Can You Get Instagram on an Apple Watch?

The Lens app delivers a wrist-based Instagram experience

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Introduction

Even though Instagram removed its native app from the Apple Watch in 2018, it's still possible to have an excellent Instagram for Apple Watch experience. Lens for Watch is a third-party app that brings Instagram scrolling, liking, commenting, searching, and more right to your wrist. Here's how it works.

The Lens for Watch app requires iOS 12.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. You'll need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to use in conjunction with the app.

Instagram Explore feed on Apple Watch via Lens
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How to Get Instagram on Your Apple Watch

The Lens for Watch app was designed to help Instagram users browse the social site using their Apple Watch, and its features and functionality are even better than the original Instagram Apple Watch app.

Like and comment on posts, view videos, search for users, and reply to direct messages. It's even possible to view your own feed, visit the Explore tab, find your activity and stories, and see user profiles and direct messages. The only thing you won't be able to do is to upload a post.

Here's how to get Instagram on your wrist with Lens for Watch.

Make sure you've already paired your iPhone to your Apple Watch before downloading Lens for Watch. Lens for Watch has a free version, but some features are available only with its $1.99 Pro version.

  1. Download and install Lens for Watch on your iOS device, and then select Open to launch the app.

    Download and install Lens for Watch on your iOS device, and then select Open to launch the app.

    If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.

  2. Tap Login to Instagram.

  3. Enter your Instagram login info and select Log In. You'll be taken to the Lens account screen.

    Log into Instagram via Lens to access Instagram on your Apple Watch
  4. Return to your Apple Watch and tap Lens to launch the application. You'll be taken to your Lens home screen.

    Apple Watch with Lens app highlighted
  5. Tap Home to see and scroll through your home feed

  6. To like a post, tap the heart.

  7. To read a post's comments, tap the speech bubble.

    From the home feed, tap the heart to like a post or tap speech bubble to read comments

    At any time, navigate to the previous screen by tapping the arrow in the top left of the screen.

  8. To make a comment, tap the speech bubble, scroll down, and tap Add a Comment. You'll be taken to a screen with your comment options.

    To make a comment, tap the speech bubble, scroll down, and tap Add a Comment. You'll be taken to a screen with your comment options.

    Adding comments is a Lens Pro feature, so you'll need to upgrade to do this.

  9. Tap FlickType Keyboard to add a watch keyboard and type your comment. When finished, tap Done, and then tap Comment to add your comment.

    Tap FlickType Keyboard to add a watch keyboard and type your comment. When finished, tap Done, and then tap Comment to add your comment.
  10. Tap the microphone to add your comment with your voice, or tap the smiley face to add an emoji.

    Tap the microphone to add your comment with your voice, or tap the smiley face to add an emoji.
  11. Tap Stories to see the Instagram stories of people you follow.

    Tap Stories to see the Instagram stories of people you follow.

    You'll need to upgrade to Lens Pro to access Stories. Upgrade via your iPhone for $1.99.

  12. Tap Activity to see your account activity, such as any new followers, comment mentions, and tags.

    Tap Activity to see your account activity, such as any new followers, comment mentions, and tags.
  13. Tap Explore to go to Instagram's Explore page and see recommended posts based on your interests.

    Tap Explore to go to Instagram's Explore page and see recommended posts based on your interests.

    You'll need to upgrade to Lens Pro to access Explore. Upgrade via your iPhone for $1.99.

  14. Tap Messages to read direct messages.

    Tap Messages to read direct messages.
  15. Tap Profile to go to your profile page.

    Tap Profile to go to your profile page.
  16. Tap Search to search for a user, subject, or hashtag. Use the microphone or keyboard to enter your search term.

    Tap Search to search for a user, subject, or hashtag. Use the microphone or keyboard to enter your search term.

    Tap Tips to add a tip for the Lens developers, and tap Clear Cache anytime you want to reset the app.