Instagram for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and Desktops Even

by Robyn Wright on June 18, 2013

in Social Media,Tech

Instagram is a social network that allows you to share photos as they happen (or later) with your friends and family. I have been using it for a long time now and I really enjoy it. Not only is it fun to share my own photographs, but I really like looking at other people’s photographs too. Here are a few things you should know about Instagram for this week’s Tech Tuesday post.

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  • Instagram is free to join. You register for your account via the app on your device
  • You can view your Instagram account, or any public account, on the Instagram site by going to instagram.com/usernamehere You can NOT upload photos here though.
  • You may make your Instagram account private so that only those you follow can see your photographs. If you leave it non-private your photographs are available to everyone. I personally have an open account, I just do not post any photos I would not want to share with the world.
  • Instagram has a location function available also. If you do not want people to know where you are when taking photos turn this off. If you are at a public place or event and want to share the location, turn it on.
  • Many use hashtags (#) on Instagram to share a common theme.
  • You can share your photographs as you upload them to other social networks like Facebook and Twitter
  • There are some filters built in to the apps that let you modify your photos before sharing. You can also modify them with other apps and then upload to Instagram.
  • People generally do not re-share others’ photos
  • iOS users (iPhones, iPads, etc.) can download the free Instagram app in the iTunes store
  • Android users can download the free Instagram app in the Google Play store
  • Windows Phone users do not have an “official Instagram app” YET (I think it’s coming), but there are a few apps available in the Windows Store. I personally like the Instance app to use Instagram on my Windows Phone (I have a Nokia Lumia 920 currently). I can upload photos to Instagram with this app. It is $1.49 (as of Jan 18, 2013) but well worth the price I think.
  • Instagram has their own blog which shares some really interesting content from users along with tips and news.
  • Webstagram is a site that also lets you view Instagram photos and some extra tools like searching.
  • If you do not have a smartphone or tablet, or you just want a way to use Instagram on your desktop or laptop, you can use a program called BlueStacks. This program will allow you to then “install” Instagram on your computer and even upload photos this way. This is a slow and clunky way, but it does work. It is a bit technically challenging to set up the Instagram app and the photos.
  • Feel free to follow me on Instagram – RobynsWorld and let me know who you are (your username) so I can follow you also!

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Are you already using Instagram? What do you love about it?

© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 donna W June 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I have been reluctant to try instagram as I never really understood it. You really simplified it for me. Maybe I will step out of my box and give it a try. Thanks for the information.

2 Robyn Wright June 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

You are welcome Donna! If you have any questions just yell

3 terrik June 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I’m also reluctant to try instagram because I don’t really understand how it’s different from Pinterest.

4 Robyn Wright June 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

I think really the only way Instagram and Pinterest are alike is that they are photo based. However Pinterest is more like a cork board where you would pin up interesting articles from magazines, postcards from travels, recipes you’ve clipped from the paper, etc. Pinterest is where you share what you find for things like that – they are not your own photos (except bloggers of course who are sharing their content). Instagram on the other hand is where you share photos that you take yourself of your life. Most use their smartphones as cameras and Instagram is an easy place to share. People share photos of themselves, their families, their food, fun at the park, their pets, sunsets, etc. – again these are photos you take yourself.
Does that help?

5 terrik June 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Yes! Thank you. I’m not real big on pictures and am fiercely private about photos of my son. I know I’m like a dinosaur to everyone else, but it’s just the way I am.

6 Robyn Wright June 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

You are NOT like a dinosaur at all. Everyone has their own comfort levels for using all of these things. You have to do what works best for you. So for you, Instagram is not really going to be a social network you need to bother with.

7 Robin June 19, 2013 at 5:31 am

I set up an Instagram account with my iPad, but I rarely use the iPad and have not uploaded any photos to my account, since I can’t do it from my laptop.
I’ll try out the BlueStacks option.
For now, my username is rkosully (even though I have no photos on there),
and I am following RobynsWorld on Instagram!

8 Rich Becker June 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

It’s also owned by Facebook, which is why you can expect more integration.

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