Skip to main content

Instagram Direct is getting simpler with all your messages in the same spot

Introducing the New Instagram Direct
Instagram is ending the back and forth between permanent chats and disappearing photos — in an update launched Tuesday, Direct conversations will now appear in the same thread, whether or not they are designed to disappear later.

Before the update, the disappearing messages would appear at the top in the Stories bar inside the Instagram Direct screen, while the normal chat threads were at the bottom of the screen. Now, both messages live inside the same thread. The temporary photos and videos still disappear after being viewed — once they are gone, they are marked in the conversations with a note like “sent a photo.”

The change is designed to make conversations more seamless since the social media giant launched the Snapchat-esque disappearing photos and videos in November. Now, Instagram says the Direct messaging platform has 375 million users, a 75 million user increase since the launch of the disappearing photos and videos late last year.

Access to Direct is still a left swipe inside the Instagram app and the blue camera icon takes a disappearing photo or video. Once the message is viewed, it disappears but the sender still gets notifications on who viewed the image — as well as if anyone took a screenshot of the message that was only supposed to be viewed once.

The change is a small one, but it makes the disappearing photos part of a more normal chat thread, where users can view the history without actually seeing those messages that are not designed to last.

Instagram, of course, is not done tweaking its chat platform either. “We want to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with your friends,” the announcement reads. “Stay tuned for more.”

The update is now live for both iOS and Android, with both versions as number 10.16.

Editors' Recommendations

Hillary K. Grigonis
Hillary never planned on becoming a photographer—and then she was handed a camera at her first writing job and she's been…
Having trouble accessing your Instagram account? You’re not alone
Instagram being used on an iPhone.

Instagram appears to be down right now, but the glitch many users are reporting is an odd one. It's not just that users are having trouble accessing the popular photo- and video-sharing app, but they're also having trouble accessing their own accounts and have reported being hit with account suspension notices.

On Monday morning, the apparent Instagram outage was reported by users on Twitter and on Downdetector. Both sites included numerous reports saying that users suddenly lost access to their IG accounts and were given account suspension notices.

Read more
Get ready: there could be more ads in Instagram’s future
Instagram app on the Google Play Store on an Android smartphone.

It's possible that Instagram users will see more ads in their favorite photo- and video-sharing app going forward as parent company Meta is apparently experimenting with new kinds of ads.

MarketWatch reported on Tuesday that Meta announced that Instagram would see "three new advertising types." These new ad types are Explore ads, profile feed ads, and the third type was described as a "multi-advertiser ad."

Read more
Instagram is building a ‘nudity protection’ tool for your DMs
Instagram app on the Google Play Store on an Android smartphone.

Instagram's latest push to give users more control over what they see in the popular photo and video sharing app, may also include what users see in their DMs as well.

On Wednesday, The Verge reported that Instagram was working on a new (optional) tool that would hide unwanted nude photos sent to users via DMs. The still-in-development feature was spotted by Alessandro Paluzzi, who posted a screenshot of the tool on Twitter.

Read more