When Instagram started, it was an exclusive application for smartphones or tablets. With the growth of this social network you can now enjoy its content from your computer using Instagram Web.
How to access Instagram Website
The first step is to access Instagram via the Web by visiting Instagram.com
It will immediately open a page to log into or sign up. Once you enter, the layout is very similar to the mobile app.
How Instagram Website works
Once you are logged into Instagram, you will realize that the web version is very similar to the mobile app.
⏩ Photos are displayed big in the center of the screen.
⏩ There are slight differences like icons that appear at the bottom in the mobile version, they are displayed at the top right corner on the web browser.
⏩ Stories are shown on the right side when they are normally displayed at the top on the phone.
You can like a photo or comment the same way you do it on the phone using the icons that appear under the content:
❤️ Clicking the heart icon or twice on the image.
💬 Tapping the comment icon or adding it directly under the text that accompanies the image.
Differences between Instagram website and the mobile app
Instagram gives you the opportunity to visit your account from your PC or Mac, but there are some limitations to the things you can do.
WHAT YOU CAN’T DO FROM INSTAGRAM ON THE WEB
As you can see once you get into Instagram from your computer, it is very similar to what you find from the application on your phone, but there are things that are not exactly the same and here we tell you the differences…
You can’t upload images, videos or stories
Instagram website doesn’t allow you to upload any type of content from your computer. You can visit your own content or that of third parties.
Use shopping on Instagram
Therefore, products tagged on images won’t be displayed on Instagram Website. The shopping bag icon won’t be displayed either.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM INSTAGRAM WEB
Otherwise, you can do everything you want from your computer account: view content, gossip on the browse tab, watch IGTV… But there’s something you can do from the computer and not from the app… Have you noticed?
✅ Pause videos
This is one of the clearest differences between both versions. On Instagram website, you can pause videos by simply clicking them.
However, if we do the same on the mobile app, that is, click the video, we will mute or add sound.
How to turn on the dark mode on Instagram Web
If you like the Instagram dark theme in the app, you can also have it in the web version. Unlike the mobile version that remains dark until you change it manually, on PC, it returns to the light tone when you leave the page or update.
To have it on Instagram Web, you just have to add the term ‘? Theme = dark‘ in the address bar after ‘.com/’ or add the bar at the end. You can do it from the Instagram home page or profile.
So, it’s clear that Instagram is designed to be mainly used on the mobile app. On the other hand, Instagram’s web version allows you to view public profiles from all over the world, you don’t even to have an Instagram account since you don’t need to be logged into Instagram from your desktop or laptop.
If you haven’t tried to access Instagram from a web browser and see how it works, it’s time to do it. Go ahead! It could be really useful for your marketing strategy on Instagram.
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