Instagram is testing its function of direct message for the web on mobile and on the desktop, according to the app researcher Jane Manchun Wong who tweeted a screenshot of the function.
Currently, the desktop experience on Instagram is a minimal and reduced version of the mobile app that shows little more than the feed. There is still no direct way to upload photos and the service is slow to add new features. Support for browser notifications was added only last September. Some features, such as the ability to upload stories, are limited only to the mobile app and the mobile web. Instagram said it did not "intend to allow users to upload photos or stories from the desktop". Direct messages coming on the Web would be a huge step forward for the mobile-only app.
There are several reasons why this transition to the web could happen now. Instagram has created a stand-alone messaging application called Direct, which started testing in six countries in 201