For years, DM-ing on Instagram was an experience you had, not something you enjoyed. The social media app was so focused on photo sharing that it neglected to focus on things like standard messaging features like custom notification settings. But since boldly stating that it is no longer a photo-sharing appInstagram has been slowly changing things up, recently launching chat themes, a real search feature, and other tweaks designed to improve messaging on Instagram.
Here are some features you might not know about and how to use them to improve your DM game. (Note: these features take place slowlyso you may not have them all yet.)
How to send messages to your close friends with a simple gesture
This feature shows that Instagram is increasingly focusing on how users actually use Instagram DMs: to share chat memes with their friends. With this change, you can now share faster than ever: you can now press and hold the Send button in a message and see four photos at the top, representing your most frequently contacted profiles. Slide your finger on the profile picture and release to send the message.
Instantly respond to Instagram DMs
It’s now possible to continue browsing your feed while talking to people in an Instagram DM. The new in-app notification banner can be expanded and you can reply to someone directly from there.
Send a message without notifying the recipient
If you’re trying to message someone (or a group) at night or any other time you don’t want a notification sent, type “@quiet” before the message. The message will still be sent, but the user will not receive a notification about it.
Access Full Snapchat Using Vanish Mode
Like Snapchat, Instagram DM also lets you send disappearing photos and videos. But what if you want an entire conversation, complete with all text and photos, to disappear after a while? You can now activate Vanish Mode by swiping up in any chat. Once you exit Vanish Mode, all chats will be deleted. If someone takes a screenshot in Vanish Mode, you’ll get a notification.
Try a new theme
Instagram DM introduced themes some time ago, and every now and then there is a new addition. The latest theme, lo-fi, imbues the app with relaxing vibes, but there are plenty of other themes you can choose from. Press the “I” in the header, then go to the Themes section to browse.
Search via chat
Want to find incriminating evidence in a six-month-old conversation? Instagram DM will now help you with that. Open the chat, press the “I” from the top, and go to “Search the conversation” to start.
Make group DMs less intense
Group chats can get noisy quickly, but you can control that using the DM-level notification settings. Open a DM group and tap the “Ibutton. Here you will be able to mute all messages, mute mentions or calls. You can also enable approvals for new members, ensuring that the group does not become the center of spam overnight.
Avatars, polls, and other ways to make DMs more fun
See the small “More” in the bottom corner of your Instagram DMs? It hides a lot of features. The first is Quick replies, where you can create custom shortcuts that expand to entire phrases or sentences. This feature is like Text Replacement on the iPhone, but limited to the Instagram app.
Tap the Stickers button and you’ll see options for “Avatar” and “Polls.” Avatar is Facebook’s version of Memoji stickers, allowing you to create your own avatar and send it in a sticker instead of using an emoji. The Polls feature works similarly to Stories, allowing you to quickly get responses from everyone in the group chat without triggering a dozen notifications.
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