Instagram's direct messaging features are set to get an expansion.

The social media platform is currently testing a version of its messaging function for desktop apps and web browsers, in what is likely preparation for the upcoming integration of Messenger, Whatsapp, and Instagram chat services.

Instagram has always focused on its mobile offering, though the move to bring messaging to desktop and web feels long overdue.

Staple features like DMs (direct messaged) and photo uploads are still missing from the web version of the app, which offers little more than a rolling feed of the influencers and accounts you follow.

The revelation came by way of @wongmjane, who has a history of unpacking software apps to see what features are currently being trialled or on the cusp of release.

Back in April 2018, Wong spotted Instagram testing a 'mute' function for followers, which ended up rolling out to users the following month.

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