Is There an Instagram App for Mac or PC?

Exploring options you have for using Instagram on a regular computer

Instagram is one of the social apps for sharing photos and videos, and an Instagram for Mac or PC option would be great for those who haven’t quite jumped on the mobile bandwagon just yet. But is there one?

Instagram Apps Available on Mobile Platforms

Instagram is meant to be primarily used on mobile platforms.

These are the mobile platforms Instagram currently supports

Instagram for iOS: Works on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It’s free to download from the App Store.

Instagram for Android: Instagram was initially only available for the iOS platform but made its way over to Android in April of 2012. You can download the app for free from Google Play.

Instagram for Windows

If you are a Windows 10 user, you can download the free Windows Instagram app from the Microsoft Store.

Currently, only users with a Windows 10 touchscreen PC can upload, edit or post photos on the Instagram Windows 10 app. Users without a touchscreen have the same features as those available using Instagram in a web browser.

  1. In the Windows Search box, type "store" and select Open under Microsoft Store in the search results.

    Microsoft Store in Windows 10 start menu search
  2. Select Search in the upper right of the Windows Store window that opens.

    Microsoft Store window
  3. Type "instagram" into the search field and select Instagram in the list of results.

    Searching for Instagram in the Microsoft Store
  4. Select Install.

    Install button for Instagram app in Microsoft Store
  5. When the download is complete, select the Launch button to open the Instagram app. Alternatively, select the More button, which is the button with three dots next to launch, and choose Pin to Start to pin the app to your Start menu, or Pin to Taskbar to pin the app to your Windows 10 taskbar.

    Launch button for Instagram app download
  6. Log in to the app with your current Instagram account information or sign up for a new account.

    Windows 10 Instagram app login screen

Using Instagram from a Browser on the Desktop Web

Instagram can be accessed from a web browser by signing in at Instagram.com. However, it has some limitations.

You can:

  • View your home feed
  • Play video posts
  • Like and comment on posts.
  • Save posts to your bookmarks.
  • Search for users, hashtags, or locations
  • Discover new posts
  • View your interactions
  • View your profile
  • Follow and unfollow users.
  • Edit your profile
  • Configure some of your account settings

You can't:

  • Upload photos or videos to post your profile
  • Delete or archive existing posts on your profile
  • Configure all of the account settings that you can from within the app

As you can see from the list of things you can and can’t do on Instagram.com, it still offers enough functionality that you can enjoy viewing other users’ posts and interacting with them.

But if you want to upload a photo or video directly to Instagram from your computer, you’ll either have to sign up to use a social media management tool with Instagram support or save and send your photo or video file somewhere that you can access from your mobile device where you have the Instagram app installed.

Free Instagram-Like Photo Editors to Use on the Desktop

If you just like the look that Instagram gives photos with its unique filters and editing tools, you can achieve something similar by taking advantage of one of the many free photo editing tools accessible on the web. Here are just three to consider checking out:

Pixlr: This is actually a vintage or retro photo editor that can be downloaded and installed directly in your browser, Facebook, or even as a Chrome web app. It’s a great option if you want to create vintage-looking photos from your PC.

Poladroid.net: Download this web app and create high-resolution Polaroid photos with retro effects and filters. It’s as easy and dragging and dropping your photos into the app. You can download the Windows version or Mac version and create them right from your computer.

Photoscape: This is a great app you can directly download to do all kinds of effects with your photos, right from your computer. It actually serves as a great replacement for Photoshop.

Pixlr, Poladroid.net, and Photoscape apps can all be downloaded for free.