Disclaimer: We may earn a commission if you make any purchase by clicking our links. Please see our detailed guide here.

Follow us on:

Google News

Instagram is Ongoing Testing for Direct Messaging Through Desktops and Web Browsers

Bhaswati Sarkar
Bhaswati Sarkar
She likes to lose herself in music and daydreams quite often. Travelling excites her and photography is her passion- nature is her favorite subject. Writing is cathartic for her. A happy-go-lucky kind of person, she tries to remain calm and serene through daily life.

Join the Opinion Leaders Network

Join the Techgenyz Opinion Leaders Network today and become part of a vibrant community of change-makers. Together, we can create a brighter future by shaping opinions, driving conversations, and transforming ideas into reality.

Instagram is reportedly conducting internal testing of Instagram Direct Messaging for desktop apps and web browsers, possibly as a preparatory measure for the upcoming integration of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram Direct so as to expand encryption and allow cross-app chat.

A web version of Instagram Direct Messaging may enhance messaging services of the app as a platform meant for more than just discussing the contents of the app.

Facebook’s own chat feature was originally web-based, after which it got its own mobile Messenger app. WhatsApp, which was a mobile-based app, launched the WhatsApp Web a few years back. So, it can be anticipated that Instagram, too, would embrace the web.

Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) is to be thanked for her discovery of Instagram’s internally ‘dogfooding’ (being used and tested extensively by employees to identify bugs and bring in other necessary changes) the upcoming feature. Wong could access the feature from both a desktop computer and a mobile web browser.

She revealed that the web version Direct can be availed from a Direct arrow icon in the top right of the screen, which will make use of an URL structure of ‘Instagram.com/direct/….’ The photo upload feature is not on the web version yet.

Comparatively, the move by Instagram to bring messaging to desktop and web feels long overdue, and the app still is not user-friendly for desktop users of the app, such where, unlike Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories cannot be posted from the desktop; and Instagram added notifications feature as late as 2016 and Explore and other features only in 2017. Instagram had started testing a standalone Direct app last year, but there is no mention of its launch as of now.

Instagram declined to respond to requests for comment before press time, which would mean that the feature is still in the internal development stage.


Partner With Us

Digital advertising offers a way for your business to reach out and make much-needed connections with your audience in a meaningful way. Advertising on Techgenyz will help you build brand awareness, increase website traffic, generate qualified leads, and grow your business.

Power Your Business

Solutions you need to super charge your business and drive growth

More from this topic