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How to Download Instagram for PC or Laptop

Instagram is the most glamorous and the fastest growing social network now.

It has got awesome apps on smartphones, which was the main reason it became so popular!

The combination of the awesome camera filters with great selfies made instagram an instant hit.

But Instagram has been lagging behind other social networks, with the lack of a great web experience that Facebook and Twitter offers.

This has made instagram a pain to use in PC with it’s web interface.

But, there’s a work around for this, you can install Instagram apps on PC, which offers similar user experience as that of it’s smartphone counterparts.

I’ll be explaining simple steps to install Instagram on your PC/laptop.

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To download and install Instagram on your pc, all you have to do is to follow the instructions given below.

Before installing Instagram on pc, you’ll have to download and install an app called Bluestacks. Bluestacks is an Android emulator for Windows PCS.

Windows won’t natively support Android apps, so we have to use an emulator to run the Android apps in Windows.

One of the best emulators available for Windows PC is Bluestacks, so we’re using it. Through Bluestacks, we’re going to install Instagram on your pc.

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To install Bluestacks, follow these procedures :

1. Download Bluestacks from this link :

Install it, and run it after installation is complete. (click on the icon of Bluestacks from your desktop).


2. Now, you’ll see many icons on the start screen of Bluestacks. To install Instagram, you’ll have to search for it using Search option. (look at the above screenshot).

 Install Bluestacks

3. Search for Instagram, you’ll see the Instagram icon on search result. Click on “Install Instagram from Play Store”.

 Enable App store

  • If you’re using Bluestacks for the first time, you’ll see a pop up asking you to set-up play store. You’ll have to set-up play store first. To do that :
  • Click on the ‘next’  button of the pop up. You’ll now see a screen asking you to enter your Google account name and password. This process is similar to what we do get a new Android phone,Bluestacks acts like a phone/tablet and requires Google account for the Play store in it to work.

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  • Type in the account credentials in the box and click next. After that is complete, Bluestacks will also ask you to input the Google account and password once more, this is to sync the Bluestacks data in their servers. It’ll be useful in case you want to use Bluestacks in two different PCS.

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  • After this is done, you’ll be taken to the Play store, you can search again for Instagram on Play store.

Instagram App

4. To install Instagram from Play store, you’ll have to just press the Install button you can see on the play store page of Instagram. And click on accept on the pop up that comes on clicking the install button.

Install Instagram

5. After the download is complete, click on open on the Instagram page in play store.

Open Instagram

Your Instagram will be opened in Bluestacks. Enjoy Instagramming from your pc!


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Another method :

There is one more method to install Instagram on pc, without using Bluestacks. You can use Instagram using a Chrome app. You can install Instagram inside Chrome browser as a Chrome app. Follow these steps :

1. Open chrome in your computer. And open Chrome app store in it.

Instgram for chrome

2. Search for Instagram, you’ll see a lot of results. From that, select “Instagram for Chrome” and press the ‘+ FREE’  button, you’ll be asked for confirmation,press “Add”. Instagram for Chrome will be installed on your chrome browser.

Download instagram for chrome

3. You can open Instagram from the task bar of Chrome, as seen in the screenshot.

Instagram on chrome 15

On opening this, you’ll be taken to the Instagram website and will be asked to authorize the app. Just click on “Authorize”.

Authorize Chrome

4. Now click on the Instagram button on chrome again, you can now use Instagram in a small Window inside chrome.

Instagram on chrome

That’s how you download and install Instagram on PC. You can try either of the methods to install Instagram on your PC/laptop.

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The second method is a lot more easier, but the Chrome app offers less features than that of the one in method 1 (because we installed the same app that is used in Android).

You can try both these methods and choose which one is comfortable for you. So start instagramming and share awesome selfies!

  1. I think Instagram will release the Windows-based software for its service soon, like Flickr or any others.

  2. Hi Nisha

    Instagram is a wonderful app so it is great that it can be installed on PC. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hello Nisha,

    You explain each and every point deeply with screen shot which is really good. I also want to download instagram in my laptop. I have tried to install bluestacks earlier but it is not installed in my laptop. Do you have any other software from where i can handel all the android apps

  4. Hi Nisha ,

    This is Instagram is a wonderful app and Great tips Step by Step , Information and Guide line , Superb Tutorial , Great Work Keep it up ,


  5. Hi Nisha sis ,

    Very interesting Tutorial and Tricks , For instagram Pc App , I like Your Your Ideas , Ammezing Work Its My 2nd Visit Your Blog , Good Job ,

    Aarti Agarwal ,

  6. Great post. Instagram is a wonderful app so it is great that it can be installed on PC. I like Your Your Ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas

  7. Hi Alize,

    Yes, I am also expecting the same. It will be great if there will be any widows based.

    Thanks for coming by here and sharing your views with us. Enjoy your day!

  8. Hi Nisha madam,

    I wonder seeing bluestacks specified in this article as I am a bluestacks guy. I have made some posts about bluestacks in the past and your article reminded me of them.

    Instagram is one of my favorite social networking platforms. I would like to scroll through the photographs when I wanted to relax. Don’t it it is a side effect of being a photographer, but I like using it.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    Have a great day!

  9. Hi Nisha
    Very well written and well formatted post with perfect step by step guide to download this amazing and fastest growing social media in hard drive of one’s PC to get ease of working on it.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. The Windows-based app will be available if the company want to expands their business into the PC market and if that’s their selection, we will have the ability to edit and sync photos from Instagram account to PC and opposite.

  11. Hey Nisha,

    Thanks for sharing
    I am using bluestack from a long time and using many android apps on pc it is an super awesome android emulator for pc.


  12. I think Instagram will release the Windows-based software for its service soon, like whatsapp for web. But thanks for sharing methods to use instagram on pc !!!

  13. Hi Nisha
    Your Post is amazing, Thanks for sharing it .. you have told me the proper way of using Instagram on pc using an android emulator.