Instagram May Finally Introduce Direct Messages to Threads

Threads is a solid app. But, it’s been lacking a key social media feature – the ability to DM. We’ve known for a while that the company’s been wanting to add DMs to Threads. But, they’ve been having a tough time.

A few lines of code in the app suggest that Threads might be adding DMs via Instagram. Interesting, huh?

Threads has been giving X a run for its money. This is especially true since it just launched in Europe. But, compared to the nearly 20-year-old platform, Threads is a bit light on features. It’s slowly adding more, and hopefully, it’ll regain the momentum it lost after its peak.

DMs are a big missing piece for the platform. Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri, said they’re working on it. But, there’s a snag. Threads and Instagram are so intertwined that Threads’ DMs will basically be Instagram DMs. Mosseri doesn’t want users to get duplicate messages. I mean, who wants to get a DM on Instagram AND Threads? That could get annoying real quick.

New code hints that Threads might get DMs through partial Instagram integration. This info came from an APK deep-dive, so take it with a grain of salt. Code strings in the latest Threads version (v315.0.0.29.109) suggest this feature is in the works. But, Meta could change or remove this at any time.

Some lines of code hint that you might be able to see your Instagram messages in Threads. For example, one line says, “When you message people on Instagram, the most recent chats will show up here.” So, all your DMs might be handled through Instagram. You might only get notifications for Instagram DMs. But, you might be able to access and read your Instagram DMs in Threads. This would essentially bring DMs to Threads through Instagram.

At this point, we’re not entirely sure what Threads is planning. So, we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.

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