The news originally broke in the beginning of the year that Instagram DM online would soon be rolling out on the web version, and now it's been confirmed: Instagram direct messages are now part of the desktop computer experience. Now you can send Instagram DM online with your laptop or PC.
They're rolling out to users, so if you don't see it from your profile yet, you can expect it to show up soon. The Verge noted that the rollout of Instagram DMs actually started on April 10th. Eventually Instagram direct messages on computers will be available to everyone.
The best part of being able to
Instagram DM online is that now we'll have more options in how we choose to check and respond to Instagram DMs — we don't have to always reach for a phone or tablet, especially if we're using a computer.
1) Hit your Instagram profile from your desktop or laptop computer
2) Look for the direct message icon in the upper right corner, it looks like this:
3 Access your messages by clicking on the icon
This is great when you're managing a lot of Instagram direct messages for a business or creator account. You can crank away responding to a larger number of messages on your computer and not be forced to use a tiny mobile keyboard or edit your voice to text translations.
Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram users will eventually be able to direct message each other from the different platforms.
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Both Instagram and Facebook have a renewed focus on the online/desktop as well as messaging. I think they're looking to expand use of their platforms and have been thinking about and testing features for people to use Instagram on computers as well as mobile devices. If you need to stuff more ads in front of people, you need more places and users to do that, right?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that “private messaging, groups, and Stories” were the “three fastest-growing areas of online communication,” when speaking to the New York Times earlier this year.
It's starting to be called Instagram Direct, which hints at the possibilty that Instagram DMs functionality might also someday exists in a stand-alone app, much as Facebook made Facebook Messenger a stand-alone app even though you can still use the same functionality inside of Facebook.
If someone you don’t follow sends you an Instagram direct message, it will show up in your inbox. You can decline or allow the message by swiping left on the message (iOS) or tap and hold the message (Android) then select "Delete" or "Accept."
The great thing about having Instagram DMs online is that you can send them using your laptop or PC. Whether you have an Instagram business or Instagram creator account, or even a standard account, it's much easier and faster to type on a computer keyboard than on a mobile phone. With this addition also comes the new capability for Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram users to send direct messages to each other.