Instagram for Windows

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 42.0.19
  • 4

  • Security Status

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Dinkar Kamat
Dinkar KamatUpdated 3 months ago

Reach millions of people on your computer with Instagram for Windows

Instagram is a free photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Meta Platforms. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and was originally launched as an exclusive photo-sharing app for iOS in October 2010. 

A few months later, a version of Instagram for Android was released, and in April 2012, a website interface became available, followed by apps for Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile and BlackBerry OS. In April 2012, Instagram was acquired by Meta for $1 billion in cash and stock.

What is Instagram and why use it?

Developed as an American application for sharing media with others on the platform, Instagram lets you tell your story as visual content. You can cast live videos on Instagram Television (IGTV), create hilarious motions through the boomerang tool, or upload a standard photo. The latest version introduced Reels, which provides short-form videos in the same way as TikTok.

Before you can use the app and see the actions of other people around the world, you’ll need an Instagram account. It doesn’t matter on which device you install the media-sharing service; you’ll have access to the same content as the website. If you already have any Facebook accounts or pages, you can link them to distribute your photos and videos on both platforms.

Companies have also started using Instagram for their products and services. You’ll see brands displayed as promoted content or in the Story section. In their bios, you’ll find links to their websites so you can browse everything that they sell.

Due to Facebook’s terms on what types of images and videos you can post, Instagram may remove certain material or ban you from using its platform. Unlike Twitter, which permits everything from nudity to racial discussions and politics, there are several restrictions in place. However, you’ll always find people that discover new ways to successfully circumvent these rules.

Why is Instagram so popular?

Instagram has gained global fame with how easy it is to install and use. Taking photos on your Windows device and sharing them with your followers is effortless, as is the ability to manipulate them. However, many prefer the Android and iOS apps since they have more extensive features and settings.

One feature that keeps Instagram download numbers skyrocketing is its story postings. Users can upload a temporary photo or video that lasts for 24 hours. Other users can view their friends and followed pages’ 24-hour posts right on top of the app’s home screen.

Uploaders can also check their traction through the Instagram Story Viewer, which sorts the users who have seen a particular post chronologically.

You’ll have access to a massive social media network that works in the same way as Facebook, Youtube, TikTok, and Twitter. Friends can follow you, like your posts, and comment. It can become addictive to post your latest selfies to see what your followers have to say.

Finally, it’s an excellent platform for celebrities and brands where clients and people can see their actions and latest projects first-hand. A famous actress may post about swimming in the new pool and receive millions of likes within a few hours. Some competition channels even share the latest footage from tournaments or shows.

What is the difference between Instagram and Facebook?

While Facebook may own and operate Instagram, there are distinct differences between the two. The first is available as an official app on Windows and Mac, while the latter is only available for download on Windows operating systems. There are ways to access Instagram on Mac devices other than the website, though.

IG is predominantly used for sharing photos and images. FB, on the other hand, can perform numerous other functions. You can create groups, join communities, develop separate brand pages, watch movies together, or have meetings in Messenger. 

The simplicity of IG is what makes it more favorable to members. The platform has a clean interface that’s not cluttered with icons and text everywhere. It’s also easier to find information, making it effortless to browse and search for accounts.

Instagram has a number of features that make it a popular social media platform. These features include:

  • Photos and videos: Users can share photos and videos with their followers
  • Stories: Users can share photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours
  • Reels: Users can share short-form videos with their followers
  • Live videos: Users can broadcast live videos to their followers
  • Direct messages: Users can send private messages to each other
  • Explore: Users can explore photos and videos from other users who they do not follow

How to use Instagram

To use Instagram, you will need to create an account. You can do this by using your email address or your Facebook account. Once you have created an account, you can start sharing photos and videos. You can also follow other users to see their content.

How to install Instagram on Windows?

Installing the Instagram app is relatively easy. Once you download the file, you can give your Windows device permission to run it. The application will ask if you’d like to launch with English settings or an alternative language. When you’ve confirmed the saving location, the client will begin the installation.

Instagram has a detailed Data Policy on how it stores information or how you can clear your cookies. It clears search logs after six months, while the digital copy of your government-issued ID that’s used for Meta Verified status is deleted thirty days after review. If you delete your account, the app permanently removes all your media from the server. 

Share your photos and images with the world

It’s undeniable that IG is a worldwide sensation. With billions of members and followers, it’s the prime platform for making connections with friends and customers. However, the Windows version has a long way to go if it wants to perform as well as mobile apps.


  • Take photos to share instantly
  • The interface is easy to use
  • Sleek design with no clutter
  • Links to Facebook account and pages
  • Ability to share content from other apps


  • Limited features compared to mobile version
  • May lose rights to content
  • Stringent policy restricts what you can share

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Instagram for PC

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 42.0.19
  • 4

  • Security Status

User reviews about Instagram

  • Malaka Umm Dawud

    by Malaka Umm Dawud

    I wish I hadn't done the update on my Instagram on my windows 10 laptop. Prior to the software update I was able to upload and go live from my laptop More

  • ndahafa kayumbu

    by ndahafa kayumbu

    its a really got way to know and to communicate with different people .
    ig is a lit app

  • Jack Mc Govern

    by Jack Mc Govern

    uwu good use no issues first time but worked well it weird having a minimum charecters on reviews

  • N Mag

    by N Mag

    I haven't installed it yet but I hope for it to be functioning well on my desktop

  • Bijay Gupta

    by Bijay Gupta

    i am impressed with is application i am using its it have privacy and its also give many information related to various field and subject retaliated.

  • Bill Daki

    by Bill Daki

    Very good social media network which keeps you in touch with all your friends and families. Which also gives you a clear pictures of your friends that More


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