Is There an Instagram App for Mac or PC?

Exploring the options you have for using Instagram on a regular computer

Instagram is a social app for sharing photos and videos. 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 to Android in April 2012. You can download the app for free from Google Play.

Download the Instagram App for Windows

If you use Windows 10, download the free Windows Instagram app from the Microsoft Store.

Currently, if you have a Windows 10 touchscreen PC, you can upload, edit, and post photos on the Instagram Windows 10 app. If your PC doesn't have a touchscreen, you'll have the same features as those in 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 corner 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 completes, 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 the Start menu, or choose Pin to Taskbar to pin the app to the Windows 10 taskbar.

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

    Windows 10 Instagram app login screen

Use Instagram From a Web Browser on the Desktop

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.
  • Upload photos or videos to post your profile.
  • 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:

  • 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.

Free Instagram-Like Photo Editors to Use on the Desktop

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

  • Pixlr: This vintage and retro photo editor can be downloaded and installed in a browser, Facebook, or 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 photos into the app. You can download the Windows version or Mac version and edit photos from your computer.
  • Photoscape: This app does all kinds of effects with photos, right from your computer. It serves as a great replacement for Photoshop.

Download Pixlr, Poladroid.net, and Photoscape apps for free.

Was this page helpful?