Facebook has already implemented the possibility of sending messages between WhatsApp and Instagram contacts without having to know a specific phone number
When accessing Instagram today you may have come across a notice within the app: ‘Add WhatsApp to your profile’. The headline of this new function could not be more literal: you will be able to chat with your Instagram contacts on WhatsApp more comfortably, although not within the app itself.
Facebook owns both the eponymous social network and the world’s most popular messaging app, WhatsApp; as from the most fashionable photography social network in the world, Instagram; so it was a matter of time before they would somehow bond.
That moment has come. The first users are being invited to ‘merge’ their accounts so that, if you have entered your phone number in WhatsApp, you can write normally on WhatsApp to a profile that you follow and that has registered their phone.
In other words: if two people who follow each other have the WhatsApp merged on Instagram, they can open a conversation on WhatsApp without having the phones previously registered in the agenda.
Two important details must be taken into account: no one will publicly see your phone number on Instagram, neither on your profile nor anywhere; and you can only talk to those who have also registered their phone number in the app. If this is not the case, you will have to keep talking about the Instagram chat functionality.
Facebook has not dared for the moment that the contacts between the two applications appear in the aforementioned in a natural way. It is something that, even with the changes in privacy policies, it is not clear that it may be possible in the future, but it would be the natural way forward for a company that wants to create all the possible synergies between its large properties.
HOW TO MERGE INSTAGRAM AND WHATSAPP
If you want to link your WhatsApp and Instagram accounts, these are the steps you should follow:
You go to Instagram, go to your profile and touch Edit profile.
Inside the profile, look for the section “Public information of the company” and touch Contact options.
From the options, choose WhatsApp.
Write your phone number, the one you use with WhatsApp. If you don’t have, you can even create an account from here.
When you have entered your data, click on Send confirmation code. It is necessary to verify your WhatsApp account. Once this is done, your phone number will appear as a contact option on your Instagram profile.