Instagram was specifically designed to work on mobile devices, primarily smartphone. This, however, does not mean that it cannot also be used from a PC, since the official application of Instagram is available on the official Windows 10 store, which works on all devices equipped with this version of the system. Microsoft operating and then there is Instagram Web , the online version of Instagram accessible from any browser, regardless of the device and operating system used.
Therefore, with today’s guide, therefore, I want to explain how to use Instagram for PC using the official solutions provided by the developers of the application (which, as you surely know, now belongs to Facebook), but also through the use of some third-party solutions that can be taken into consideration.
What else to say? Whether you want to browse your friends’ photos, discover new interesting profiles to follow or post new photos on your Instagram profile, all you have to do is take five minutes of free time and take a look at the tips I am about to give you. I assure you that, regardless of the type of computer and operating system you use, you will find the solution that suits your needs. Having said that, I just have to wish you a good read.
Before explaining in detail how to take advantage of all the solutions at your disposal relating to Instagram for PC , I would like to provide you with some preliminary information about it.
You must first know that Instagram is designed to be used on smartphones, therefore there are limitations relating to its use from a computer: I mainly refer to the inability to upload photos to Instagram from PC via the Instagram application for Windows 10 or via the official website of the well-known photo social network.
However, there are alternative solutions that can be considered for being able to succeed in this specific intent, such as the use of the Facebook Creator Studio tool or the use of extensions that are used to modify the browser user agent. To learn more, read on.
Instagram for Windows 10 PC
If you have a PC or tablet equipped with Windows 10 , you can first use Instagram application for Windows 10, through which you can interact with all the multimedia contents on the social network.
However, as already mentioned, the Instagram application for Windows 10 does not allow you to upload photos and / or videos to Instagram in the Feed nor to publish multimedia content in the stories of the social network.
Having clarified this, follow the instructions that I will give you in the next chapters to find out how to use this official application of Instagram .
Instagram for PC: download
To be able to download the application of Instagram for Windows 10 , first launch the Microsoft Store, in order to identify the application of Instagram using the search field (located in the upper right corner).
Once this is done, proceed with the installation of the same, first pressing on its icon and then on the Install button. Finally, at the end of the download and automatic installation, click on the Start button to start it.
Instagram for PC: view and interact with the contents
After downloading and launching the Instagram application for Windows 10 , log in with your account data and start using it to view and interact with the content of users.
In this regard, you should know that the operation of the Instagram application for Windows 10 is quite immediate, as well as very similar to the one related to the application of the social network for smartphones.
The main screen is , in fact, the house icon , through which you can view all the content posted by users in the post as well as in the stories . You can also interact with them, for example by putting “like” (the heart icon ) or by commenting (the cartoon icon ).
To send private messages to users, instead, refer to the section with the airplane icon , through which you can view active conversations and send new messages ( Send message ).
The compass icon, then, is the “Explore” section, through which you can view, in a single screen, all the popular content posted by users.
Instead, if you want to access your profile screen, in order, for example, to make some changes to it, click on your profile picture located in the upper right corner and then click on the items Profile> Edit profile , to access all the options for its modification ( name and biography , for example).
That said, in case of doubts or problems, or for more information about it, I suggest you consult my tutorial dedicated in depth to the functioning of Instagram.
Instagram for PC: upload photos
From the moment you apply it Instagram for Windows 10 does not allow you to upload photos and / or videos in posts, to do this from a computer the solution I propose to use is the official one given by the Facebook Creator Studio, accessible for corporate Instagram accounts connected to a Facebook .
After connecting to the tool in question, click on the Create post button, in order to publish a content in the Instagram Feed or on IGTV, choosing a content from your computer memory ( Add content> From uploaded files ) or from your connected Facebook page ( Add content> From the Facebook page ) in order to publish it, by pressing the Publish button.
In case of doubts or problems, or for more information regarding the operation of this tool, I suggest you read this tutorial dedicated more specifically to argument.
Instagram for PC Online
Let’s talk now about the Web version of Instagram, which is accessible from any browser to browse the Internet, such as Chrome , Firefox or Safari .
By logging into Instagram from the Web In fact, in addition to viewing the photos and videos that you have uploaded to your profile, you can view those of your friends and comment on them. You can also view stories, reply to private messages, search for content posted by other users, become their followers and edit your profile. The functioning of Instagram from the Web is, in short, completely identical to the Instagram application for Windows 10.
You can also put “like” and comment on your friends’ photos, respectively, by pressing on the heart icon and typing the comment in the text field Add a comment . If, on the other hand, you want to search for photos of all Instagram users (even those you don’t follow yet), use the search bar at the top.
After typing a term and identifying its content, you can become a follower of the user who posted the content: to do so, first click on the thumbnail of the image and then on the Follow button at the top right of the page that is shown to you.
You want to view your photos and / or edit your profile information, such as, for example, name and address email ? Nothing easier. Click on the thumbnail of your profile and then click on the items Profile> Edit profile .
What about uploading photos? Officially, as mentioned, you cannot upload photos to Instagram from PC via the official website of the social network, as this feature is not supported.
However, if you wish, you can circumvent this limitation by using an extension that modifies the user agent (ie the identifier with which the visited site recognizes the browser). In this way, in fact, you will disguise your browser and make it look like that of a smartphone or tablet. If you want to take advantage of this solution, so that you can upload photos to Instagram even from your PC, you need to install some extensions for the main web browsers.
Before proceeding, however, I remind you that installing this type of extension can involve privacy risks, as these tools, in order to work, require access to data relating to websites visited. Therefore, use it only for the time strictly necessary.
That said, if you use Google Chrome or a browser based on its own engine (e.g. Edge or Opera ), you can install the extension to change user agent called User Agent Switcher , by visiting the relative page of the Chrome Web Store and clicking first on the Add button and then on Add Extension .
After installing the addon in question, click on its icon located at the top right and select the user agent of any portable device in the menu that it is shown at the top (e.g. Android> Android KitKat ).
When you are done using the extension , remember to reset Chrome’s default user agent by clicking on its icon and selecting the Chrome> Default option in the menu that is shown to you.
Using the Firefox browser, on the other hand, you can install the User-Agent Switcher extension, first pressing the Add to Firefox button and then on Install .
Once this is done, to use it, click on its icon that is shown at the top right (the globe ) and select any of the icons in the Sel ect a mobile device in the box that is shown to you. Finally, reload the page, to see the changes made.
After using the extension, remember to restore the default user agent of Firefox , clicking on the User-Agent Switcher icon and pressing on check mark located at the bottom left of the box that is shown to you.
Uses macOS and the Safari browser? In this case, you will be happy to know that Apple’s browser has a fully integrated user agent switching tool. Go to the Safari> Preferences menu at the top, select the Advanced tab in the window that is shown to you and put the check mark next to the item Show Develop menu in the menu bar .
Then, visit the official Instagram site, go to the Safari Development> User agent menu to select one of the user agents related to iOS .
At this point, regardless of the browser and extension you are using, after changing the user agent, in order to post a photo on Instagram from the Web, log in to the photo social network and click on the (+) located in the lower center, so as to select the image to load from your computer memory.
Once this is done, click on the Next button, type in a description and the hashtags to associate with the photo. Finally, press the Share button located at the top right, to publish the image on Instagram.
Instagram for PC: Mac
Unlike Windows 10 , there is no Instagram application dedicated to Apple computers on the macOS store. Therefore, to use Instagram on Mac you simply need to use Instagram from the Web, by connecting to its official website of the social network, as explained in the previous chapter.
Other solutions to use Instagram on PC
As for the alternative solutions to use Instagram from PC , I suggest you first consider using BlueStacks. If you have never heard of it, in fact, know that it is one of the most famous emulation software of the Android operating system which, available on Windows and macOS, allows you to run any application for the operating system of the green robot on your computer.
In this case, then, using it you can view and, above all, upload photos to Instagram from your PC, using the social network application to Android, downloadable from Play Store or via manual installation with APK file.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a program that allows you to download photos from Instagram , turn to 4K Stogram. It is, in fact, a software that can be downloaded for free for Windows and macOS, through which it is possible to download the photos published by the users of the photographic social network.
However, its free version has limitations in the number of photos that can be downloaded and therefore, for unlimited use, it is necessary to purchase the paid version, the price of which starts at € 12.14 . For more information about it, read this guide where I talk about it in more detail.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the
thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he responds with simplicity to thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and