Facebook has begun merging Instagram with Messenger to enable an integrated chat system on both the apps. Instagram users (Android and iOS) will soon see the DM icon on top right corner of their home screen be replaced by the Messenger logo. Clicking on this will allow users to browse through a new colourful messaging screen, where they will be able to chat with friends who use Facebook.
The feature is likely rolled out in stages, as not all users are able to see the new feature on Instagram yet.
Some users have already reported that they have started receiving pop-up messages on Instagram. The message read, “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram,” listing some new features. Apart from allowing users to “chat with friends who use Facebook,” the new features includes a colourful overhaul of the chat screen, emoji reactions, and swiping right to reply to messages instantly.
The pop-up also said that if users choose not to update the app, they can still receive message requests from Facebook accounts. However, at this point it is unclear if you will be able to message Facebook users from Instagram.