Hey, this is Threads – a new app for keeping up with your close friends. It's the place for you to quickly share photos, videos, statuses, and Stories with your Instagram Close Friends list.
Close Friends Only
Threads works with the people on your Close Friends list, so you're in control of who can reach you on the app. You can create and edit your list anytime on Instagram or Threads.
You can share photos and videos lightning fast. Use camera shortcuts to send them to your close friends in just two taps.
Share What You're Up To with Status
You can choose from a selection of pre-set statuses, create your own, or enable automatic status, which shares little bits of context with your friends. You can choose whether to use status, and only your close friends will see your status.
Continue Using Instagram
Messages from your Close Friends will now appear in Threads, but you will still have access them on Instagram.
The latest version contains bug fixes and performance improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Potential-needs major work
I can see the huge potential with this app, but it needs some major work starting with the intuitiveness of the user interface. It’s kind of confusing and hard to figure out how to send messages/video/picture snaps. Also the app continues to crash when I try to do too many things at once or too fast. Also not being able to open links or advertisements completely makes this app pointless when friends DM you posts and ads they want you to see. Also no face filters or camera filters? The bottom sending bar needs to be reworked. Just tapping the person once is not safe in my opinion. Also taking videos it doesn’t show how long the video is. I think this app was rushed and pushed out too fast to complete with others. Also having another messages app is too much. It needs major compelling features other than multiple dark modes and activity statuses.
Okay, but, why?
Threads is a lot like Facebook Messenger, but without the games. You can messsage people and send pictures. These functions are available in the regular Instagram app, though, so what’s the point of Threads? There are also no filters. So the camera can get really boring really quickly if, like me, you don’t have much to send. I like the idea of themes, but the options currently available are very limited, and there isn’t a “custom” option. I don’t get what the point of this app is, but it just launched. Maybe after a few updates the purpose of the app will become evident.
Threads from Instagram is an interesting little app, like Instagram Direct Messaging but only with close friends. It’s very obviously trying to compete with Snapchat but there are some subtle features like themes (dark mode!) that the app does have to differentiate itself from the rest. It seems to be very early in development, not too far off from Facebook messenger minus a few essential features, but overall it’s a decent app. Is it entirely required? No. Would I use it more often if I actually used Instagram to message people more? Maybe.
- Instagram, Inc.
- 53.7 MB
- Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Facebook, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.