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Facebook Messenger and Instagram DMs are becoming updated with a variety of expressive new features.

New features are rolling bent Facebook Messenger and Instagram DMs that allow users to be more expressive in how they convey.

The updates range from cosmetic enhancements like new themes to the power to reply to messages with a photograph or video.

Here’s more about the new messaging features available now on Facebook and Instagram.

New Facebook Messenger Features

Chat Archives

Archived Chat Folders

Swiping left on a chat from the Messenger inbox screen will reveal the choice to archive it. Tapping on the purple button will send a chat to the new Archived Chats folder.

Users can access the Archived Chats folder by tapping on their profile photo on the Messenger mobile app and selecting Archived Chats. The folder will contain a full list of archived threads.

Tap to Record

Audio messaging enthusiasts can now record messages hands-free in Messenger. Instead of long-pressing the microphone button to record a message, users can tap once to start recording and tap again to end the recording.

Facebook says there’s been a 20% increase in audio messaging among US users. This update makes it easier for people to urge other things done while recording longer messages.

This feature is going to be coming to Instagram soon, except for now it’s exclusive to Messenger.

New Themes

Messenger users have more options to personalize their conversations with the addition of the latest themes.

From the chat themes menu, users can select either the new Star Wars theme or Netflix’s Selena: The Series theme.

Selena Theme

These themes are available for Instagram DMs also.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Facebook has added new camera stickers in Messenger and Messenger Kids celebrating the range and impact of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API).

Messenger APAHM Stickers

Users can select one among four Messenger camera stickers to support and lift awareness of key issues important to the API community.

New Instagram DM Features

Visual Replies

Instagram has added the power to send visual replies to direct messages on iOS (coming to Android soon).

This feature allows users to reply to a photo or video with one among their own.

Visual Reply

When a message containing a photo or video is received, tap the camera icon to capture a photo or video to reply with, or to upload media from the device’s camera roll.

Inbox Seen States

A slight update to the Instagram DMs inbox makes it easier for users to ascertain when a recipient has viewed their message.

Users can now determine when a message has been read by checking their inbox. A text snippet will confirm the message has been seen.

Inbox Seen Status

This information was previously available to Instagram users, but it required opening the window. It’s a little but welcome quality of life improvement.

Source: Facebook

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