This massively popular app for smartphones and tablets, Instagram, allows the user to take pictures or videos of up to 15 seconds.
It also allows us to apply one of various filters to it and upload it to the Internet to one or more social networking sites. Once there, it’s available for everyone to see and “heart” it, which is an equivalent of a Facebook like. This very simple concept has proven to be very catchy for photo enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, there is no way to use any of Instagram’s capabilities on PC, unless you count the Instagram Explorer for Windows 8’s Metro mode. However, it can’t take or manipulate pictures and doesn’t offer many more functions than the website’s integrated browser. Other than that program, if you don’t have an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone, you will unfortunately be unable to use the Instagram app. But wait, there’s more.
Instagram was created only for mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers. But people nowadays no longer have to be limited with their mobile gadgets if they want to access it on their laptop or desktop computers. You might ask why people would want to use Instagram on their PC when smartphones and tablets are quite suitable enough. Well, people might just find it easier to edit photos and videos on a bigger screen, for example.
How to Use Instagram on PC
If you think it is difficult there is no need to worry. It is very simple and easy. In fact, one of the most commonly used options is simple. Open your computer, start your web browser, and go to websites that offer access to Instagram accounts on laptops and desktops. These websites are quite numerous today. Some of them are Webbygram and Webstagram. Simply go to the website and log in just as you would on your mobile device.
But you may also choose to download it on your PC. For this, you may go to pokki.com and download the app called Instagrille. Once installed, log in with your Instagram credentials and you’re good to go.
Addictive Photo Creation and Browsing
There is no dispute that Instagram owes its success to its simplicity. We all have the creative spark in us. All it takes for that spark to become a roaring flame of artistic expression is a favorable environment with accessible tools, which is exactly what Instagram provides. Merely watching the new content as it’s streaming in is enough to take up a large portion of your day. Additionally, you can attach small descriptions for each image (called “hash tags”), which make it stand out from everyone else’s creations and attracts like-minded people. Additionally, you can share those creations you like the most.
Creating new content is surprisingly easy and doesn’t require either expensive equipment or any prior experience in photo manipulation. Once the photo or video is taken, the user can apply one of the filters offered and see how the media will look at the change. It’s as simple as that. There are limitations, of course. Instagram does not support taking and uploading pictures of actual high definition. Rather, it focuses on the inherent interesting qualities of the picture itself combined with the filters to create something truly unique.
The Social Side of Instagram
Even though there are many new functions added to Instagram such as Instagram Direct, it enables users to message their pictures to the select few users, this does not appear to add any meaningful function to the basic service. Rather it serves more like a response to competitors, in this case Snapchat. It’s possible to connect Instagram account to any of the major existing social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Also, an Instagram account can be made to have similar appearance to the social media profile.
Instagram was eventually acquired by Facebook, which has a hands-off policy. This means we probably won’t be seeing a lot of changes in our favorite picture editing app. Whatever the future may hold for Instagram one thing is for sure, it is an app that will definitely stay with us for a long, long time and keep us entertained and inspired with its fresh, new look on everyday objects and situations.