Instagram is Testing a Standalone Messaging App Just Like Facebook Messenger


It seems like, Instagram is working hard to make its app more user-friendly and convenient. Just like its parent company, Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app, Direct. The app will work like Facebook Messenger. It means users can use this app for messaging to their Instagram friends.

Instagram is Testing a Standalone Messaging App Just Like Facebook Messenger

A few years ago, Facebook has launched its standalone messaging app, called Facebook Messenger. Now Facebook owned company, Instagram is working on a standalone app that will allow its users to communicate with their Instagram friends. However, this app is not currently available for all. As the app is in testing phase, it is available in some selected countries.

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Currently, this app is available in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. If a user in one of those countries downloads Direct, their inbox from the main app goes away and is replaced by this new standalone app for private messaging with other Instagram users.

According to the Instagram,

We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is a big part of that. To make it easier and more fun for people to connect in this way, we are beginning to test Direct – a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram.

However, we are not sure when this app will be available for all. But we can say that soon it will be available in other countries as well.

Moreover, according to some reports, Instagram is also Testing GIF Search for Stories. In its upcoming update, we can see bunch of new features. There will be an automatic archiving option for all your stories, hashtag and emoji search options, and the ability to follow hashtags to get top posts and stories on a particular trend.

For More Details Also Read: Instagram is Testing GIF Search for Stories

Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger focuses on providing the latest information regarding the innovations happening in the IT world. She likes reading, photography, travelling and exploring nature.
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