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Instagram sharing app Instagraph gets priced, available later today for Windows Phone 8

The wait is over. Instagraph, the unofficial Instagram posting client for Windows Phone 8, will be available to be downloaded in the Store within the next 12-24 hours as it has now been published.

The app does have a nominal price of $2.49 with no free trial  to help support the server investment by the developers. Currently, only Windows Phone 8 is supported but Venetasoft do plan on bringing Windows Phone 7.x backing in the future (see the FAQ printed below). In addition, at least initially users will only be able to upload 3 photos a day to Instagram via the service in order to ensure that capacity is not overrun, resulting in extraordinary upload times. That number will be increased as more servers are brought online in the coming weeks.

While the status of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone remains elusive, Windows Phone 8 fans will now be able to post to their pre-existing Instagram accounts using the Instagraph client. Later, the developers plan to support Instagram account-creation through the app directly.

Instagraph Instagram client for Windows Phone 8

The service works by indirectly posting your photos to Instagram via Azure servers, bypassing Instagram’s locked-down API access. Surprisingly, the method they use does not violate Instagram’s terms-of-service, meaning we do not expect this to be “shut down” any time soon (neither do the developers who have a lot riding on this financially, in addition to their reputation).

The app itself, as we detailed in our mini-review, does not allow one to browse or even directly edit their Instagram pics (there are numerous third party apps that already do this on Windows Phone). Instead, it serves merely as a conduit to post to Instagram natively from a Windows Phone 8 device.

The app is powered by Aviary photo editor, which is not the same filter as Instagram but in many ways better (more filters, more editing options) and let’s be honest, it’s not too hard to mimic Instagram’s look.

A full FAQ has also been posted about Instagraph, which should go far in answering some user concerns of the app and service. Keep in mind, this is version 1.0, meaning this is only the beginning.

Regarding versions for Windows Phone 7.x users and more, we can share the following:

  • WP7 version is near to being sent to certification
  • WinRT version has exited beta release
  • WP8 and WP7 new versions with the Registration feature (WinRT will have it at initial release)
  • All their (other) Apps are free for a week

We'll update this story when the link is live for the app, though it should not be too much longer now (due to concerns of being overwhelmed, the developers are being extra cautious about hyping the release too much).

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FAQ

Why it is not official Instagram?

  • Well, we cannot do anything about it 
  • We asked them to release a WP version, as we are WP users and enthusiasts too, then we asked for the complete API set, but without success, so we felt abandoned and started working on Instagraph.

Why is it not possible to create a new Instagram via Instagraph ?

  • Instagram accounts can only be created directly from iOS and Android devices currently, due to Instagram access restrictions.
  • The next Instagraph update adds this feature for WP devices.

Why is it not possible to see post or comment ?

  • Instagraph in its first releases will only cover important features missing from other Instagram Apps. You can use other beautiful Apps such as WPGram and Metrogram for this, or even the web browser. Once installed, Instagraph is integrated into the "share" and "edit" menus, so it is super easy to share pictures from other sources or Apps too.

Will a WP7 version be available?

  • Yes, and a WinRT version is en-route too

Does Instagraph use Instagram API?

  • No.
  • We don't spoof, sniff, alter or "hack" Instagram calls to their web services in any way.
  • Nor have we emulated, reverse engineered, disassembled or altered any Instagram App on iOS or on Android.
  • Instagraph is completely compliant with Instagram terms and policies, as we did it legally.

Why do we need to enter username and password on settings page, and not on classic oath web page?

  •  Instagraph does not use Instagram API,so direct Oath authentication is not needed.

Is privacy preserved?

  • Your data is HTTPS encrypted, all network communications between apps and services are SSL secured.
  • We delete an image immediately after being successfully submitted to Instagram.

Have you been helped/supported/funded by Microsoft or Nokia to build this App?

  • No, Microsoft only certified it to prove Instagraph is legal, secure, and it does not violate your privacy.
Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

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.

326 Comments
  • Neato
  • Yup! The developers must be geniuses for actually finding a way. Can't wait to grab this app!
  • I Love the way WP8 lets apps feel like add ons , imagine using Metrogram and then sharing your picture using this app , its amazing and it kind of feels like the N9 settings back in the day where apps became amazing new settings in a way.
  • Nope.
    Venetasoft loses no damn reputation because no one outside of WP enthusiasts will remember that name. Microsoft loses reputation for looking like idiots with this app being pushed on the forefront. Shame on WPCentral for acting as advertising for this overpromising, underdelivering app.
  • Wow man 3 photos a day.....for that price
  • Azure servers are not cheap. Each upload will cost them, The devs need to lock/limit this, at least until they can analyze and see. I don't see them making money by only charging 2.49. Be happy they aren't charging a subscription fee.
  • I would rather have that so i can upload unlimited but i understand its a work around. So we will see
  • If you dont kill Azure Servers today, or Instagram does not (physically) kill us, this limit will be removed very soon :)
  • Okay so it will be worth 2 dollars
  • How often do you upload more than that anyway? Il be surprised if I upload more than 3 a week.
  • Well since i just made an account and it has no photos i would want to upload more first day
  • I have no problem with 3 photos a day, but I really hope they but this notice in bold in the app summary or something, otherwise I can see lots of 1 star reviews happening.
  • I agree. I'll pass and just keep using my tab 2 to upload as much as I want for free. I can wait for a free official app. Thanks to the devs for this but at this price, with such limited capabilities, I'll pass.
  • I find it amazing people find $2.49 expensive when devs spend so much time on these things. I appreciate the upload limit or reduced functionality being a reason to not be interested though
  • Id gladly pay 2 something to help out with servers. That being said since i will be helping out i should get unlimited uploads
  • It's all relative since other OSes get unlimited uploads for free.
  • The limitations the full APP has is something i would expect from a trial version of the app not a full version. But i guess its better then nothing and $2.49 is something i can live with.
  • I also hate paying for a work around and then have the official app come out....then it was a total waste of money
  • Its not a waste of money. The devs found a way despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Support talented devs who support the platform you use is a very positive thing and really is the type of support other devs look at when deciding to support a smaller platform.
  • I bought it
  • I don't mind paying for good apps and games, seriously. I prefer that over having ads destroy the look and feel by eating up too much screen real estate. But paying for a 3rd party service, which could be broken any minute by Hipstergram themselves and which doesn't yet offer more than uploading images altered with a web based photo editing service? No thanks.
  • Ditto.
  • Did you not read this. After getting instagraph, you'll be able to upload using other third party apps like wpgram. I think it's a fair deal
  • I did read that. Still doesn't change a thing about the fact that Instagraph itself doesn't offer browsing, commenting and so on, thus renders it useless as a full Instagram app. I wouldn't mind that if the app ran for 0.99 or something, but when I have to pay 2.49, I expect it to be complete.
  • TOS of Instagram is going to be changed in 3-2-1
  • Hit the nail on the head. It doesn't appear that Instagraph has any future protection from TOS changes.
  • Instagram is FREE... no thanks
  • Given the choice between having nothing and this, you're choosing nothing, which is fine. I'm grateful for having the choice now, which I think some of you should at least consider. If it were able to have been done for free, it certainly would have. All blame here though goes to Instagram, not creative third-party devs trying to meet user demand. This is how the Windows Phone community tries to overcome obstacles, it should be a point of celebration even if everyone doesn't see the personal value in it. /rant
  • There should be no end to this rant sir. This is one of the reasons I came to WP. The creativity and drive of the developers makes it what it is. I feel that being along for the ride and sharing in the development of some great things is what makes this platform worth it for me. Even if you don't use instagram you should support these devs, insane amounts of time and money must've been dumped into this.
  • I'm choosing to not use it because it does not use OAuth.
  • It's not like he was blaming the third party developer, so don't see why a rant is needed. Some of us don't see the value in paying $2.49 for an app that doesn't even offer the full features, I am one of them. The developers have done a good job, but I think I'll wait for the official app.
  • The rant is needed to clarify it in general. We should all be happy about this release, its kind of a victory.
  • 2.50?? You cheap ass.
  • lol these people just complain complain haha.. I will buy the app for sure even thou i don't have a instagram acct and i don't even use instagram haha.. thinking out of the box is the reason i will support these developers.
  • "Later today" could not come fast enought!!!!
     
  • Why we have to pay, and iOS and Android users get for FREE? The REAL Instagram?
     
    I’m not complaining about the price of the APP, I value the work of the DEVs. I bought a lot of APPs. LOTS
    I use Windows Phone since the beginning, I fight for the platform
    BUT I want the REAL Instagram. We want :)
    Daniel you are right. This is a Windows Phone community and we have the obligation of not allowing the WP to be always the last one receiving the APPs and having to pay for an APP that does what Istagram does.
    Why do we always end up not getting the best? We have the best OS so we want the APPs like Istagram to be available NOW and Free like in the other platforms.  :D YES WE CAN
     
  • 100% Agree with Daniel. I will be buying this app just so I can support a developer that is this dedicate to WP. I will be checking out their other apps as well. I mean think about the other things you are willing to spend $2.49 a day for! ( Red Bull, Starbucks, Taco Bell Etc.)
  • I’m not complaining about the price of the APP, I value the work of the DEVs...
  • Exactly. People piss and moan all day then talented devs step up and provide a solution with the intent to CONTINUE improving the experience. I don't even own a WP8 device yet but i'm still going to purchase it for a few of my friends who do. Support these devs and others like them is how the WP platform will drive developer adoption. That will benefit us all.
  • the instagraph solution is AMAZING, but i want to tell you what i though the minute i knew its not free (im not saying it should be), but as a buyer i though what if instagram shows up in the store anytime soon, i would get this feeling as if i lost, and to make a purchase a person must feel that he/she gained, just saying. :)
     
    btw i have a WP7.8 soo :( ill buy it when its out :P
  • I don't see it that way, exactly. It's like when I bought Rowi, then the official Twitter app was updated to support several of the same features. I have both at my disposal now. I don't regret the purchase.
    Similarly, if I bought Instagraph, then an official app came out, again I'd have both. And I might find that one has features or UI that I prefer over the other. And we may find that the Instagraph developers have more frequent updates and a more enjoyable experience overall, should an official app ever come out for it to be compared to...
  • Why don't you invest tons of your time writing an app?  Then you'll really appreciate hearing random dickbags tell you it should be free.
  • Seriously 2.50 guys for something 80% of us have been dying to get? I think its well worth it and u guys should quite complaining. Sorrie not everything in this world can be free like the government wants u to believe lol jk but seriously get over it. And show some suporrt for these guys.
  • Yeah but in some countries other than the states I can tell yo it is allot of money 5Aud and in NZ its nearing 7bucks!! for example for an app only allowing for 3 photos per day and no full UI I mean how hard can it be to create a full propper ui?! I mean metrogram did it.... Wpgram did it..? /rant
  • Maybe becuz they wanted to get this app out as soon as possible with functionalitys windows phone currently doesn't have then work on that kinda stuff later. At least that's what it sounded like in there question and answer part of this article.
  • Dying to get? So you're currently on your deathbed? 80% is a lofty estimate; overestimated for sure.
  • Oo please its a figure of speech get over yourself. And when I say 80% I'm mean the people on windows phone who actually have and use instagram not people who want to try it for the first time. And actually everyone I know who owns a windows phone wants the app and are willing to pay for it. And I know quite a few people wit WP's.
  • Maybe some of us don't want to pay for it? It doesn't make us cheap, nor does it mean we don't want to support the developers. But have you actually thought about the fact that we don't want to pay $2.49 for something we may not use as much? Just cuz it's the first instagram app does not mean we need to go out there and pay for it.
  • Not quite impressed. Sorry.
  • Not too bad. Devs need to be paid too. 2.50 isn't big money.
  • WP7!
  • Oh boy! Now I can get an app to show off my lunch to the world!
  • Why not be more creative than that?
  • Some people just don't get sarcastic remarks.
  • Of course I did.
    Those kind of jokes are just old, so I decided to act like a prick.
  • Cool story bro
  • $2.49 for three photos a day?? Well.. Hey, its a start right? Thank you, Venetasoft!!
  • Yeah, the 3 photos a day is a temporary limitation until they can better gauge user demand and adjust their servers. It's unfortunate but due to their system, it has to be that way in order to ensure some order.
  • Daniel if enough people download this app do you think it will help Instagram official app come to WP?
  • Yes, I think it will bring a lot of attention to the issue and cause, for the good.
  • Cool. I will get it for my nephew who just got a L820 my fiancée and my self. Sad but most of her family won't make the jump to WP tell Instageam is available.
  • However, once the official Instagram app comes out, what happens to all the infrastructure that Venetasoft invested in, the Azure servers? Instagraph will instantly be dead. =(
  • That does suck but at the same time that's the risk venetasoft is taking. As I said I am supporting them by getting it for two others and myself.
  • Dont you think in the end when Instagram does come to wp and this app is forever forgotten people will feel like this was a fruitless investment...kinda like buying a wp7? Just like windows phone 8, Instagram will come out and the money people spent will feel wasted? I get its cool but they are building something that Instagram is gonna make obsolete..
  • If $2.49 will be missed then you have no business having a smartphone. Also if Instagram comes to WP sooner than later we will get more market share as a lot of kids will not make the jump without their beloved Instagram.
  • It's not just about the money we spend but also the investment the developer is making just to fall into obscurity I is my point.
  • Quality over quantity. :)
  • Now "Cinemagram" :D 
    http://cinemagr.am/
  • oh dear god another one........
  • There is also vine, which is available to WP iirc.
  • I thing Vine is iOS only. At least its not in the windows phone 8 store that I can find.
  • Nokia's Cinemagraph does that.
  • Brain cylinder it will be "about the social aspects" lol
  • Why not :) ?
  • Because its just something else we will be overlooked on lol
  • +1 :)
  • btw venetasoft thanks for all your hard work!! super appreciated. i will be buying this app to support you guys.
  • Good thing for Bing rewards!
  • This
  • Heck yea! I've got 10$ with Instagraph's name on it! Thanks Bing!
  • not free? No thanks, lomogram works fine.
  • They are spending money on servers in order to implement this, it would be silly to expect it to be free.
  • Lomogram, while a nice filter app, does not post to Instagram and therefore is not equivalent to Instagraph.
  • Ok how do we sign up if we dont have ios or android? Online?
  • You don't have friends with ios or android phones? Borrow, create, sign out, give it back. Easy
  • Download bluestacks on your pc, download instagram, sign up.
  • MIght as well just use that to post too :P
  • "$2.49 with no free trial" LOL They sure know how to milk money out of teens obcessed with Instagram.
  • Really, like maybe two cartons of milks worth.
  • How is 2.49 a lot??? LOL
    And given that they spend money to maintain servers for the app to work, I don't see how they could do otherwise. if it becomes popular, I guess they might lower it...
    Now, given the "politics" behind those things (Instagram not available for WP), this "loophole" might be closed once the app attract their attention, no?  :-)
  • If you can afford a wp8 device, you can afford $2.49 for this app.
  • Just because one can afford to give up $2.49 doesn't mean that one would choose to give it away to something they feel isn't worth their $2.49!
  • I was intrigued when this app idea first broke the scene, but honestly I think im gonna hold off, mostly because I can just upload photos from my SkyDrive from my 3rd Gen iPod touch, but also the possibility of the official instagram app coming next month
  • I still don't understand why Instagram doesn't let people create accounts online. They pretty much alienate anyone that's not on the iOS or Android bandwagon.
  • Control.
  • Yeah, but still, just because of that I don't feel like even trying to open an account with them due to the hoops needed to jump. I guess coming from Symbian to WP8 I just don't see the appeal in so many useless apps apple-users feel they need. Oh well. Still, it's nice that an alternative was developed for WP8.
  • Controling their servers load is important
  • At this point they are big enough to allow external users to setup accounts and follow others online as well. I just hate how companies single out users only because they don't user iOS or Android.
  • Instagram should just make a app for wp8 and stop being like google.. what is so difficult to make a app. so many 3rd party developer offer to make it free for them, but they just don't care and ignore all the users using wp8 just like what google is doing.
  • agreed. i think it is foolish for instagram to exclude a community, even when MSFT is willing to pay developers for their app. They definitely have the capacity on their servers and the man power to build an app for WP (both 7.x & 8.x) and you would think FB would encourage it considering MSFT has a stake in FB. This proves the innovation and ingenuity the WP community has. I would rather give my $ to an indie dev anyway. Plus even if instagram did release an official app, i wouldn't be surprised that it would be buggy and they wouldn't give the app proper updates and fixes. I trust indie devs to be properly maintain their apps.
  • Vine does the same thing. Putting insane limitations on devices is the new hot trend.
  • i completely agree with lita_g, i hate the fact that devs dont see the bigger picture that is people want to use their applications...
  • Nope I was all for buying it until I saw 3 photos a day...
  • Release it now.!! I'll purchase it right away to support the devs.!! ;)
  • I gotta say I'm not a huge fan of the price and 3 uploads a day. But the uploads will change later. As far as the price goes I'm ok with paying $2.50 to support the WP8 platform and show instagram that we do care. Also, all this work by these devs is pretty impressive. I have no problem giving a tiny $2.50 of my money to support these devs that clearly care about the platform
  • Wow. $2.49. Now way would I ever pay such an extravagant amount of money. How in the world will I pay my bills? :-\
    It should though have a try base. But then no one would buy it. I don't use instragram but its only $2.49. Geez. Can't win from losing. They know they gonna get slammed with upload that could crash their servers. Iono I'm more understanding. I'll buy it just so I can support the funding to expand and don't even use instagram. Smh
  • I'll gladly pay for this work of genius. Sticking it to the InstaMan!
  • Lol Instaman ...
  • Lol
  • Haha, same here. I want to buy it twice.
  • I approve. This is a nice eff you to Instagram/Facebook for not bringing the app to WP8. $2.49 is perfectly reasonable.
  • Wait a second, I need to provide this totally unknown company (at least I have never heard of it, no idea of its track record) my Instagram credentials? Come on...
     
    At least it supports the theory of virtual Android phones running on Azure. This must however be super inefficient and cost  a silly amount of CPU time and memory.
  • Can't put better than this. Handing over password is *not* safe unless you're obsessed with Instagram. At least, be aware of the risks before providing passwords in a 3rd party app.
    They themselves might be harmless but not sure whether they store your passwords in their server or it gets stored in your phone.
  • Cost is not that much of a prohibitive thing but 3 uploads/day will be hard for many.
    Personally, I don't use Instagram so don't care for the moment. Will try Instagram when there is an official app.
  • Evidently "3" is the average photos Instagram users share per day, so it has some bearing on reality. Of course user preference will vary (I'm like maybe 1 every two or three days myself).
  • Agreed. But many will find the limit just prohibitive for the sake of it even though they might not even upload a single photo.  It's psychological rather than in real life. Something like imagining a random day when they attend a party and need to upload more than 3 photos or something like that.
  • We want the program to be free :(
  • And they want to be paid for their hard work, creativity and risk. I don't understand why people expect free stuff. You want a free instragram app, go harass Instagram, or better yet, commit your own time and money to an app that can replace it and see if you'll give it away for free.
  • How about I just patiently wait for the official "free" app?
  • That's certainly a good alternative and one I'm going to be taking, however this is not an official Instragram app, so why would someone expect it to be free? A dev came up with a very smart approach to the issue at hand, put up time and resources to develop an app and get Azures running and people expect it to be free of charge. I think if everyone, complaining right now, were in the position of this dev would charge for this app, unless they had an alternative way to monetize it (which I doubt these guys do) and be rewarded for their hard work and the risks they took.
  • you're free to do it. that's the beauty of having a choice.
  • Are people really this impoverished? If you can afford a pricey smartphone you can afford a few bucks to put some apps on it. 
    This is getting really tedious.  I have friends (unmarried software engineers with disposable income) who have some kind of moral objection to paying for any apps on their phones, so they have Androids where they can sideload all the pirated apps they like.  These things aren't expensive. 
  • You still don't get it do you? It's not about the cost of the app. There's a chance a free official app will be out soon, so why should I pay for this when I can just wait? I'm completely fine with waiting.
  • Wait.......so I need to pay for a service that everyone else gets for free........but wait there's more, I can only upload 3 pictures a day lol....i appreciate the effort but seriously gtfo of here with that bullshit.
  • Three a day is fine. They need to pay for their servers. I don't see a big deal about the price. How many pictures do you want to upload anyway. What's so great about the pictures you take?
  • who said you "need" to do anything? Since you can't upload pictures to instagram from your phone right now, you can just keep on keeping on until something comes out.
  • So you waited for like forever for a way to post pictures on Instagram...and then you get a solution and you be a jerk about it? The truth is, Instagram can come up with an official app and charge $5 for it. What are you gonna do, buy an iPhone instead so you'll download it for free? You could buy a wp8 and you can't spend $2 on an app?
  • I don't know. Maybe if there were some sort of guarantee Instagram wasn't going to release their own free app in the next 60 I'd feel it's worth it. Decisions, decisions....
  • Same here. I'll wait a couple of months then decide. Maybe the free official app will be out by then. If not I'll consider it, if the 3 pic limitations are gone & it gets a price drop. <