In this post I will share a tutorial on how to chat with Facebook friends from Instagram. Recently, Facebook has introduced a cross-messaging feature on Instagram which allows you to find and chat with your Facebook friends. Any Instagram user who has a Facebook account can also use this feature by connecting their Facebook to Instagram.
Facebook explained that it plans to integrate its various services together. One of them is messaging between Facebook Messenger and two other popular platforms belonging to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Initially, you get this notification update on your Instagram where you can enable or bypass this feature. But if you somehow missed or didn’t get the notification then here’s how you do it.
If you want to enable cross chat on your Instagram account or you accidentally missed an update notification on Instagram, you can follow this guide to enable cross chat for Facebook and Instagram.
1. Open the Instagram app and go to Settings / from the account section. In Instagram Settings, tap Privacy to get the respective options. Under Privacy settings, you get Messages option which takes you to Message Control.
2. Message Control shows all potential connections with your Instagram account. Here you see a new option called “Facebook Friends or People You Chat with on Messenger“. This is the option that you should set to “Chats” to be able to chat with your Facebook friends from Instagram. Doing this changes the DM icon to Messenger icon on Instagram.
3. After enabling cross messaging on your Instagram, when you search for someone on Instagram, you get this new section with results from Facebook Friends. You can simply open a tab in the profile from there and start sending messages.
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Cross messaging can be a useful feature for people whose connections are spread across Facebook and Instagram. With this update, they can stay in touch with their Facebook friends without installing Facebook or Messenger. This cross-messaging works with the profile you use to chat on Facebook Messenger.
If you have new friends on Facebook, they may not appear on Instagram unless you chat with them at least once on Facebook Messenger. Also, this cross-messaging update is optional, if you don’t want to enable it, you can skip the update notification and keep using your Instagram as before.