It seems that Instagram is again up for some update in its feature to enhance the user experience. This time, Instagram Direct, the feature that allows users to communicate with other Instagram users, has been upgraded with the ability to send voice messages. This is quite a new addition which works similar to a walkie-talkie as it sends voice message the moment users would release the microphone button. This sounds similar to how users can send a voice message using other Facebook products, including Messenger and WhatsApp. Also, the new voice messaging support on Instagram reminds slightly of the audio messaging feature available natively on Apple’s iMessage.


As Instagram announced about this latest development through a tweet, the new feature to send voice messages in Instagram Direct is rolling out globally. The feature is aimed to help users to not just share photos, small video clips, or some text with other Instagram users using Instagram Direct but also send and receive voice messages. Unlike working on a traditional voice messaging system where users would have to tap the send button to send voice message to the recipient, Instagram’s update works more like a walkie-talkie which requires users to hold the record button until the entire message is completed. This one works similar to how users can send the voice messages using Facebook’s Messenger app.


To this, team Instagram tweeted, “Starting today, you can send voice messages in Direct. Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment.”

Now, to send a voice message, users first need to go to the Direct section on  Instagram app and then select either one of the Instagram users or pick multiple users. After that, place a tap on the microphone button that sits next to the camera roll button in the message bar. Users need to press and hold the microphone button to record message, and once done, they just need to release the button to send the message. Users might as well swipe to the left most corner to discard message. Notably, users can record voice messages using the new addition for up to one minute only and each of the messages sent or received stays permanently. This is unlike the audio messaging support on iMessage that deletes voice messages after two minutes of their delivery unless a user selects the option to “keep” them.

To add on, this voice messaging feature is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Users might as well download the latest Instagram app on the device to start sending the voice messages.