In the first two years, Instagram was only available as a mobile app. People used it for fun and didn’t really care about the quality of the photos. However, as Instagram grew, the company realized that it also had to take it to the desktop.
Today we can use Instagram on our PC and laptops for many things, but we still cannot use all the options in the mobile application. In any case, we will only show you how to open and use Instagram on your desktop.
How to open Instagram on the desktop
All you need is a stable Wi-Fi connection and your Instagram password. It doesn’t matter the browser, because they are all compatible with Instagram.com. Here’s how to open it and log in:
- Go to instagram.com
- Enter your Instagram username or email.
- Enter your password.
- Click Connect.
Ready! Your browser will now ask you if you want to save the username and password. If you often use Instagram from this device, it may be a good idea to remember.
If you forgot your password, you can log in with your Facebook credentials if your accounts are connected. You should see this option at the bottom of the screen. You can also reset the password by entering the email address associated with your Instagram account.
What you can do
When you log into Instagram on your desktop, you will see that some features are in a different location than the app. However, everything seems more or less the same. The stories are at the top and when you scroll down you will see photos of your friends. You can like or comment on them anyway.
You can also view your friends’ profiles, and there’s even a search bar at the top of the screen. You can meet new people and follow or unsubscribe. In addition, you can also view and edit your own profile. You can edit your bio or add a new profile picture.
People who try Instagram on their desktop for the first time are usually surprised by the quality of the photos. Most of the photos don’t seem as clear as before. In fact, the quality is the same, only the pixels are closer together on small screens.
What you can’t do
Unfortunately, you still can’t do two very important things on your laptop – you can’t upload photos or add stories. It may sound strange because these are two essential features on Instagram. But that’s how it is. There is no way to add photos or videos to your desktop.
Many users have complained about this, but we can only hope that Instagram will listen soon. Mainly because many people use Instagram for professional purposes and have high-quality photos. Until then, many users must first edit their photos on a desktop computer, before sending them to their phones to upload to the app.
A few months ago, Instagram introduced the functionality that people had been waiting for for a long time. Now you can use DM on your PC or laptop! Instagram users would recognize this as a small revolution that makes everything easy.
Now you can not only chat on the desktop but can also respond directly to testimonials from other users. This may seem like a small step to some people, but believe it when we say it makes a big difference.
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Do you remember the first appearance of DM? You had to download another app just to use this feature before integrating it with the Instagram app. A few years later, voice messages arrived. And now DM is available on the desktop. What could be next?
Instagram Desktop App:
There is currently only one app for Windows 10. If you wonder why we haven’t mentioned it before, it’s because the app still has some flaws. Many users have complained that the application is not compatible with desktop computers. For example, there is no option to upload photos or stories. In fact, there is nothing you cannot do in the browser.
However, if you have Windows 10, you can download it for free and try it out. Here’s how to get the app:
- Open the Microsoft store.
- Click on the search bar.
- Type “Instagram”.
- Select the Instagram icon when it appears.
- Click Get.
Once the app is downloaded, you can log in with your credentials. The app should more or less resemble the phone app, depending on your device.
Explore and See:
As you can see, the desktop and mobile versions have both advantages and disadvantages. However, Instagram is constantly striving to improve the user experience, even for desktop users.
How often do you use Instagram? Do you prefer Instagram on your laptop or phone and why? Let us know in the comment section.