Instagram has unveiled the latest version of its Direct messaging platform as it attempts to encourage more users to use its private messaging feature.
The revamped version of Direct builds upon previous updates and brings together several features to provide users with a more comprehensive messaging service.
While Instagram introduced a disappearing image and video messaging feature for Direct in an update last November, such content would appear in a thread separate to the user’s messages.
Now users can access all content, both permanent and disappearing, from their conversations in a single thread resulting in a faster and simpler user experience.
Android and iOS users should update to the latest version of Instagram (10.16) if they want to avail of the new Direct.
Once done, you will find a new blue camera icon at the bottom of the Direct menu, which can be used to take disappearing images and videos.
When you’ve taken your picture or video, simply click on the arrow icon to send the disappearing content to friends or groups.
The content is then added to any existing thread of texts or content you’ve shared with the individual or group, making it easier to see all your previous communications.
Essentially, Instagram’s overhauling of Direct is designed to simplify and declutter the direct messaging service, which the company believes will encourage more people to use it.
In a blog post about the update, Instagram said:
‘Since our last update in November 2016, the number of people using Direct has grown from 300 million to 375 million. We want to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with your friends.’
The new version of Direct is available for iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 10.16.