Grids is a beautiful, but limited, Instagram app for Windows

If Instagram on the Web isn't your cup of tea, you might want to check this new app for Windows – Grids. Grids is a Windows app for Instagram – It's not a modern app, but a desktop app, which is an odd choice since more and more Windows developers are moving to Universal apps these days.

Grids allows you to ditch Instagram's Web experience and view your Instagram feed in a sleek and streamlined fashion. The gorgeous, adaptive UI works pretty well on displays of all sizes, and in whatever window size you keep it on. You can like the photos or comment on the same from within the app. The app also pushes your notifications when there are new feed, followers, likes, comments, mentions or requests.


One of the obvious limitation is that you can't upload photos to your Instagram account from the app. That would've made the desktop client pretty awesome, especially for people who own/manage more than one Instagram accounts.

While the basic app is free, a $4.99 upgrade gets you support for multiple accounts and the ability to search for users and hashtags. You can also see photos from nearby or the users tagged in a particular photo. The app allows you to bookmark people, location, hashtag or single photo/video.

While the basic version allows only one layout option (square), you can choose between four different designs - square, brief, vertical, horizontal – to view your Instagram feed. You can also configure the app display with options like background color, grid size, et al.


While Grids is a beautiful app, I find the choice for a desktop app awkward. Of course, that also means that the app is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10! Also, the basic version is pretty limited, and at $4.99, you'd really have to be convinced to go for the upgrade. Download it from the official site here, and give it a whirl. Let us know how you like it.

Abhishek Baxi
  • Thank god for 6tag
  • Interesting choice of desktop but very useful for those on 7 and XP. Might give it a look.
  • Why should desktop apps disappear? Good to see them coming
  • Competition to 6tag
  • I can't see why it would be. Both offer different things and on different platforms.
  • Hopefully 6tag will become a universal app.
  • I'm sure 6tag will be one of the first third party universal apps available, Rudy is the man
  • It's already known that 6tag will come to Windows 10 as a universal app.
  • Yeah, it is. Rudy said so.
  • Nope not worth it, once 6tag goes universal it wont be a purpose
  • Windows phone will not succeed without apps. I have been with Windows phone for 5 years now and still dissatisfied. My contract ends next month so it is time to go.
  • I much prefer desktop programs to store apps anyway, although I don't use Instagram.
  • I wonder who's going to be the first idiot to actually buy grid 4.99 to search for users or hastags lol pathetic....update instagram..screw 6tag
  • LOL exactly
  • I don't know whats wrong with the officail instagram "beta" app .... yeah its beta so what ? functions properly and gives notifications, no problem at all for me :) uploads all working fine :) IDK why people go for 3rd party apps ? additional features ? more image editing tools maybe integrated ?? then its not instagram :P
  • 6tag it's better because you have the option to upload videos and all the things that are available on iOS and Android official instagram app and are missing from the official Windows Phone app that developers forgot to update for 2 years !
  • I'd prefer Explorer for Instagram.