According to Facebook, “More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. 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.”
So what does this mean for Instagram users? For starters, it seems that Facebook is giving users a choice as to whether or not they want to update their app to the new feature. Users will be greeted by a screen asking if they want to update to this new method messaging, or skip it for now.
However, if you do choose to update, this means that instead of having to switch back and forth between Instagram and Messenger, you can choose to reply in whichever app you have open right now, as you can see in the screenshots above. It is an interesting update and if you use Messenger or Instagram DMs frequently, then this could be a welcome update.