Instagram has become increasingly popular now that it seems almost rare to not find the app in your neighbours’ smartphones. Even if you are not using Instagram, you likely have friends who are using it.
It is understandable why there are still quite a number of people who don’t use the popular photo-sharing platform. Just because it is the new hype in town, doesn’t mean it is everyone’s cup of tea. You’re not, at all, weird for not using smartphone.
While some people simply do not use Instagram simply because of lack of interest towards the technology, some just avoid the hassle that comes with it, which is the need to transfer photos and videos from their computers to smartphones.
Wouldn’t it be better if people could just post their content straight from their computers? Well, you can. There is an Instagram app available for computers now. That means you can easily post directly from your desktop.
The Instagram app for desktop is highly essential for social media managers and blog owners as it helps them save time on posting their contents.
So if you prefer to post on Instagram from the comfort of your computer, we have the solution right here. But if you are new to Instagram and wish to download the app on your smartphone, we have that covered for you, too.
Let’s dive in!
How to Download Instagram on Computer
To download Instagram for PC, you can use an app called BlueStacks, which is an Android emulator that mimics a phone on your computer. Download it here and install it on your computer. Note that the app is large — over 250MB.
Once you have the app downloaded on your computer, click on the Next instruction that pops up on the screen. By clicking on Next, you are accepting the terms in the license agreement.
Then, choose where you want the program data to be kept. Click on Next to proceed to the next step.
Tick on the options App store access and Application Communications in order run Instagram. Then, click on Install.
By now you should be able to run the app. Click on the Android tab and search for Instagram. Then, click on the Instagram icon.
When the One time setup screen shows up, click on Continue.
In order to move on the next step, you need to add a Google account and sign in. If you do not have an account with Google yet, it is best that you create it beforehand. The reason why you need a Google account is because the app needs to emulate an Android app from Play Store.
You will come across two options:
- Backup and restore
You can untick the two boxes if you like since there are not necessary for running the Instagram app. Then, move on to the next step by clicking on the arrow.
Another One time setup page (for Setup BlueStacks Account) will show up. Click on Continue.
Enter your Gmail address for your BlueStacks account and click on OK. When you see Enable App Sync, click on Continue.
Then, install the Instagram app by clicking on Install. Click on Open to open the program. Enter your username and password to sign in to Instagram.
Now that you are signed in, you can start using the Instagram app on your computer!
In order to use Instagram on MAC, you need Flume. There’s a lot you can do with it, from uploading photos and videos to tagging locations.
Other alternatives worth checking out are Deskgram, Gramblr and Plany.
How to Download Instagram on Smartphone
Downloading Instagram and installing it on a smartphone is easier than doing it on computer. The download will only take under 5 minutes as long as you have decent Internet speed.
Here are the steps for downloading the Instagram app on your smartphone:
- Go to the Play Store and search for the Instagram app.
- Click on Install to download the app.
- Once the app is successfully installed on your phone, it will show up on your phone screen. Click on the app to get started.
- Register an account by clicking on Sign up with email or phone number. If you already have an Instagram account registered via the Instagram official website, then enter your username and password to log in.
- Once logged in, update your profile with a profile picture, short description of what your account is about or who you are, add a link to your website (if any), and you are ready to post your first photo!
If you are using an iPhone, go to the App Store to download the Instagram app.
That was not hard, was it? We hope you find this article useful. Welcome to the world of Instagram!