Social Media Instagram How to View Instagram on the Web Online Look at Instagram photos in a regular web browser by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on November 17, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email 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. 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. 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'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. 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 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. 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.