Facebook merges Messenger with Instagram

Published October 1, 2020, 4:08 PM

by Gabriela Baron

Messenger and Instagram users will now be able to send chats, photos and videos back and forth between the two platforms.


On September 30, Facebook announced that they will start replacing the direct messaging service within Instagram with a version of its Messenger app.

“People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever. More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends,” Facebook said in a press release Wednesday.

The social network giant said the integration will give users “the best messaging experience.”

Facebook also added new Instagram messaging tools including vanishing messages, selfie stickers and a Watch Together feature that lets users watch videos with friends on IGTV during video call.

The integration will bring familiar features from Messenger to Instagram such as replying to specific messages, forwarding a message and customizable chat colors and themes.