Facebook will currently allow you to begin cross-app group chats between Messenger and Instagram, the organization declared Thursday. The update is a major step forward in Facebook’s aspirations to make its applications work better with one another. To have the option to use the cross-app communications, you’ll need to pick in, and Facebook says that “over 70% of eligible people on Instagram have updated to the new Messenger experience.”
The organization is carrying other new features to the messaging apps notwithstanding cross-app group messaging. Polls will be accessible in group DMs on Instagram and in cross-app chats so you can, for example, vote on where to get lunch. Facebook has added group typing indicators to Messenger, so you can see when numerous individuals are drafting a message. And you would now be able to use Facebook’s Watch Together feature to watch videos from your Instagram feed with your friends.
Facebook is additionally adding new chat themes to Messenger, including a “cottagecore” theme, one inspired by J Balvin’s latest album, and an astrology theme.