Nothing seems to be capable of stopping Instagram. Neither the hundreds of more sophisticated copycats, nor last December’s TOS scandal and nor even a service like Vine, which seemed like the logical evolution for the whole “apply-filters-to-image phenomenon”. Facebook’s app knew how to deal with all of these obstacles by either ignoring them, adjusting to a more realistic approach or counterattacking with a more interesting offer. That’s why Instagram is still widely used and highly praised by millions of people around the world.
However, and in spite of being one of the most popular services today, there are people that still haven’t since Instagram in action or don’t even know what’s capable of. As surprising as it might be, there’s an understandable reason for this: Instagram remains as a mobile-only service. Though millions and millions of users already have embraces smartphones and tablets for their everyday activities, there’s a lot of people that hadn’t. Of course, this means that they are left out of everything that has the “mobile-only” label hanging.
So, given that Facebook apparently wants to keep Instagram as a mobile exclusive, some people might feel left out. Well, they shouldn’t since there are alternative ways to use the service from a PC. Today we’ll see one of the easiest ones that will let you use this service from the comfort of your own computer and as if you were using an Android-powered device.
The first thing you’ll need to do (if you haven’t done it already) is download Bluestacks, an old acquaintance of ours. For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, under this name is hidden one of the best Android emulators of the market. With it, you’ll be able to run Instagram on your PC as if you were using a mobile device and use it at your will.
After downloading and installing Bluestacks, it’ll be time to install the app itself. There are two separate ways to do so. The first one is to use the search module included in the emulator, which is a pretty straightforward way to get the app. However, and given that Bluestacks is still in beta development, there’s a chance that downloading Instagram like this won’t work. If that’s the case, don’t worry. You can just download the app from our site and run it with the emulator. Either way should work, though.
After the app is installed in your Bluestacks, simply open it. After starting up, the app will give you 2 options: either you register for the service or you sign up using your already-existing credentials. We’ll go with the first option.
After clicking on the proper option, you’ll be given two more alternatives. Either you sign up with your Facebook info (which means that both the social network and Instagram will be linked) or you enter manually the required fields (username, password, your name and what not). You can pick the one you feel more comfortable and, after you’re done, click on Register.
Next, you’ll be invited to find friends through Facebook (at least you’ll be if you haven’t used your FB credentials to sign up). You can do this now, later or never. If you don’t want to bother, just click on Skip and move one.
Finally, you’ll be taken to some sort of welcome page, where you’ll take a look to some suggested users you can choose to follow by clicking their corresponding buttons. Since Instagram is a social network and the most important thing is sharing, I’d say you take your time picking people you feel might share something valuable with you. Click on Done once you’re finished and that’s it!
After following these very simple steps, you’ll have an Instagram account you’ll be able to use on your computer to do practically everything you’d be doing with a mobile device (except for the part where you take photos and upload them to the service). As you can see, using your computer to become a part of the Instagram experience is the easiest of things. So, don’t be cast aside no more: download Bluestacks, get the app and start exploring the huge phenomenon everyone’s talking about.