Meta tests easier account switching between Facebook and Instagram

Meta is testing two features that will bring Facebook and Instagram closer together. On Monday, the company began rolling out a new user interface for Android, iOS and the web for switching between accounts. Provided you’ve added your Facebook and Instagram credentials to the same account center, you can use the feature to switch between the two apps without having to navigate to your phone’s home screen, multitasking menu, or app drawer. The interface also allows you to view the count of all your notifications in one place.

At the same time, Meta introduces a redesigned login and onboarding experience on Android and iOS. If you’re new to the company’s social networks, you can create an account and then use it to create more. For those who already have both Facebook and Instagram accounts, it’s now possible to use the credentials associated with one app to access the other – although you’ll need to add them to the same account center first.

The new interface flow for creating Facebook and Instagram accounts


Meta notifies you each time you use an existing account to create a new one or add an account to the Account Center. Additionally, security features like two-factor authentication will still work, preventing someone from using your Instagram credentials to access your Facebook account, for example.

While the new features are “currently limited to Facebook and Instagram,” Meta notes that it “will continue to explore how to improve the connected experience across all of our technologies.” They come after and a recent downturn for the company.

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