Facebook merges Messenger and Instagram Direct Messages as part of its plan to ...

Facebook has officially slid Messenger into Instagram's Direct Messages.

The social media giant announced an update that merges the two messaging services into one unified system.

The roll out includes more than 10 new features including stickers, Watch Together and a vanish mode that allows users to set messages to automatically disappear after they are seen. 

The most notable change is that people using Messenger can communicate with those on Instagram without having to download the app - and vice versa. 

News of the integration first surfaced in 2019 when Facebook revealed plans to merge Messenger, Instagram Direct Messages and WhatsApp.

The company was still in the early stages of the work last year, but had set 2020 for when the move would be complete.

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Facebook has officially slid Messenger into Instagram's Direct Messages. The social media giant announced an update that merges the two messaging services into one unified system

Facebook has officially slid Messenger into Instagram's Direct Messages. The social media giant announced an update that merges the two messaging services into one unified system

Although WhatsApp did not make the cut, Facebook has kept to part of the plan. 

'More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends,' Facebook shared in a blog post.

'That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram – so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use.'

The merge was rolled out last month to a few users, but now ever Instagram user can update the app for access.  

The most notable change is that people using Messenger can communicate with those on Instagram without having to download the app - and vice versa

The most notable change is that people using Messenger can communicate with those on Instagram without having to download the app - and vice versa

The roll out includes more than 10 new features including stickers, Watch Together and a vanish mode that allows users to set messages to automatically disappear after they are seen

The roll out includes more than 10 new features including stickers, Watch Together and a vanish mode that allows users to set messages to automatically disappear after they are seen

Facebook rolled out an update that merges Instagram with Messenger, providing users with access to a list of features in Direct Messages.  

Users have access to new colorful look for chats, a new list of emojis, the swipe to

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