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Instagram: How to Use a Web Browser to Check & Send Direct Messages from marierobert's blog

Instagram allows users to send and receive direct messages using a web browser. Here is everything you need to know.

The free photo and video sharing social networking service, Instagram has extended its direct message support to web browsers. The extension of direct message support to web browsers has made it easy for users to communicate not only with their near and dear ones but also for distant users. The step can be proved a more useful way to the users following social distancing and staying and working from home.

Like many other social media services, Instagram also allows its users to post their views and other content globally. Not only this, but the users of Instagram scattered across the world in vast numbers can also send messages to each other. The social media platform has also extended its direct message features to the desktop version’s users. It seems that the current time is very much suitable for the expansion of such a feature. As more and more people all across the globe stay at home and seek for ways additionally to communicate and socialize online, the expansion of the functionality will attract the people in huge numbers. But, the company had been testing the specific feature previously, and so it seems Instagram has not expanded the feature seeing the current helpful and favorable scenario.

Instagram confirmed the expansion of its direct message features through an announcement in its official Twitter account. Since the company has announced the expansion of its direct messages feature, only a few details have been provided. Apart from mentioning that the users will be able to send and receive messages through web browsers, the company has said the new feature would be rolled out in multiple stages. Therefore, only a few users will be able to see the extended support for direct messages through web browsers at a time.

The Ways to Receive & Send Direct Messages

The new extended support is very much easy for the people who are using Instagram and very much aware of its functionality. For the old Instagram users, it is extremely easy to access the messages on the desktop when compared to mobile applications. Users will need to open their user accounts on the platform for the news users of Instagram while receiving or sending direct messages. To open the user account, you will need to tap on the mail option appearing at the top in the right corner. While the email icon appeared on mobile itself, on desktop, the mail icon appears alongside other symbols such as Home, Likes, Discovery, and Profile. When the users check the mail icon, it will redirect them to the section of direct messages, further allowing them to read and send along with managing the inbox.

As Instagram has enabled the new feature so, almost every user will be attracted to use it. Also, it will be used widely through the mobile app, as it heavily serves its users for a better mobile experience. However, some users will access the feature to chat through the desktop by using keyboards. Also, the function is mainly targeting the power users who are busy with desktop and keyboards. Moreover, the feature expansion with access through web browsers will be proved much more beneficial for users stuck at home. Apart from these, the users can also enjoy the co-watching feature. It will allow the users to continue video chats with their friends along with viewing posts.

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