New Instagram "Direct Message" Icon

4 years ago from , Senior Designer

Not sure if it's old news but I just noticed that Instagram switched the Direct Message icon from an arrow to a paper plane. I think this makes a bit more sense because when they first made that feature live I thought the arrow button was to repost the above photo/video.

Direct Message


  • Kevan LinKevan Lin, 4 years ago

    Looks like it's just platform specific A/B testing. Just checked my iOS device and didn't see this, must be Android only right now. I like this iconography better than the "reply" button, that never truly made sense to me. I'm sending this to somebody else not replying back to the original poster.

    6 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 4 years ago

      They're A/B testing within Android as well — still don't have it in my device.

      0 points
  • Guilherme SchmittGuilherme Schmitt, 4 years ago

    Reminds me of the "Send" icon on Pinterest

    1 point
  • James Young, 4 years ago

    I thought originally the arrow was to reply but a paper plane doesn't make much sense either.

    I'd love to know how many people could look at that icon and even take a close guess as to what it does.

    0 points
  • Dan DiGangiDan DiGangi, 4 years ago

    Looks like there are trying to move away from the standard "share" icon. Thank the lawd!

    0 points
  • Caleb Warren, 4 years ago

    Interesting. I also wonder why that icon is different from the Direct Message icon on the top right of the home tab.

    0 points
  • Ryan Hicks, 4 years ago

    Icon makes more sense than the previous one. But I don't think it's the best choice of iconography for that action IMO.

    0 points
  • Evan KnightEvan Knight, 4 years ago

    They seem to be doing a bit of testing. I've had labels with icons since the redesign.

    0 points
    • John Jackson, 4 years ago

      I prefer labels with icons. I hate clicking icons until I figure out which one performs my desired action.

      2 points