Instagram for Chrome

Software for the photo social space for Google Chrome

6.1

1267 Votes

  • Category Add-ons
  • Program license Free
  • Version 5.9.5
  • Works under: Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
  • Program available in English
  • Program by 64px

Instagram for Chrome makes it easier to use this social media site and to view your own feed from your web browser.

When first released, few thought Instagram would catch on the way it eventually did. The website combines elements of social networking with a photo sharing site. You can use your account to share images that you took on vacation, the photos you took of your children playing at home, or even funny things you saw on the way to work. Adding hastags to those images lets others view your images when searching for similar content. You'll even find top celebrities like Taylor Swift using the site every day.

As many sites now include Instagram buttons on posts and images, finding and sharing content is easy. As long as you remain logged in to your account, you can click that button and share an image on Instagram in seconds. While Instagram for Chrome lacks some of the integration features that users wanted, it does give you complete access to the full site and access to some of the features of your own account.

Instagram for Chrome functions as a browser extension. You can use it to look at the top images of the site from your Chrome browser, though if you want to view those feeds on other browsers, you'll need separate extensions. If you see a photo that you like, you can click the like button to let the account owner know you liked it. The extension even lets you leave a comment on the photo. Just double-click on any image to like it in seconds.

This new extension also lets you search for images taken nearby. This is a great feature for frequent travelers. Use geo tags to search for images of popular tourist attractions or things to do near your current location. You can also use those tags to find new restaurants and things to do near your own home.

Instagram for Chrome launched when Instagram was still a simple app and did not have its own website. As Instagram now has a full website, you may find that you prefer using that site to using this extension. It does not let you upload or download photos, and it doesn't let you log in or out either. Instagram for Chrome is best for those who want to view images without adding any of their own.

Pros:

  • Works with search tools and tags on the full site
  • Keeps you logged in to your Instagram account for ease of use
  • Can search for images based on hashtags or geo tags
  • Lets you comment on images you like
  • Makes liking a photo easy

Cons:

  • Logging in and out is difficult
  • Does not let you upload images to your account
  • Prohibits you from saving images on your computer
  • Cannot access all features of your own account
  • Only view images as-is
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