Although Instagram has been available on the desktop browsers for a long period of time, the service is pretty limited when it comes to features compared to the regular mobile apps. For instance, you will need to download the mobile app to access a number of features including any direct messages you have been sent. However, in a surprising move, the company has decided to bring direct messages to the desktop version for a small percentage of users who are part of a new Instagram test.
As mentioned earlier, despite being primarily a smartphone-based service, Instagram users can browse accounts and access other features through the desktop website. With the upcoming change, users will be able to check and response to direct messages using a desktop browser.
In a recent tweet, Instagram said, “We’re currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are.”
DMs, but make them desktop. 👍
We’re currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/VJ06EpETxG
— Instagram (@instagram) January 14, 2020
If you were expecting to get the feature as soon as possible, you will be disappointed to know that you might have to wait a while before getting access to the feature. As the noted by Instagram, the feature is still in the early days of testing and it’s unclear when the feature will make its way to other users.
Despite that, it’s likely that you won’t have to wait long before you can send and receive messages on desktop version of the website. Most importantly, social networking companies often test new features using a small group of people. As the service has made its way to public, it’s likely that Instagram is looking to make the direct messaging feature a standard addition to the service in future.