Instagram DMs now open to everyone on desktop

After years of limiting direct messages to its mobile apps, Instagram is opening up.

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Instagram on Friday said anyone can now send and receive direct messages on desktop. In January, the Facebook-owned photo site began testing DMs from its website, giving those who want to message friends on the platform from a computer a new way to do so. Previously DMs were limited to Instagram's mobile apps .

Facebook's plans to allow Instagram DMs over the web were first revealed last year by noted app leaker Jane Manchun Wong

Instagram said it hopes being able to send DMs from a desktop computer makes it easier for people to stay connected. Last month, Instagram launched a new Co-Watching feature that lets people browse posts together via video chat.

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