The paper airplane icon in the upper right corner will soon be replaced with the Messenger lightning bolt and speech bubble. On August 14, several Instagram users received a pop-up message informing them of the update.
The update brings more colors and emoji reactions to Instagram inboxes, as well as the option to swipe-to-reply. Eventually people will be able to chat with their Messenger contacts on Instagram, and even host Messenger Rooms with up to 50 people.
Facebook appears to have very casually, on a Friday night, begun merging Instagram and Facebook Messenger chat.
When you click “update,” Instagram DMs turn a little more colorful. Messenger integration doesn’t appear to be live yet, however. pic.twitter.com/zN7dDQx81V
— Chris Welch (@chriswelch) August 15, 2020