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Instagram officially jumps from Mobile to Windows 10 PC

The age old question if Instagram would port its UWP-ish app for Windows 10 Mobile to PC has finally been answered: yes, they will.

Tonight, you can now install the popular image sharing site right to your Windows 10 PC, Surface, or laptop. No Xbox or HoloLens, yet.

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Perhaps this should not be too surprising seeing as how back in July the company did add support for Continuum with Windows 10 Mobile. All that needed to be completed was making the app adaptable when resized. Continuum today only does one window size (full), but we all know that will change with Redstone 2 so it makes sense companies would have to update their apps to support various windows sizes and orientations.

The app behaves as expected including viewing photos, direct messages, leaving comments, it even has notifications.

You can upload previously taken photos or use your PC's camera(s)

And yes, you can even upload photos (so long as they are in your Pictures > Camera roll folder). The Instagram app will allow you to upload previously taken photos or access your device's built-in camera. Should you have no camera install, the app just omits the camera icon. You can even switch between the rear and front cameras on the Surface with ease.

Overall, it is pretty wild to see Instagram on Windows 10 for PC. This is the first time to our knowledge the company is letting the app on the desktop officially. Grab it now and let us know what you think!

Download Instagram from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)

Thanks, Herbert A., for the tip!

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Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

202 Comments
  • Yesss!! *excitement overload*
  • Well, be careful what you ask for.. It's possible that before long the PC app will have more users than the phone app, and FB will be like "bye bye birdie!!"
  • Why would they say that?
  • Are you new here?
  • LOL.  Hardly.
  • Honestly, I don't feel that's true. As a developer, ever since I've released my applications for the UWP, I've had more downloads on Mobile than I have on Windows 10 and it's a very uni-device app, not superior on any device in particular.
  • Sadly many people don't know Windows 10 has an app store. All my friends still go to Facebook.com instead of the app. And the app works the same way as it does on their phones...
  • Microsoft is trying in ways though. Cortana in Microsoft Edge tells you when there's an app available for the website you're on now.
  • I do not use edge, or cortana, in fact I found a way of killing cortana. Not thjat it will bother me anyway, going back to winmdows 8.1 this weekend,   
  • Congratulations?
  • So why wouldnt they use the Browser? More functionality .. less buggy.. Why you would need an app for Facebook is the big question in the first place 
  • They need an app because Surface. I just wish their app were less buggy. I think its because it was a port of an iOS app.
  • Why do people use the Facebook app on their phone?
  • Why would they not? This isn't a logical question..
  • Notifications is why.
  • Why download another app for doing something that can be done in a browser?  i can understand with a Mobile phone, but not for a PC, also a lot of the Windows 10 apps are awful,.  
  • Because it's native and people like that. Also, notifications, live tiles, reminders, calendar integration, contact integration, Microsoft Band integration, etc... This is like asking someone why they'd use the Office 2016 native app before using Office Online. Web is too basic.
  • If you like all that I suppose, I do not like this intergration stuff, I do not have an MS account, so none of that stuff above would work for me anyway. So if i downloaded say the app version of facebook, what advantage would it offer me over the the web based one? Not that I can as I uninstalled the store,  C cleaner is great for that.      
  • App is for personal FB, the web version one is saved with alt account to chat girls up.
  • Google just added Play Store on Chrome OS.. Why? Chrome OS is basically web browser. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • What's the point of UWP if not to get more users/increase accessibility on more devices. I see this as a good sign. We're always talking about trying getting more developers on the UWP boat and this is a big company to do that. I can't see any negatives. This will also help mobile indirectly too.
  • Mobiles I can understand, using a browser on a mobile is a pain, and IU certainly would not do online banking on my phone if there was no app, not that I do it much anyway, or use facebook. But on a Pc, certainly a screenh machine, like a desktop or a large laptop I do not see the point.   I can see what Ms is trying to do with UWP and maybe with some software it will work ok, like making MS office a UWP, not that there is enough people using ten to make it worthwhile at the moment. But apps like facebook are just a waste of time I can open a browser and click on a favourite quicker than searching for the app in the start menu and it launching, I can also use a password manager to sign in, that would not work on a UWP.      
  • I disagree, I mean there are still advantages with having a UWP app like notifications, live tile, etc. Also, on a tablet it's easier using an app since it's more touch friendly. Usually when I access an app on my actual computer I just push start key and start typing so that's actually faster for me than opening a browser then going to the website. Regarding signing in, in an app you are usually already signed in anyways. However, my main point isn't arguing what's more efficient or not. I'm just saying that's it's a good thing and a big deal that a big company is actually utilizing UWP.
  • Instagram i have no interest in at all, so downloading that would be a waste of time, so to give these apps a go, I decided to download the facebook one for Windows 10, because according to some people on here apps are better than using the browser.  It is bloody awful, for a start messenger is yet another app, so that is another app I have to download, so two apps to do two things my browser do. The layout of the facebook app is awful, no way as far as I can see to zoom the text, which I can do in the browser., The whole app looks like something that belongs on a mobile phone, not a desktop or laptop, thihs is why even if i was staying with windows 10, I would stay clear of UWP apps.    
  • Just look at Chrome OS now they come with Play Store for you to install apps. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Chrome Os is not really a full OS,  
  • Im confused please explain?
  • Guess they're use to multiple tabs on the browser..
  • Why lol? It's the same app, they just enabled it for PC.
  • It hasn't happened before and it isn't really an added cost to maintain for both.
  • Is anyone else waiting for Rudy to complete 6tag for UWP?
  • It looks like as soon as DropBox hired Rudy Huyn as a Windows dev, none of his apps are getting updated. :(
  • If was a move to prevent him from developing...
  • Very true... I now use the official app when I much prefer the 6tag UI, due to missing features I use :(
  • Rudy twittered that he won't publish it since Instagram is taking care of it. He tried to fill a gap which is closed by the official app. https://twitter.com/RudyHuyn/status/786743644984254464 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Rudy was a savior when one was needed. He can't hold the entire fort alone forever.
  • There's an official Instagram app now. Why would Rudy need to work on one? Posted from the Windows Central app for Commodore 64
  • I was referring to 3rd party apps with no worthy 1st party apps available.
  • LOL! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah and that escalated quickly!
  • YESS!!
  • Yay, I'm a tipster! :D Anyway, I am not able to leave comments and refreshing the feed seems a case of closing and restarting the app on PC.
  • This is awesome! We should see some awesome new pics now that users will be able to upload all of their Photoshop creations.
  • Good point or you will see more people selling stuff
  • I hope Facebook apps also integrate their apps on the lockscreen..that's what's missing still..
  • And better Live Tiles and actionable notifications at least. Also People app since it only provides basic contact syncing.
  • Btw is Facebook's enterprise app Workplace available for Windows mobile?
  • OMG, everyone can go crazy now. I mean really, it's Instagram.
  • I buy Insta-gram at the store - just put the gram in a pot, feed it some water, and instantly have some rice!
  • Never used it, see no point in, just another useless app.  
  • You don't, I do. Useless to you doesn't mean squat when I can now post my DSLR pictures from my Surface without having to go through several loops.
  • I just do not see the point in instgram, if I want to share photos, there are plenty of ways of doing so.,  
  • This should make some people VERY happy
  • finally i been using instapic for the longest happy this is available
  • Me too, but I find this one being of less quality than Instapic, in terms of design and useability.
  • Well, the UI is terrible. Just as terrible as on Android and iOS tablets. Then again, Facebook is incapable of designing good UIs. But it's nice to have some additional functionality over the web version. I can see myself actually using the app on Windows if only to reply to direct messages (seen as on desktop PCs the camera feature doesn't work, even if you have a webcam)
  • LOL ******* Debbie Downer over here always gotta have something bad to say. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I like how you're posting from Android but defending Windows platform like a true fan lol i do it too
  • Just because we use Android, that doesn't mean that we don't care. I have a Windows Central app installed on ALL of my phones.
  • i have all 3 OS.  I dont discrimnate, however, if anyone trolls windows, I stand up to it becaues im sick of people coming here telling others that windows phoen is dead or whatever. 
  • 1 - Windows Phone IS dead. 2 - This article doesn't concern Windows Phone. 3 - You're sick, take some medicine. 4 - I don't recall saying anything about Windows. Which you'd have seen... If you could read. Which you clearly can't. 5 - Don't like any criticisms? Go away. I've been here for much longer than you mate. And I've never criticised anything without explaining why. 6 - Grow up. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My wp is the biggest reason I am buying a laptop in the coming days, when I bought a wp, I didn't even get simple apps like edx or memrise and that turned me down plus the vpn isn't working at all, but it isn't very bad as I thought. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You're the man...
  • Jup, this is about win 10 / win 10 mobile which both are not dead.
  • Actually your initial post was not bad. The way you defend yourself however shows the true DJCBS?
  • So now you went from posting worthless replies to posting post evaluations?
  • You tell people to grow up, yet come here with the most childish responses.
  • That coming from a whinning developer-wanna-be that keeps moaning people don't care for the only platform where he would ever stand a chance is rich.
  • Other than a poor attempt to insult me, I have no clue what you're trying to say. Maybe try some punctuation or something and I can try to understand.
  • Damn, I'd hate to be the the person who told you the truth about the Tooth Fairy. You're deep in that rabbit hole son.
  • That's until Andromeda finds its way to the market i guess.
  • I think the UI is as simple as it is to engage the user and to be easy for him/her to navigate.
  • Oh It's not about the simplicity. It's the waste of space. Just like it happens on an Android tablet or an iPad, the Instagram app doesn't scale anything. So you have the photos centred no matter what displey you use, and then have a ton of wasted white space to the sides.
  • Hmm I agree :P
  • Yeah, there is a difference between a simplicity and just plain lazy UI/horribly designed. This app is on the lazy side and just simply have tons of wasted space for desktop (especially desktop with giant monitors) and tablet use, let alone Xbox. The app needs to take advantage of space by making the photo feed into multi-column wall with bigger preview screen when commenting. Navigation bar needs to rearrange and other UI elements.
  • So? Make the window smaller.
  • Congratulations. You miss the point completely. You win "stupid solution of the day".
  • I understand that this is the main complaint about Instagram on devices larger than a smartphone. Even their browser version scales like this. So you have to take matters into your own hands and make the window smaller. At least on Windows you can. I haven't heard of Instagram being able to multitask on iPad yet. This is literally the only solution and you are privileged to have this solution on Windows. So no, I don't think I missed the point.
  • You do see how "make the window smaller" is not a solution but a work-around, right? If you're releasing an app for a system that is itself named after its most used feature - WINDOWS - making an app that scales properly should be on top of your priorities. Instagram has the same problem on Android and iOS. But none of those OSs shows apps on windows like Windows does. If you're going to release an app for Windows that doesn't scale, you might as well open Instagram on the browser as it will do the same. A non-scalable UI negates a priori the advantage of it being an app on Windows.
  • But yeah its true. Camera doesnt work on me either even i have webcam. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well, uploading isn't available at all for desktop/laptop, apparently.  That would have solved a couple of problems for me. Oh well.
  • I managed to upload from the Surface Pro 3. It fetched photos from OneDrive. But on my PC, no luck. I think the camera needs to be built into the device. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think it identifies the Surface as a tablet. My laptop has a built in cam. The Store description says devices other than tablets may not have all features. Arg.
  • I wonder if the app is identifying what is or isn't a tablet by the presence of a touch screen.
    I have a touch screen monitor to which I normally connect the SP3 to. I think tomorrow I'll connect that screen to my desktop again to see what happens. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Agree. FB is a mess. Lol... It's like waking into a kids playroom.. Super fun, but overwhelmingly busy, and before long you gotta get outta there. Lol
  • Yeah. I've had it with Facebook. Actually shut down mine. The moment I was spending more time hiding ads and posts informing me a friend had liked a photo from someone I don't even know, instead of actually seeing my feed and friends posts, I said enough.
    Instagram is going the same route unfortunately. They keep ruining it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The UI is definitely bad. It's just the phone layout copied and pasted in a larger screen. It's good to have found no major problem, but the giant buttons, thge centralized display and the lack of good use of space on larger screens does not compensate much.  Personally, i'd like at least the "big tile" option. 
  • Still waiting for 6tag UWP!!!!
  • Keep waiting, Rudy Huyn isn't working on his apps anymore.
  • Didn't Rudy Huyn go to work for Dropbox or something?
    ​I too like 6tag more than instagram, mostly for its speed.
  • Rudy said that he makes apps that are not officially available or supported. This Instagram app negates the need according to him.
  • Agree, I recall him making that statement. His app is still pretty great but the best thing for Win 10M is for more ppl to start using the official apps when they are available and adequate.
  • Do you think that Rudy still supports the platform just a strong these days? What about Liquid Daffodil?
  • Weird, I saw a post somewhere from him saying 6tag uwp was 99% done and just needed some time to go and finish it up. Oh well, I guess not enough of us paid for the app extras to make it worth his time
  • I vote for a Rudy Periscope app
  • I like how you got Poppy front and center. Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • THAT Poppy! lol
  • Wow a surprise to end the day
  • Nice! I just created a business instagram the other day. This will come in handy for sure.
  • Awesome! Hopefully that they will optimize and make use of the space since Instagram really just designed for smartphones on portrait orientation in mind.
    Since now its available on desktop and tablet (hopefully soon on Xbox at least), thumbnails needs to fill the area, post needs to be multi-column and the overall UI just like how Messenger and Facebook apps already adapted to larger screen sized beyond phone screens.
    Still same gripe still persist though since these apps don't take advantage of Windows features such as actionable notifications, better implementation of Live Tiles, even the UI still have the black statusbar and now even titlebar instead of more blended UI from iOS and Android taking advantage every pixel for the app. Lastly stability and performance needs further improvement. For now, gotta install this on my PC!
  • Well, it's a bit crappy but it's important that it's there. I'll keep using Instapic instead.
  • Well, snap. I think I already found a bug. My instagram on mPC has only 4 icons at the bottom. home, search, likes and my profile, the midle camera icon is totally missing.
    BUT..... when I click my mouse in the middle of the area between the search icon and the heart, the camera actually starts!
    Go figure...
    ​Overall, a good first step to get this to a PC desktop.
  • Is your camera built into your PC? Or are you considering a laptop a "PC desktop"? 'cause I've tried reproducing that on a desktop (tower, monitor, even webcam connected) and it doesn't work.
  • I have an USB connected webcam, no action to take a photograph using that seems possible ATM.
  • Sounds like you need an upgrade my friend!
  • i can't reproduce the error, but i can take photos with the webcam through the app, so maybe there's some truth there
  • Don't bring this sh*t at WC! Go somewhere else
  • Don't bring that **** attitude Mohamed.
  • Yeah!!!! Hot Chips and Gravy!!!!
  • TAKE THAT IPAD
  • ...if only I cared about this crap. Good to see more apps though. I kind of wish it was the other way around.
  • I still don't use or give a crap about Instagram, but yea! glad to see this happen; UWP at work , hopefully it continues.  
  • So is this Instagram thing a food app? Like I can cook insta-gram or insta-noodles?
  • YESSSS!!
  • Ohhhh yeah...
  • This is great. Easier to share those photos i browse on OneDrive from my surface 4
  • Nice! but whooop?!creating your story crashes the app.
  • I have been waiting for this! Awesome!
  • Cool!
  • Awesome!
  • Awesome!!!!!! Nice work instagram
  • Good news!
  • And to think, this is the same company that threw us an awful crappy "beta" app and never updated it.
  • I got updates for the WP 8 version of Instagram (Beta) 3 or 4 times IIRC. Windows(P) 10 IG has been updated several times more already.
  • I can't find the menu or icon to post picture. On mobile there are five icons at the bottom but PC has four, missing the camera icon.
  • If your computer doesn't have a built in camera, the camera won't show. It's unfortunate. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Even my laptop didn't even detect my camera. Go figure. Really unfortunate :( Though I'm least concern about the camera since Instagram isn't really designed for tablets, let alone desktop, but the UI seriously needs redesigning to take advantage of huge space.
  • I read somewhere else that your pc must be touchscreen with back camera for the camera button to appear.
  • So if it doesn't detect camera / you don't have one, then you can't even upload photos from the disk? :/
  • Recently I've been hearing something like this too. It seems like it and kinda make sense since device with touchscreens with back camera are mostly hybrids and tablets. The problem though is that you can't upload from the PC. Oh well, I'm not anyways looking forward to lift my Ultrabook to take photos. It's just rather inconsistent and just odd. For now they have to seriously redesign the UX.
  • This is so wonderful! This is the kind of support UWP needs.
  • Ah man. You can only upload pics from your camera roll so no getting likes for pics you didn't take J/K. You know updates will follow to fix things up. Good job Instagram!
  • Put the pictures you didn't take on OneDrive. The app fetches content from there lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You can upload any picture stored anywhere on your PC, just open the pic in Photos app and click share option and select Instagram from the list.
  • I tried but it can only be used as a direct message. Oh well. Hope they update the app to include desktop PC.
  • oh yes! you are right.
  • Right, yeah that is a point of improvement for IG.
  • I'll tell you one better, you can share from Windows Explorer! Use the share button and Instagram is included in the list.
  • UWP! UWP!
  • This was probably ported with facebook's Osmeta developer tools like their facebook app and probably a centennial UWP app since its 32-bit
  • So explain it working on phones using ARM then? How can it be 32-bit only if it works on phones? Though I agree, it was ported via Osmeta.
  • The phone app was compiled differently I suppose. Developers can choose to have unified listing with code targeted for the platform. You can go to view the appx folder for mobile and pc and see the code is very different.
  • All phones are 32bit. There isn't a 64bit Windows Phone yet.
  • 32-bit makes no difference to a UWP app as it's designed to work across all types of devices with different architectures.
  • I beg to differ. Centennial apps cannot run on ARM-based devices (mobile).
    E.g. Kodi 17 beta
  • Except that's not technically a UWP, it's a win32 app in a UWP wrapper.
  • UWP unfortunately does not automatically mean byte code executables. Libraries and binaries may be native (ARM, x86, amd64, etc) in a UWP application.
  • Yes but a UWP would contain ALL the required binaries as it's designed to work across multiple platforms.
  • Including iOS and android?
  • Great news!
  • I can't download the app. It says I don't have direct x 9 which of course I do. Hopefully they'll fix that so I can try it out.
  • Same here :-( It says I need Directx9. I don't have that, but I do have Directx12. Wonder why others don't have this problem? Tried it on another PC, which has DirectX 10. Exactly the same problem!
  • Yes... That's what I wanted.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is so cool! To me the best bit is how the apps ported from iOS (using facebook's own tools instead of project islandwood) are being continuously developed to adjust to different screen sizes like PC and mobile, which is one of the hallmark of UWP. I can only hope that further down the line, the apps will be shifted to native Microsoft development platform languages because the ported apps have quite some performance issues both on PC and mobile (particularly low to mid end phones), sd cards and doesn't seem to be playing nicely to windows both in performance and UI. I hope that by continuing development, the apps will eventually jump to Microsoft's own development tools and will make for as nice an app as Twitter for windows (it is my favourite UWP app both in design and performance, though adding features in subsequent updates could be better though, oh well) is.
  • Well, funny thing. I sent a problem report (no takey photo's on PC) and the app asked me if I wanted to activate shake my phone to report a problem. So if there was any doubt, this kinda confirms it's a conversion of the IG Win 10 app. Hoping it will be updated to become PC friendly :D
  • InstaPic is actually more functional despite being an official client, at least you can save pictures with that app
  • Nice now you edit on pc and post from the app
  • NO YOU CAN'T POST FROM PC USING THE APP its just a viewer :(
  • Finally! (^^p) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • YES!! SUPER EXCITED!!!
  • Oh gosh sweet...........
  • Good.
  • Glad
  • Is it only me that I don't find the camera button?
  • Yes. The posting function only works if you pc is touchscreen with back camera. 
  • Wtf did i just read? This is even more exciting than Red Stone 2
  • Happy to see this! Gonna install this right now on my Surface! :D
  • Am i the only one where the instagram app dorsnt wannah load while downloading and afther that it stops and give an error
  • What's instagram?
  • YAASSSSSSS!
  • sounds good
  • Finally! It would be easier to manage instagram account of businesses that has thousands of followers to posts and gather followers.
  • InstaCrap
  • Crashes on launch just like Facebook and Messenger apps.
  • Surface RT?
  • Windows RT is dead, Morty.
  • Why can I not see the button that lets me upload pictures? Is it because I am using it on a desktop? Seems illogical.
  • It doesn't show when a camera isn't attached.
  • The only good thing about this Universal Windows App is that now we have mobile apps on windows too! I always wanted to check my accounts while I am working with my PC. Shame this doesn't happen in reverse thou ... There are too many apps in windows which if there were available in mobile version, the app gap would be a lot smaller.
  • hey this is awesome, I type much faster on the computer so thats what I'm most appreciative of. being able to reply to people quickly. :D
  • Wow, that's some seriously great news!
  • Great to see, and I actually think I prefer the Stories in a bigger format. Wish you could upload from Photos from WITHIN the app tho, or that it wouldn't crash when you share FROM the Photos app to Instagram... Baby steps!
  • You can but you need to have a camera attached though.
  • Well, my Surface has a camera but it's not god enough for lovely Instagram pics. Would be nice to be able to pic from my whole library and the Photos app properly.
  • Now they just need to optimize the Facebook PC app for smaller screens and GET RID OF THE TERRIBLE MOBILE APP!! I think the UI would work, with the hamburger menu collapsed and other minor changes. It also looks much cleaner than the mobile app UI and fits better in Windows 10.
  • It take very much time to launch.. Fix it plzzzz
  • Finally!!!
  • Hi, Poppy❗
  • Is there a Mac desktop/laptop app at the moment?
  • Yah, finally it took them a year after announcing they would make a "uwp" instagram app. I was pretty much expecting this app all year. 
  • I don't understand why Instagram does not let us save photos and videos. This is one of the things I miss when comparing to third-party apps like InstaPic or 6Tag, although InstaPic currently also cannot save videos. The UI from the third-party apps is also better in other aspects. But I do appreciate the official app, don't take me wrong. For one thing, I need to use it to create new accounts. I have problems with third-party apps when I tried to create accounts.
  • Finally something is here which which drastically change the over all usage of apps on WP10. Most people who have a huge following on insta take pictures or videos from a nice camera and the edit those pictures on there computers and the edited stuff gets transferred to the phone for uploading on insta.
    Its a very long process now that we have insta app for wp10. Users can directly upload there content via desktops or laptop were they edit those pictures.
    Its will help pushing others apps indirectly as people will start using the wp store to download something finally.
  • i'm running the latest version of windows 10 and i download instagram but it doesn't work! can someone help me!?  
  • Now Snapchat needs to learn something.
  • By the time we get Snapchat that fad will be done
  • Snapchat's business model of self deleting imagery is not suitable for PCs. There are too many ways to circumvent the auto delete functionality on a PC when compared to a comparatively closed system like a phone.
  • Not surprised that Rubino has such a poor taste in music.
  • Can Anyone Tell me How to Post pictures from windows Instagram Application? Unable to see any upload section or button...
  • Click on the camera
  • Is it my usb webcam is too old thats why Instagram app cant detect my camera?
  • yes quite possibly, especially when your computer didn't originally come with Windows 10.
  • Photo