Instagram is the best app for photo sharing, in our opinion. It’s great to use on your phone, but sometimes it would be nice to be able to see pictures on a larger screen, or be able to post without using a tiny keyboard. Or maybe you just want to be able to use Instagram without being tied to your smartphone.
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Did you ever wish you could access it from your computer and not have to rely on your mobile device to use it? Well, we’ve got an ace up our sleeve and we’re going to tell you how to get Instagram and use it from your PC. Stick with us; we’ll show you the ropes.
Instagram on the Web
The first way to access Instagram from a PC is by navigating to their website. Once you’ve landed at Instagram.com, as long as you’ve already got an account, you can just log in. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Sign up.
You can view your Instagram photos, your Instagram feed, edit your bio, change your profile picture, and check your comments or likes others have given you for pictures you’ve posted. You’ll also be able to like and leave comments on other Instagram accounts you follow. Also, you can do a search to find accounts to follow, or to find something specific. That’s about the extent of what you can do from the Instagram website. You can’t, however, take pictures from your PC and post them.
So, even though you can do some things on the Instagram website, you can’t do as much as you can from the mobile version of Instagram. It’s still fine if you’re more of an Instagram viewer versus a taker and poster of photos. It covers the basics, at least.
Using the Full Version of Instagram on Your PC
Let’s move on to how you can gain full access to use Instagram from your PC—you’ll need to download Andy, an Android emulator, and you’ll need to have a Google account. You can get a download of Andy from http://www.andyroid.net/. This may become your new best friend on your PC, because it allows you full access to not only Instagram but also unlimited Android applications.
- Download and install Andy, the Android emulator, to your PC. In our screenshots, we’re using Windows 10.
- Once Andy is downloaded, double-click on the file to install it to your computer. You’ll see the progress of the install on your PC’s screen.
- After the install process has finished, open the Andy application by double-clicking on the “Start Andy” icon on your desktop.
- Next, you’ll see a series of screens that introduces you to the Android emulator, Andy.
- Now, you’ll need to have that Google account information ready to go. You’re going to click on the “Google Play Store.”
- Next, you’ll be directed to sign into your existing Google account, or create one if you haven’t already. Go through the sign-in procedures and acceptance of Google Play’s terms and so forth. Then you should be in the Google Play Store, once that’s all taken care of.
- In the search bar at the top of the Google Play Store, type “Instagram.” The application should show up first in your search results—click on it.
- You’ll now be on the page to install the Instagram app. Click on the green “Install” button.
- The installation process will be displayed on your desktop screen, within Andy.
- When Instagram is installed, it’ll appear as the Instagram app does on your mobile device. Open it up and give it a spin.
- After you log into Instagram, you’ll see your Instagram feed just as you would from an Android device or phone.
- Now the best part—you can take a picture or video right from your PC, with your webcam. Add #hashtags and captions if you like, upload your photo right from your computer, and—bam!—Instagram on your PC. Pretty sweet!
That’s a wrap! The Instagram application is accessible from either its Web site with limited functionality, or by installing Andy, the Android emulator. Enjoy using Instagram right from the comfort of your desktop or laptop PC.