6tag for Windows Phone

6tag, the first Instagram client for Windows Phone with video upload support and more, is now available

Tonight, Rudy Huyn’s long awaited Instagram client 6tag has gone live in the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was recently renamed from 6tagram due to copyright issues, is the first 100% API compliant Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices (Windows Phone 7.x support is expected later).

The app is a free download with in-app purchases to remove ads ($1.29) and to enable optional video uploads ($1.49), though users get one-free upload to test the experience. The app, loosely based off of Huyn’s other work, 6Sec (for Vine), features the same easy to use design along with every feature that Instagram offers, plus more.

6tag screens

Features of 6tag for Windows Phone 8

  • 100% original filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Video recording with cut scenes
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare, VK
  • Unlimited picture uploads
  • geotag your posts
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Front & Back camera support
  • And much much more...

In addition, the app has a Live Tile with counter for notifications and Lens support to quickly snap and upload an image to the Instagram network.

6tag screens

The app is not official or endorsed by Instagram though they did clear the name and any potential copyright issues beforehand, ensuring that the app won’t be removed for any future claims. The app uses a reversed engineered API to access the Instagram network, though Instagram is evidently looking the other way on this matter despite it technically violating their terms of service.

Head to the Store to download 6tag now for your Windows Phone 8 device (including 512MB phones). Free (with optional in-app purchases). Thanks, everyone, for the tips!

QR: 6tag


Reader comments

6tag, the first Instagram client for Windows Phone with video upload support and more, is now available



+920!!! I bought buy just to support the amazing work and effort put into this! Anyone know where to see popular at?

tap on "search" and the popular pics will appear under the search bar. This is the only feauture i miss switching from instance.

Hey Rudy, have you heard from anyone from Microsoft or Nokia? Because you're on everyone's radar right now.

Paying $1.50 for no adds totally worth it!
But in the other hand I'm considering to get the Video playback and video :P

Sorry if this is a silly question, but where do I go to make the payments to enable videos and remove ads?
EDIT: Nevermind! Figured it out after searching around for a while!

Got it! I'm testing it now. I've already paid to remove the ads and and about to do it for unlimited video upload. :)

hahahahaha pero como se le safa a ustedes el dominicano. 
Habrá que abrir un foro para los dominicanos aquí en WP central. 

Pero señores.... ustedes saben que desde que se juntan par de Dominicanos donde sea (aunque sea virtual) se arma la chercha!!!

For ads, you have to wait till they appear, they will show an "X" to remove them. For videos, its after you've exceeded the 1 upload limit.

Question... Do you know or anyone for that matter, how do I tag people??  I see the "tag" thingy, but I can't put any names..... I'm a little confused.

It'll be interesting to see if this app is enough to quell the whiners. Also, it'll be nice to see the Lumia 1020 just smash everyone else's photos! :)

Does anyone know the final resolution of an Instagram picture? I mean, if I upload a 2000*2000 photo, it gets resized to...?

  Its the first app that offer full instagram experience, only video filters are missing but they will be added in future patch. Also Rudy promised that in next weeks we will have a 7.8 version as well. Great news for wp users and windows phone.  Still Microsoft and Windows Phone STILL need official Instagram app for publicity reasons, (also it will be completely free) even if Rudy's app is better. We all need to support 6tag. 

As much as I like this one, the first app to give full instagram experience was Instance. Yes, it doesn't have video, but neither did Instagram when Instance was released.

Its not full instagram experience without the official filters! Instance filters is still its weak point. Also instance had many other issues like tags etc. 

I'm really excited for Instance V2. From the screenshots and bits of info I've seen, it looks to be quite the competitor for 6tag

Am I the only one having issue downloading. When I click from app it says not available yet. When I go to store I can hit install but from there it gives me an error code. -Lumia 925, US

So, for those of us beta testing this app, should we download 6tag now or will the beta still be accessible?

Yep, just downloaded 6tag because the beta stopped working.  Great app.  I noticed the live tile is slightly different on the full release than on the beta.  The logo is smaller and centered whereas for the beta the logo took up the whole tile (on small tiles)

I think Rudy is sleeping right now... He deservers this!!!! Tomorrow will be a great day for him!!
Once again, congrats man!!! 6tag is probably the best made for WP....

I'm not sure about Facebook, but I would kill to have a YouTube app from Rudy, seeing as I'm a YouTuber.

Goodbye Instance!!

PS: You guys are right though! It was a door to open a Instagram path, I used it a lot. If it does have a Video support in the future, I would be looking forward to return back to it!

To be fair though, Instance is really good, yes it doesn't do videos , but still good . I have posted over 500 pictures using Instance .
Thanks Daniel

Instance was good, that's why I bought it... but its clear that D. Gary doesn't have the time to keep it updated. Still grateful, his was the best by far before today.

Yeah, I liked that one too (and bought it). It was definitely a great step towards getting into the Instagram door.

Instance was released a while ago, crashes daily and has not been upated even though it's extremely unstable. Yes I know Daniel Gary is super busy, yes I know V2 is coming (very soon, for a while now), but I find it interesting that it took Rudy a month to create an app from scratch with more features, beta test it and release it, while at the same time releasing 2-3 updateds for 6sec app.
They are all very busy, this is not their full time job and they have lives, but if you charge money for the app (I know it wasn't much) there is a certain commitment to supporting it regulary.
I appreciate what Daniel Gary did and Instance was a great start, but it would have been nice if he put in the time earlier on and not when Rudy started talking about 6tag.

You sound like a petulant child. Instance was what?...A $1.50? 
Also, it crashed maybe twice in my experience. Maybe it's your phone's fault.

Actually, you response makes you sound like a child. I mentioned that the price is not a big deal. Do the research and you'll know that it's not the phone's fault and I'm not the only one having issues, there are a lot of users with the same issues. 

He would if people at Microsoft or Nokia were smart enough to hire him full-time to do that. He does in 2 weeks what an entire team at Microsoft can't do in two months.

MS is pretty good at making apps. Halo, Fresh Paint, YouTube, Bing apps, etc. It's the FB service causing issues (notification issues specifically) with the FB app.

If the Instagram MS built is the one Nokia has for months, then Rudy's is still better...which brings me back to my point: they should hire him :P

How can a lonely developer convince Instagram to give blessings to his app whereas mighty Microsoft with all its money fails to get their apps the same nod? Either Rudy is too charming or Microsoft's Instagram design sucks compared to this app.

Maybe Instagram has an axe to grind with Microsoft, not with Rudy? Maybe Instagram CEO hates Microsoft, they don't have anything to hate Rudy?

I wouldn't want that to occur. Yes, it would be awesome to have Rudy as a full-time developer, but as his own man he can code whatever the heck he wants. If he actually worked for MS/Nokia, things like 6tag couldn't happen for legal reasons. ;)

Just installed it and it's outstanding. I'm wondering though, if the problem with photos from third-party apps not showing up in tag searches still persists...

Not sure how the official app works, but I find it a little stupid when I apply an effect for the photo then go to border and each border has its own filter.

Just tries to go into the app and got an end of beta message. So you can't keep the beta. Glad to pay Rudy for his work!

You don't have to remove the adds (I admit, I think 1.29€ to remove adds is excessive), but if you want video upload, then yes, you need to pay 1.50€ because you'll be using Rudy's own servers as he doesn't have access to the Instagram ones directly.

To be fair, the 1.29 to remove ads, also helps the funding of his servers. He's not making huge profit margins or anything like that. :)

I know that. But I think 0.99€ to remove the adds would actually be more profitable and more people would actually remove them. At 1,29€, many will say "bah, just let the adds be" and not remove them. It's not an enormous difference in price, but psychologically it would work better.

Ads seem to pop up everywhere except the feed page. Just wait for an ad and click the 'x' in the upper right corner, you'll be taken to the buy page.

Well I figured out that during all of that API business with Instagram I reset my password. So it was a user error lol. Hope it all worked out for you. The app is great!

Instance v2 is coming out really soon. We went from having no Instagram clients 6 months ago on Windows Phone, to having two of the best ways to experience it. 

I kind of hope that instance (or whatever he has to change the name to) sucks... because I have paid for both of them & will have to decide between the two.

I disagree, your support for Instance helped bring it to Instagram's attention, I hope both get awesome and you get your money's worth.

OMG...I've been checking my phone every five minutes since 6Tag was first announced. My life is complete...

I can't wait to see the stats on the downloads. I'm really hoping it opens up some eyes and gets great recognition for Rudy.

Who says that you have to adapt. Instance is a fine app too and I'm sure updates will continue to come. Use whichever suits your needs/tastes/ hell, use both if you can't decide.

i want to purchase the video uploading but i have no video right now to upload. is there any way to purchase it without uploading one?? thanks.

This is gorgeous. Wish I could watch the welcome video every single time, this made my day (night)

App works great. All you cheap bastards buy it and support this deveoper.
wetworker on instagram. add me.

I get a "this app is not available in your region" error?! I'm in Philadelphia, USA. How is this a region-specific app?!?!

Bought and paid for! Fantastic app. Instagram would be idiots not to pay Rudy a handsome sum of money for this and make it official.

I thought you would get blocked if you use instance to post and all your pics are not public. Think Rudy mentioned it somewhere as well. Is that not the case? I am almost ready to create a new account for the fear of being blocked by using instance. Anybody confirmed it works?

Yeah that is my point they were supposed to not be working right? When i search hash tags now I see my photos. Check it. All my photos are posted with Instance and show up in #lumia1020.