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Instagram is announcing five new ways to message: What are they and how do I use them?

Instagram has unveiled a quintet of enhancements slated for integration into its messaging system. Among these enhancements are the capacity for message editing and the ability to affix conversations atop the message queue. These advancements are being gradually introduced to the direct messaging feature on the Meta-owned platform.

“Today, we are delighted to introduce a series of novel features to our direct messaging system, aimed at fostering enhanced connections with friends, thereby enriching the messaging experience,” the company stated.

The revelation of these new features initially came from Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, via his Instagram channel. “Behold the novel DM attribute: edit. A revolutionary move,” he remarked.

Revise your messages on Instagram Users on Instagram will now have the capability to revise messages they have sent within a window of 15 minutes. This functionality permits users to rectify typographical errors or grammatical inaccuracies in their messages. To effectuate a modification, users must press and hold the sent message, then select “edit” from the drop-down menu.

Pin conversations to the summit of the Instagram inbox Certain conversations hold paramount significance, and the pin chats feature serves to expedite access to such exchanges amid the clutter. “For conversations with cherished confidants or familial ties, or merely those necessitating prompt attention, users will soon be able to pin up to three group or one-on-one conversations for effortless access,” the company detailed. To elevate a conversation to the top of the inbox, users can either swipe left or tap and hold on the conversation, followed by selecting “pin.” Users retain the option to unpin a thread at their discretion.

Toggle read receipts in DMs Read receipts serve as indicators informing others of the recipient’s perusal of their message. Now, users possess the autonomy to enable or disable read receipts for all or specific conversations, mirroring the functionality seen in WhatsApp. To toggle reading receipts for all conversations: Navigate to account settings Select Messages and story replies Toggle the display of read receipts for all conversations

Archive stickers within Instagram DMs Users will now be empowered to archive stickers within DMs for expedited access. By pressing and holding onto the desired sticker, users can swiftly retrieve it from the top of the sticker library during subsequent interactions. Moreover, stickers, GIFs, videos, photos, and voice messages are readily accessible during conversations, requiring only a press-and-hold gesture.

Customize conversations with themes Users now possess the ability to imbue their conversations with personalized themes. “Whether organizing a social gathering or engaging in light-hearted banter with friends, there exists a theme suited to every occasion. Explore our latest themes, including Love (soon to feature animations), Lollipop, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more,” the company conveyed. To modify the theme for a conversation: Tap on the conversation name at the top Select the “themes” option Choose from the available themes.

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