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Say hello! Instagram adds voice messaging feature to Instagram Direct

The feature might be good for Instagrammers with too much to say, or who have tired thumbs.

Say hello! Instagram adds voice messaging feature to Instagram Direct
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Instagram is adding voice messaging capabilities to its app.

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Users can now hold down the microphone button in Instagram Direct and record a voice message, which can then be shared with single contacts or groups of people.

The voice messages appear in the receiver’s chat window as a Wav file. They don’t disappear, so they can be listened to anytime.

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The feature is supported for the iOS and Android version of the app.

Lots of other messaging apps already contain this feature, including Messages in iOS, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for a billion dollars.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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