Instagram is the most popular social media platform for sharing pictures and videos on the internet. It can be primarily accessed via its mobile app (Android and iOS) or the web, but the major focus has been placed on its apps platform.
Instagram Mobile app users can upload photos or videos, and in turn, their followers can view them, and vice versa.
Most people don’t bother accessing this social media via the web. This is probably because the app is easier, more convenient and faster. Not only that, people have complained that accessing Instagram is very complicated. Well, this article will guide you on how to access and use Instagram on PC or via web browsers.
How to Use Instagram on Web Browsers or PC
The Instagram web interface has been made to look like the app interface which is more simpler and easy to navigate. The story feature has been added to the Instagram web platform, you can access this directly beside the news feed.
Instagram Official Website
To access Instagram via a web browser visit its official homepage at instagram.com. On the homepage, login to your account or create an account if you haven’t done that before. Once logged in, you will have access to the news feed which is very similar to what you have on the app platform.
Newsfeed Usage and post engagement
On Instagram, random newsfeed will be displayed to you based on your interest. Browse through these newsfeeds and find contents that interest you. Through likes and comments, Instagram cookies keep the logs of your activities and in subsequent times, similar feeds that you have shown interest will be displayed to you.
To like a post, click on the heart-like button below the post. You can also choose to comment on a post or bookmark posts you like. There is also a 3-dot button at the bottom of every post, this allows you to embed a post or report as inappropriate content to Instagram support.
Explore and Find New People
At the top of the page, there are three icons, one of them is “compass shaped”. Accessing the compass icon lets, you find new people. You can also access random videos that may interest you in this section.
Also, make engagements on peoples post and stories through likes and comments. This will make people pick interest in you, and in turn, follow you. This can help to boost your Instagram followers.
Find your Notifications and Interactions
You can find all your notifications and interactions in the love-like icon. People that have liked your post or recently followed you will be shown to you in this section. You can also find your interactions or people that have commented on your post here.
Find your Posts and Edit your Profile
The third icon which is the human portrait figure is your profile page. You can find all your Instagram post here and also edit your profile.
Without opening the post, you can view the number of likes and comments by hovering over the post. The number of likes and comments are displayed at the center of the post although it fades out when you take the mouse from it.
What are the Limitations of Using Instagram Via Web Browsers?
Although the Instagram web has received lots of update over the past few months, there are still limitations to it. These limitations on the web interface make the apps platform much better.
Instagram web still doesn’t allow posting of images or videos. You can only view and interact with items already uploaded on the platform. The Instagram web also doesn’t allow posting of stories, you can only view them.
Also, you can’t link your Facebook account with Instagram. If this option was available, you can find your Facebook friends on Instagram. You also can’t link to other contents or setup 2 Factor authentication security and more.
Nevertheless, Instagram web comes in handy. You can view posts, manage your account and customize your profile. Most importantly, you can disable or permanently delete your Instagram account via the web. This delete feature is not available on the apps platform but via the web.