbox and notifications just for them.
The app later had disappointing download numbers during its first weeks. Are you still using it?
DMs, but make them desktop. 👍
We’re currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/VJ06EpETxG
— Instagram (@instagram) January 14, 2020