Today, we will explore the brand new messaging features on Instagram that are now available.
The very first feature that is available now is Watch Together. Once you update to the latest messaging experience on Instagram, you and your friends can together tune into IGTV, Reels and TV shows, movies, and trending videos in real-time through video chat. We’re also showing you two new show series with Grammy-nominated superstar Post Malone and digital creator Avani Gregg, Post Malone’s Celebrity World Pong League, and Here for It with Avani Gregg, exclusively to Messenger and Instagram throughout Messenger’s Watch Together.
To start watching “Here for It With Avani Gregg” or “Post Malone’s Celebrity World Pong League” with your mates, simply begin a video chat on Instagram or Messenger or create a Messenger Room. In an Instagram video chat, click the media button at the right bottom and choose the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. In a Messenger video chat, swipe up to go to the menu, click to Watch Together then select the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. From there you may select various content, including Avani and Post’s shows.
2. New Chat Themes
The second of the new messaging features we’re rolling out is new and unique chat themes such as tie-dye and love. So that now you’ll be able to personalize your conversations. One theme is a unique chat experience on Messenger and Instagram with TinyTAN, a group of lovable characters created from the seven members of BTS. When you update to the new experience, you’ll be able to activate the TinyTAN chat theme on Instagram and Messenger. Express your affection with 💜 emojis. You’ll be able to share your favorite songs from the new album or customize your message reactions for your perfect TinyTAN-themed chat.
You can activate the TinyTAN chat theme on Instagram and Messenger by going to your chat settings. Just tap Theme and choose TinyTAN.
3. Vanish Mode
The third, vanish mode, is coming soon. It is an opt-in feature that hides seen messages after you leave a chat thread. Sometimes a message is spontaneous – something you need to share at the moment without worrying about it sticking around. Now you’ll be able to send memes, GIFs, or reactions to share what you really think but can’t always say, without it staying in your chat history. To turn this feature on, you just need to swipe up in an existing chat thread – and you’re in vanish mode. Swipe up again and also you’re back to your regular chat.
Instagram designed vanish mode with safety and choice top of mind, so you are in control of your experience. Only users who are following each other on Instagram or who are related to Messenger can use vanish mode in one-on-one chats. Vanish mode is also optional: you choose whether you enter vanish mode with someone. In case someone takes a screenshot of your chat while you’re using vanish mode, Instagram will notify you. And as always, you’ll be able to block someone or report a conversation in case you feel unsafe.
We’re slowly rolling out vanish mode on Messenger and Instagram together. Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a handful of some other countries. And it’s coming soon to countries in the EU. Vanish mode on Instagram will be coming to the US and other countries soon once you update to the new Messenger experience.
Watch Together and chat themes are just two of the ten new messaging features, including selfie stickers, custom emoji reactions, animated message effects, and message controls, now available globally to anyone who decides to update to the new Messenger experience on Instagram.
With this replacement, now you can reach your friends and family whether they’re on Instagram or Messenger. And you may control where you receive messages and calls, such as in your chats or your message requests.
Stay tuned for more features coming soon that will help you keep connected to people who matter most to you.