How to View Instagram on the Web Online

Look at Instagram photos in a regular web browser

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks. Its official mobile apps for iOS and Android let users capture or upload photos and videos plus interact with all their followers and people they follow themselves. It's primarily meant to be used from a mobile device, but it can be accessed and used from any web browser as well. So if you want to check out Instagram online from a laptop, desktop computer, or even the web browser on your mobile device, here's how to do it.

How to Use the Web Version of Instagram

Here's an overview of Instagram on the web and how you should use it.

  1. Visit Instagram.com in any web browser and log in to your account or create a new one. Once you log in, you'll see your news feed tab, which has a similar layout to what you see on the mobile app.

    A person's Instagram feed
  2. As you scroll down through the posts in your news feed, you can interact with them in almost exactly the same way as the mobile app. Look for the heart button, the comment button, or the share button in every post to like it, leave a comment, or send it to a friend. You can also click the bookmark button on the right to save it to your bookmarked posts. Select the three dots in the top-right corner to embed the post into a web page, report it as inappropriate content, and more.

    You can like, comment on, or share an Instagram post.
  3. You'll see more icons in the top-right of the screen. One looks like a little compass. Select it to see a simpler version of the Explore tab that features suggested users to follow and a few thumbnails of their most recent posts.

    Select the compass icon to access Instagram's Explore page.
  4. Clicking the heart button at the top of the screen opens a small window showing a summary of all your most recent interactions. Scroll down to view them all.

    Select the heart icon to see all of your interactions on Instagram
  5. Select the user icon to view your Instagram profile. This page is what other users see when they click or tap your name.

    Click Edit Profile next to your username to change your personal information and other account details like your password, authorized apps, comments, email, and SMS settings.

    You can find the Edit Profile button in your Instagram's profile page.
  6. Select any photo on your profile to view it full-size. It will appear the same way as an individual post page but with the interactions appearing to the right of the post rather than below it.

    Instagram has dedicated URLs for every profile. To visit your own Instagram web profile or anyone else's, you can simply visit https://instagram.com/username. Just change "username" to whatever yours is.

Instagram Privacy Concerns

As long as your profile is public, anyone on the web can access it and see your photos. If you don't want strangers looking at posts, set your profile to private. That way only users you approve can see you—as long as they're signed in to the accounts you approved to follow you.

Limitations With Instagram via the Web

You can do a lot with Instagram from a regular web browser—except actually post new content. Instagram currently has no option to upload, edit, and post photos or videos to your account from the web. If you want to do that, you need to download the Instagram app on a compatible mobile device.

You also can't connect with Facebook friends, see posts you've liked, manage your blocked users, clear your search history, or do a few other things you can only do through the app. You can, however, temporarily disable your Instagram account via the web and not through the app.

Despite some of these limitations, it's still great to know you can browse your feed easily, discover new content, configure your user settings, and interact with other users just like you do via the app. It's a helpful option when small screens and touch keyboards start to feel like more of a hassle than a help.