Use Instagram for PC on your Desktop
Instagram was launched in 2010 as a mobile-only app that allows users to quickly share photos and videos with friends and family that are following them.
When Facebook acquired Instagram in November of 2012, it introduced web profiles. While the photo-sharing network has remained focused on mobile, it has slowly been expanding its scope to include desktop. After all, who wouldn’t appreciate images in blown-up sizes and higher resolution?
In June of 2015, Instagram revealed a newly revamped website with improved, cleaner design and larger images. This is an important step for Instagram as more of its content is getting embedded on Facebook. According to an Instagram spokesman, 5.3 Billion impressions were produced by embedded Instagram posts.
Before we get to the Bluestacks alternative below, let’s find out some reasons to use it on your PC.
Why Use Instagram On Your PC?
If you want to do more than just make basic adjustments to your photos, then you will likely find your smartphone to be quite limiting in what you can achieve. For one, the screen size is just so much smaller than the resolution that the built-in camera can achieve. You may also want to share photos that you took with your digital or DSLR camera that you have already loaded onto your computer.
Such files can be very large and will take up a lot of space on your phone; space that you may not have. So, moving the app over to the Windows desktop seems like a pretty good thing to do.
This simplifies your image processing workflow, by taking out the step to transfer to you phone altogether. You simply take your photos or video, load them onto you computer and they are ready for you to process in Instagram and share with your followers.
The other benefit is that photos being shared by people you are following may just not look right on a small screen, making it very difficult to see finer details. Your computer screen will be a lot bigger than your phone so you can simply go ahead and view full-screen images to really enjoy them.
If you’re looking to have Instagram for PC on your desktop, fortunately, technology and a bit of resiliency have found a few ways to make this happen.
Emulators To The Rescue
Because desktop and web-based services are still only limited you need to take advantage of emulators that will mimic an Android environment directly on your Windows PC. Two of the most popular and recommendable emulators are BlueStacks and Nox App Player, and in the next few sections you will find out more about their benefits.
Ultimately you will find both of them very helpful, but your personal preferences will possibly make you lean towards one over the other. The best thing is try and install both of the emulators and see which ones work best for you.
BlueStacks is an Android emulator that allows you to install the Instagram app as a smaller window on your PC. BlueStacks’ “Instagram on PC” program is easy to install. You would be able to install both the emulator and the Instagram app quickly and hassle-free.
A few notes before using BlueStacks:
- You need a Google account to use BlueStacks
- The Android emulator is the only way to upload your photos from your PC to Instagram but to view your content, you can still go to the Instagram website or a third party web viewer.
- Download BlueStacks
- Click “Download Instagram for PC”.
- Double Click the Installer; if asked if you want Installer to make changes on your PC click “Yes”.
- Click “Next” to finish the installation process.
- Click “Finish” to launch BlueStacks.
Use Nox App Player
By far the best alternative in the Android emulator market has been Nox App Player, which you will find has a lot of unique features that will make it an attractive addition to using BlueStacks. It is also a free application to download and install, so the best thing is to install both and find out which one is better for different apps you use.
Simple Instruction Steps
Follow these few steps and you will be up and running in just a few minutes and compare which emulator works better for you.
- Download the Nox App Player installer from this link
- Run the installer and wait for it to complete
- Hit the start button and wait for the first prompt
- You should be asked to enter your Google account info
- This will be used to link to the Google Play Store app that is preinstalled
- Go to Google Play and search for Instagram and install
As a bonus, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about using these methods to access your Instagram account from your PC:
Q1: Can I send and receive Instagram messages on my PC
A1: BlueStacks can help you access your Direct Messaging box but not the web viewers.
Q2: Will using these methods violate any agreement with Instagram and get me banned?
A2: No, these methods do not violate user agreements.
Q3: Is it possible to register an Instagram account with a Windows 7 PC even without the need for a smartphone?
A3: Yes, you can use an Android emulator such as BlueStacks or Nox App Player which will allow you to install the Instagram app on your PC.
Q4: Can I set my photos to private using the Instagram website?
A4: No. Unfortunately the Instagram website does not support this feature.
Q5: Can I view videos?
A5: First you have to check if you have Flash enabled in your browser. If you are not able to view videos, click the time of the post so you can get to the video’s main page then try again.
Hopefully, Instagram can make PC operation a reality one day. For now, you will have to be contented with these 3 methods to view Instagram for PC on your desktop. But it’s better than nothing.
Use Instagram’s Website
You can also use Instagram’s website to view content from any PC as long as there is Internet connectivity. Unfortunately, even with the revamped website, you will not be able to upload new images. However, you can view your content, “Like” photos, share your comments and edit your profile.
Here is a quick rundown of the steps you need to do to use Instagram’s website:
- Go to Instagram’s website
- Enter your Instagram user name and password then click “Sign In”.
- Once you’re in, you will be able to view photos, like content and post comments.
- Click the heart icon at the top of the screen to view your notifications.
- Click the profile icon to view your uploaded images.
You can also use the Instagram website to follow or un-follow certain users of the network.
Use a Web Viewer
The third option for you would be to use websites that allow you to view your Instagram account from the PC.
Here are 4 of the best web viewer sites that you can consider:
Formerly known as Instagrille, this app can recreate Instagram on your PC in an innovative tiled format. There are also add-on features that you can’t even find in Instagram.
For example, you can view images that were taken near your location. You can also download any Instagram photo by simply hovering the mouse over the bottom of the image and selecting “download”.
Formerly Webstagram, this is one of the first web viewers made for Instagram. It is not as visually appealing as Instagrille but it can get the job done. You will be able to view your Instagram feed, comment, like and do other activities as you would in the mobile app.
Formerly Gramfeed, this web viewer can be integrated with Google Maps. This means you can enter a city, view a tiled layout of the photos taken and then pin on the corresponding map to see all the images taken at these specific locations.
Similar to Pixsta, you will be able to download photos to your PC. However, there is an extra step involved. You have to click “Download”. A new tab will open which contains the selected photo. Save it as “Save As” in order to download.
With Ink361, your Instagram feed will be viewed as a rolling horizontal format. You can create albums based on hashtags that have become the norm in identifying unique photos on Instagram.
As an example, here are the steps in using a web viewer such as Websta to use Instagram for PC on your desktop:
- Go the Websta website.
- Click the “Log In” button at the top right corner of the app.
- Enter your Instagram user name and password then click “Log In”.
- Click “Authorize” to allow Websta to access your Instagram account.
- Click “Manage” on the left side so you can start using Instagram.