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instagram on desktopNot long ago, I told you about some web alternatives 7 Stylish Ways To Bring Instagram To The Web When Mobile Is Not Enough 7 Stylish Ways To Bring Instagram To The Web When Mobile Is Not Enough Instagram's popularity calls for a way to use Instagram on the web, but an official way to do this still doesn’t exist. The lack of official solution brought about an abundance of unofficial means to... Read More for the mobile Instagram experience. Personally, I love web apps, and like many other people, have found myself downloading less and less software and doing more and more things on the web. But just because you can do almost everything on the web, doesn’t mean you have to, or that it’s the best option available.

Windows users, meet Instagrille. Instagrille is your Instagram desktop solution for when you want to enjoy Instagram without touching your phone or even opening a browser. Instagrille runs on Pokki, an HTML5 app platform where you can find many more useful apps and games, and which you will have to download and install in order to use Instagrille. Let’s take a look at what Instagrille can do for your Instagram experience.

Installation & Management

To download Instagrille, head over to Instagrille’s page on Pokki and click the small download button. This will download and install the Pokki platform as well as Instagrille. You can use the built-in app store in Pokki to discover and download more Pokki apps. Once installation is complete, you’ll find two new icons in your taskbar – Pokki and Instagrille.

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These icons are there to stay as long as you want to use Instagrille. You can, of course, shut everything down, or even put Pokki to sleep to save some taskbar space. Do this by right clicking on the Pokki icon.

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Onto Instagrille itself!

Using Instagrille

Even before signing into Instagrille, you can start browsing popular Instagram images on your desktop. On any Instagrille tab you can browse photos either as a grid or a list.

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Use the bottom buttons to switch between popular images, your feed and your personal account. In order to view the feed and account, you would naturally have to sign in using your Instagram credentials.

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When you click on an image, a dedicated page opens with many useful options. From here, you can like or comment on an image, view it on the web, share it, view other images with the same tags and more. You can also click on the uploader’s username to view his/her account and even follow them. The commenting interface is very slick, with tons of emoticons and icons you can use to emphasize your comment.

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Some Instagram photos have geotags as well, and those are also available through Instagrille. If you click on a photo that has a location, a map will show up below the photo, indicating the exact location where that picture was taken.

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You have a dedicated page for your own account, where you can view your own images and stats on Instagrille’s beautiful interface. You can easily view a list of your followers or the people you follow, and block or unfollow people through the app.

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As long as Instagrille is running, it will keep alerting you when new photos are added. Unfortunately, I found this feature to be less than reliable, and while alerts did make sense at times, on occasion they seemed somewhat random. This is the only glitch I found in Instagrille, and since the alert is so unobtrusive, it didn’t bother me much. It would be nice to have reliable alerts on new photos, though.

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Bottom Line

Instagrille is a slick, responsive, fast and elegant Instagram solution. Whether you’re an addict or an addict-wannabe, Instagram’s large interface will make it much easier for you to get your Instagram fix, and keep up with the community, no matter what you’re doing on the computer.

For more useful Instagram apps and alternatives, check out:

What is your favorite way to use Instagram? Is the plain old app enough, or do you use a different method? Share in the comments below.

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  1. SAM
    January 11, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Can you create an Instagram account using this?

  2. demian
    December 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Oh you just cant' upload a picture? Isn't that the whole point? I can browse instagram and edit my profile, but thats about it- the problem is all my photos are on the pc, the tablet takes poor resolution images and has tiny memory.

  3. firass dirani
    December 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm


  4. Kitty
    November 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hi, My names is Kitty. Im 10 years old and i love instagram, but i can only play it only my friends ipods and ipads! I DONT have a ipod or an ipad :c So im happy about this instagram on the computer! xD

    • angel
      November 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Hi my name is Angel I'm 10 and I don't have a ipad or ipod nut I do have an kindel fire and I don't they don't have it on here so yeah to the computer instgrahm...

    • angel
      November 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Sorry I meant "But".

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Instagram is not for children under the age of 13. Says so in the rules.

      • armytad
        July 17, 2016 at 12:08 am

        Mark Zuckerberg (The creator of Facebook) says children should be able to use facebook, even tho the rules of facebook says 13+. They only make those rules because law dictates they have to, so in reality they don't really care. It is for kids to.

  5. GG
    November 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    How do u upload pictures from ur laptop into the instagrille?

    • Yaara Lancet
      November 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

      You can't do that with Instagrille, at least not yet. But you can download images to your computer!

  6. karen
    October 31, 2012 at 2:14 am

    can u still follow people on instagram on instagrelle

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, you can!

  7. Juhani
    October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm


    One question: I have downloaded Instagrille but how to sign up Instagram? When I open the appl. it offers login only! I have Windows PC with Firefox.

    Thanks and regards


    • Yaara Lancet
      October 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      If you don't have an Instagram account, you'll have to download the mobile app to create an account. You can't create an Instagram account on Instagrille, it's only a client. Hope that helps!

      • Amiya Biswas
        October 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        on which phones can we download instagram?

        • Yaara Lancet
          October 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          Either an iPhone/iPod Touch or an Android device. If you don't either, you can for Bluestacks, as mentioned in the comments above. It lets you run Android apps on a PC.

  8. amanda
    October 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    can you block certain followers on here

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I think you can, but I'm not %100 sure since I don't have it installed anymore, and it was updated several times since this post was published. The best thing to do would be to try to block someone!

  9. Angelina
    October 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Why Doesn't This Instagrille Program Thingy Work On This Lcisd Computer? I Mean It Works, But It Won't Let Me Log In. /: Please Help Me! (:

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Maybe services such as Instagram are blocked? Or the whole thing is behind proxy or firewall?

  10. preetam singh
    September 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    i love it

  11. rony
    September 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    how do i know if people wanna follow me

  12. Marcy
    September 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Dhass Cool i guesss.

  13. majnooncomputer
    August 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    i've made a tutorial to sign up instagram account from desktop via bluestacks , look here :

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 16, 2012 at 1:15 am


  14. breanna
    July 21, 2012 at 12:31 am


  15. Hossam Khattab
    June 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    nice thanks

  16. Richard Wesley Eby Jr.
    June 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you so much. I was looking for a long time for a way to not have to use my phone for this.

  17. sarah derome
    June 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Can you edit photos with Instagrille? If not what app that is like Instagram can you edit and share photos to your Instagram?

  18. andres
    June 21, 2012 at 5:08 am

    you just can't upload a picture, but it works

  19. Ruby
    June 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I dont get how to make the actual account. I downloaded instagrille and clicked on my account and all it says is sign in not sign up??!!

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 20, 2012 at 6:23 am

      If you don't already have an Instagram account, you'd have to download the mobile app to create one. Instagram has made it possible to do this only through the mobile app, you can't even do it on their own website. Once you have an account, you can sign in on Instagrille.

      • Boomer The Dog
        October 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        Now that's the most important piece of information this article left out. I don't have a smart phone and just want to be able to have the Instagram experience on my desktop.

        I'll see if I can find an emulator for a mobile OS like Droid and try to install that way.

        • Yaara Lancet
          October 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

          Sorry for the confusion. Instagram is known for letting users create accounts only on the mobile app. You can't even create an account on their own website, so I guess I assumed it was a given.

          You're right, I should have mentioned it more explicitly. As I did mention in the article, though, you can use Instagrille to browse popular photos without signing in.

        • EmMa(N)
          October 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

          no you should ve said something about bluestacks :D

        • EmMa(N)
          October 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          no you can have instagram !! dowload blue stacks for PC and then install instagram and and sign up and enjoy :) you can also just use it from there but u have to change the camera sitting first but i'll give this new thing a try it could be better xD

        • Yaara Lancet
          October 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

          Excellent idea! I clear forgot about Bluestacks. Last time I tried it it wasn't really working, but this was quite a while ago. I heard it's pretty good now. Thanks!

        • EmMa(N)
          October 28, 2012 at 4:23 am

          you're very welcome ^^!

    • Amiya Biswas
      October 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      how did you even download instagrille?

      i mean what have you done after downloading pokki?

  20. cb
    June 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Now if only they'd make it for BlackBerry D:

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

      You mean Instagram for Blackberry? I wouldn't hold my breath on that one... it barely works right on my old Android device.

  21. clars
    June 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

    i love it