Instagram is among the most popular apps of all time, amassing well in excess of 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store alone. 

In fact, it was the fourth most downloaded app of the 2010s, behind Facebook, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. That meant Facebook was behind all four of the most popular apps of the decade. 

However, Instagram is a hugely appealing service in its own right, and it only makes sense that you'd want to use it across all your devices. 

In this article, we'll explain how to use Instagram on PC to its full potential.

Getting started with Instagram on PC

Using Instagram on a PC is as simple as heading to, where you'll be prompted to either log-in with your details or sign up for a new account. 

If you have a specific account in mind, you can even it without being logged in for a few seconds. However, this won't give you access to stories and Instagram will soon block the content until you're logged in.

From there, all your regular content will be accessible. This includes stories, even if viewing them on a PC does seem a bit clunky. 

How to upload photos to Instagram using a PC

Instagram has made it ridiculously easy to post via its mobile app, but things are a bit different on desktop. Even the dedicated Instagram app on the Windows App Store doesn't offer this functionality, so you'll have to turn to third-party software.

Our top choice is InstaPic, a free download from that same store. Check out the full details on how it's done via our dedicated article

How to upload videos to Instagram using a PC

It's similar story with video, with Gramblr our top pick of several third-party options. The process of getting your videos on your feed isn't the simplest, so we've run through it in detail in our dedicated article

If this all seems like too much hassle, it might be worth grabbing your phone, if only for the seamless uploading process. 

How to use Instagram DMs on a PC

 Instagram has recently announced that plans a full rollout of DM functionality via the website, starting with "a small percentage of users".

Based on the associated screenshots, it looks like it will work in a similar way to Facebook Messenger on the web, although it remains to be seen whether there will be access to the full lineup of GIFs and emojis that we have on mobile. 

Check back here when news of a full rollout drops.