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Say it with GIFs in DMs

Now you can message your friends with GIFs in Instagram Direct. From “LOL” to “I love you,” you can express yourself in countless visual ways when you’re messaging your friends. In any message thread, tap the new GIF button in the composer bar to open a library of the latest trending GIFs powered by GIPHY….

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New: See when your friends are online to DM

Today we’re making it easier to connect with friends on Instagram by showing you when they’re available to chat. When your friends are active on Instagram, you’ll see a green dot next to their profile picture in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post…

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New Ways to Share and Connect on Instagram

Today, we’re announcing new ways to share in the moment on Stories, connect with friends over video and discover new interests on Explore. Stories Sharing to Stories: From a sticker of your new favorite song on Spotify to action shots from GoPro, it’s now easy to share what you’re up to or how you’re feeling…

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Remix Photos From Friends in Direct

Starting today, you can remix your friends’ photos — then send them back for fun conversations. When viewing a photo message from a friend, tap the camera icon at the bottom and capture a reply. Your reply includes a sticker of what you’re replying to. Move and resize it, and add your own twist with…

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A New Face Filter to Customize Your Look and Transport Yourself to New Places

Today, you’ll see a new face filter in the camera that lets you choose the perfect pair of shades that can transport you to locations all over the world – even if you’re just hanging out in your bedroom. Simply tilt your head back or tap the screen to try out different sunglasses and change…

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More Ways to Reply with a Photo in Direct

Starting today, you can make text messages in Direct more expressive by adding a visual backdrop. Whether you want to pair your message with a selfie or a colorful background, it’s easier than ever to share exactly how you feel. After you type your message, simply tap the camera, capture your disappearing photo and tap…

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New Ways to Share Instagram Stories

Starting today, you can share stories with your friends in Direct. From stories you follow on surfing to stories about your best friend’s cat, now you have more ways to share the stories you love. Sharing a story in Direct is as easy as sharing a post from your feed. When you discover a story…

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New Ways to Reply with Photos and Videos

Today we’re introducing new ways to reply with photos and videos that help you have fun, visual conversations with your friends. Now you can reply with a photo or video to specific photos, videos, and reshared posts in Direct. Your reply will automatically include a sticker of what you’re replying to. Just hit “reply” to…

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Two New Face Filters

Today, we’re rolling out two new face filters that help you transform any selfie into something fun and entertaining. Now, you can tap your face on the screen to add stars that sparkle, and shake your head to make them disappear. You can also turn into a kitten — open your mouth to flick your…

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Introducing Photo and Video Replies to Stories

Starting today, you can reply to stories with a photo or video. From selfies to Boomerangs, now you can be even more fun and playful when you respond to friends. To reply with a photo or a video, tap the new camera button while you’re watching a story. You can use any creative tools in…

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