Facebook acquired the Instagram application in 2012, and since that time all the company’s applications have remained separate from each other, but that changed during the year 2020, as Facebook announced at the end of last September that it would start integrating the Messenger application with the Instagram messaging service to work from Through a single platform, allowing the user to send and receive messages without having to download both apps in their phone.
The company has now started offering this feature to users, and the messaging feature through the two applications works in both directions, which means that you can send messages from Messenger to your friends on Instagram, or send messages from Instagram to your friends in Messenger.
However, there are some limitations; You can only message people on Facebook through the Instagram account, and you cannot send messages to groups in Messenger or Facebook pages, and in the Messenger application you can send messages to any Instagram account, not to the Instagram groups that you have in the direct messaging service.
You should also bear in mind that the two applications were not fully integrated, as your Messenger chats will not appear suddenly on Instagram, or vice versa, so you can search for your friends in the other application and message them directly from the application you are using now.
Below we will show you how to message your Facebook friends from the Instagram app:
Before starting; You should update both the Instagram and Messenger app to the latest version through the App Store, then follow the following steps:
Open the Instagram application on your device, whether it is running Android or iOS.
Click on the Messenger icon that appears in the upper-right corner.
Type the name of the person you want to message in Messenger in the search bar at the top.
While writing; The results will appear at the bottom in different sections, where other people will appear in Instagram at the top, followed by the Facebook Friends section, click on the name of the person you are looking for if it appears, or click on the option (Show all) See All to see more Facebook results.
Once you click on the name of the person you want to contact, you will see a message at the top of the screen that says: “You are messaging with Facebook.” You can now send a message and your friend will see a similar notification.
If you are not friends with the person you want to message via Messenger, they will be asked to (accept) the message.
The messaging feature via apps is really useful for those who want to message their Facebook friends, and don’t want to have the Facebook app or Messenger installed in their phones.
It is worth noting that Facebook gradually introduces this feature to everyone, so if you do not see it now in your application, you just have to wait for a while.