Instagram and WhatsApp are about to be renamed as Facebook tries to be clearer about its ownership of the two services.
The two services will be renamed “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”.
These new titles are to appear on Facebook’s internal branding, and also in the title for both apps on Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play store.
On a device’s home screen, the app titles will stay the same for now, but it’s likely that the new name will appear when you open it. Although the renaming will not affect how either app operates.
“We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokeswoman stated.
Nevertheless, Facebook has not yet said when the name change will take effect.
Earlier this year, a report said that Facebook wants to integrate the messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger in order to keep up engagement within Facebook’s network of users.