Browser extension for the photo sharing social media platform
Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Instagram for Chrome allows for users to interact with their Instagram feeds on their computer. It is best for those who wish to browse through their feed on a larger screen. The photos are quite large and take up most of the page. The website looks just like the app and all of the icons are identical. Users can comment on, like, and even save photos, as well as watch Instagram stories.
Instagram for Chrome is great for those who want to see what is going on on Instagram without having to find their phone. It allows for users to see recent notifications and to check out their newsfeed. Users can also edit their profile from within the Chrome page. Users cannot upload nor download any photos on the Chrome version. This leaves the webpage feeling a bit incomplete and even confusing to some users. While they cannot upload new photos to their profile from Instagram for Chrome, users can change their profile picture.
The interface for Instagram for Chrome is essentially identical to that of the phone app. When watching Instagram stories, the screen appears the size of a cellphone and the rest of the screen becomes black. This is obviously not the ideal viewing place for those who want to interact in a natural way with Instagram. It feels like Instagram for Chrome was almost an after-thought.
Although Instagram for Chrome sometimes appears like a literal copy and paste of the original Instagram, it is great for light browsing. It feels very familiar and is quite easy to use. In typical Instagram fashion, it is designed with the endless scroll in mind. It is also great for those who are looking for an exact link to a photo or video.
While it has a lot of changes to make before being a suitable substitute for the Instagram app, Instagram for Chrome overall is a good webpage.
Although Instagram was specifically designed for a mobile device -- such as an iPhone -- you can still access your Instagram feed on your computer by using the Google Chrome Web browser and the Instagram for Chrome extension. Like other extensions, you can install Instagram for Chrome through the Chrome Web Store.
The extension mimics the familiar user interface of the Instagram app on a mobile device so users feel comfortable navigating the extension. Additionally, because the extension uses the Instagram API, you are also able to use many Instagram features directly from the browser. You can comment on a photo, follow accounts and search for has tags just like the mobile app version of Instagram.
However, unlike the Instagram app, you cannot add any pictures to your Instagram feed. Even if your computer has a built-in Web camera, the extension does not allow you to take a picture and upload it to your feed. You can manage the extension via the Chrome Extension tab, including removing it if necessary.
You need an Instagram account before you can start using the extension on Chrome. Instagram does not endorse Instagram for Chrome and, as a result, the company does not offer support for the extension. Although the extension does not offer photo uploads, it is an efficient way to access your Instagram account from your computer.
Access your Instagram profile from your computer
Use Instagram search tools
View popular Instagram photos
Invite friends to use Instagram
Cannot download Instagram photos to your computer
No option to upload photos to your Instagram feed