How To Use Instagram Direct On PC or Mac

Instagram Direct On PC

Instagram is one of the most popular social networking apps with more than 800 million users worldwide. It is a photo and video sharing app started in 2010 and now owned by Facebook.

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, Instagram does not provide full desktop experience on the website. Currently, the Instagram website only shows your feed and let you comment on posts. It does not let you upload post, view stories from your desktop. Also, you can not access your direct message on the website.

Most users prefer to use Instagram on their smartphone apps rather than the website version. But, some users are not happy with these desktop restrictions in Instagram and they want full features on Desktop.

We have gathered some methods which will help you to Use Instagram Direct On PC or Mac. Choose one of the following methods which you find comfortable to get Instagram experience on your PC or Mac.

1. Android Emulator Method

Nox App Player Instagram

Android Emulators are the windows program that lets you use android apps on your PC. There are a number of free Android emulators available on the Internet. I have used Nox App Player here, you can use Bluestacks or Genymotion.

This method is the most efficient of all methods and you will get all features of Instagram like stories, photo filters, and direct messages because you are using its Android app on PC. Follow these steps to use Instagram on any Android Emulator:



  1. Install any one Android Emulator.
  2. Sign in with your Google account.
  3. Open play store and Install Instagram App.
  4. Login with your credentials and use the Instagram Android app.

Download: Nox App Player | BlueStacks | Genymotion

2. Inspect Element method

Inspect Element method of Google Chrome is the simplest method of all. Mobile website on Instagram can let you view stories and upload photos from the browser. So, we will access the Instagram mobile website from desktop here.

  1. Open the Instagram website in Google Chrome and log in with your credentials.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the website and select Inspect option (Or Ctrl + Shift + I)
  3. A new window will open up with so many options in it. Click on mobile and tablet icon in the top left corner (OR Ctrl + Shift + M).
    Inspect element method for instagram
  4. The website will switch to a mobile screen but it is still a desktop website. Refresh once the webpage and it will automatically open mobile website.


Bonus Tip: You can also change the device you want in Device menu on top.

3. Google Chrome Extension

Another way to access Instagram on Google Chrome is through Extensions. Google Chrome web store has few extensions which can be used to upload posts and view stories of your friends. I have listed down some best Instagram plugin for Google Chrome.

Desktop for Instagram
Desktop for Instagram – Desktop for Instagram is an advanced extension which can let you download photos from your Instagram feed. It supports Instagram stories and photo upload from PC.

Download Desktop for Instagram

Websta for Instagram – Websta is the Instagram extension for Google Chrome that let you view posts and stories from your friends. It has a smartphone interface with a lot if customization options.

Download Websta for Instagram

4. Instagram windows app

Instagram has recently introduced windows app for both Desktop and mobile. It can be used to view feed, send or receive direct messages and sharing stories. However, Desktop Windows 10 app does not support image or video upload.

instagram windows 10 app


To install the Instagram windows app head to windows store and search for an Instagram app. There are a lot of fake Instagram apps on windows store so check before you install the app legit or not.


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