As reported by The Verge, Instagram’s Direct Message UX on the web will be almost identical to iPhone and Android: The direct messaging experience will be essentially the same through the browser as it is on mobile.
You’ll be able to receive desktop DM notifications if you enable notifications for the entire Instagram site in your browser.
The Verge’s Ashley Carman asked Instagram why DMs on the web would come before an iPad app and a spokesperson dodged the question, highlighting that it’s still not a priority for the company.
When asked why Instagram prioritized web DMs over something like an iPad app, a company spokesperson referred The Verge back to its usual justification and said that DMs on the web help its users “stay in touch with the people you care about.”
You can check out if you’re part of the small group of users around the globe who has access DMs on the web now.