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How to Use Facebook Messenger and Instagram Cross-App Messaging



Every person has one or more social media accounts online. It is not enough to only have access to Facebook so as not to miss out on what is trending. Many people also create multiple accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok.

Social media apps made it possible for people to communicate in real-time. Now, Facebook is making it a lot easier for Facebook Messenger and Instagram users with the new cross-app messaging. Users will no longer have to open both apps to view their messages. They can now check all their messages in one single app.

How Does the Facebook Cross-App Messaging Work?

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When you enable cross-app messaging, you can receive messages on your Facebook Messenger from your Instagram followers. At the same time, your Messenger friends can send a message to your Instagram. It eliminates the need to leave the app just to cross over to the next app to view your messages.

The cross-app messaging also comes with features from Instagram. You can react using emojis, change your chat colors, or create selfie stickers. Users can also block unwanted messages, or add a Watch party.

Unfortunately, your Facebook profile is set on the public mode by default. It means that users on Instagram can send you a message when they search for your profile. Also, Instagram does not have an encryption feature for direct messages, which is a privacy risk for Messenger.

Using Cross-App Messaging on Facebook Messenger and Instagram

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Before using the Cross-App Messaging for both Messenger and Instagram, you need to download the latest version of the two social media apps. Go to the App Store or Google Play Store. Search for Facebook or Instagram. Install the available update for each app.

Make sure that you are using the Instagram version for Android or version 165.0 for iOS. For Facebook, download version for Android or version 287.1 for iOS.

Enable Cross-App Messaging on Instagram

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After you have downloaded the latest version, you can enable the messaging feature on your Instagram app.

  1. Launch the app on your device.
  2. Tap your Profile.
  3. Select the Menu button.
  4. Go to Settings.
  5. Navigate to Privacy.
  6. Now, tap Messages.
  7. From here, you can edit how you want to receive your messages. You can customize it based on your Facebook friends, people you have chat with on Messenger, people with your phone number, or other people on Facebook. Set it if you want to receive message requests, chats, or not receive any message requests.

Enable Cross-App Messaging on Facebook Messenger

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You can also enable the messaging feature on your Facebook Messenger and receive messages from people on Instagram.

  1. First, launch your Facebook Messenger.
  2. Tap your Profile.
  3. Under Preferences, select Privacy.
  4. Tap Message Delivery.
  5. From here, customize how you will receive messages from Instagram. Choose whether to receive chats and message requests or don’t receive any requests. You can set it based on the accounts you follow on Instagram, your followers, the people you have chatted with, or other users on Instagram.

That’s it! Now, it is easy to manage all your social media messages without jumping from one app to another. What do you think of the new Cross-App Messaging? Will you enable it? Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. Useful, but you can’t message across platforms in groups. One on one convos are great, but what about friends that don’t have Facebook? Hopefully this changes soon


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