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Last year I told you about Instagrille Here Is How To Use Instagram On Your Desktop, No Phone Or Browser Required [Windows] Here Is How To Use Instagram On Your Desktop, No Phone Or Browser Required [Windows] 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. Let’s... Read More , a beautiful desktop program that brings the complete Instagram experience to Windows. At the time, Instagrille looked like the best thing since sliced bread. Little did I know how much better it could still get.

A few days ago, a new version of Instagrille launched to the public, and following Instagram’s new branding guidelines (no apps can use “insta” or “gram”), it’s now called Pixsta. If you love Instagram, you need to try it, and I will now explain why.

Installation: All About Pokki

Pixsta runs on an Windows app platform called Pokki. You may have heard of Pokki as a popular Start menu replacement Pokki Brings The Start Menu Back To Windows 8 (And Apps To The Desktop Mode) Pokki Brings The Start Menu Back To Windows 8 (And Apps To The Desktop Mode) Bring back the start menu in Windows 8 – and then some. Pokki is a simple app for re-adding the start menu to Windows 8, but that's not all it does: it also gives you... Read More for Windows 8, but it’s actually much more than that. With hundreds of apps to choose from, Pokki brings the look and feel of mobile apps to your desktop.

In order to use Pixsta, you’re going to have to download and install Pokki. This will happen automatically when you download Pixsta.

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On Windows 8, it’s a fully-fledged Start menu replacement, giving you instant access to your own files, folders and program, and is also an app store where you can download more Pokki apps. On Windows XP and 7, Pokki looks a little different, as there’s no need for the Start menu functionalities.

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Your installed apps will appear in your taskbar at all times, but you can unpin any of them to have the icon disappear when the program is closed.

Unfortunately, and unlike the old Instagrille, Pixsta does require Adobe Flash in order to work. According to the developers, this is due to the addition of Instagram video support, which would not work any other way.

Browsing Your Instagram Feeds

Ready for the real deal? Launch Pixsta and sign in using your Instagram account. As expected, you must have an Instagram account to use Pixsta. If you don’t have one, you need to open one through the mobile app first.

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When you first log in, you’ll find yourself in the “Popular” tab. You can easily switch to your feed, or explore photos taken nearby — a really interesting feature.

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There are two ways to view your feed: tiles and list. When in tile mode, you see only pictures, but more information appears when you mouse over a photo. You can also click any photo to read comments and perform other actions, although you can like photos without opening them. In list mode, all the information and actions you need will be available right next to the photo.

The great thing about Pixsta is how responsive the design is. You can resize the window any which way, which gives the Pixsta window many different appearances.

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As already mentioned, all the usual Instagram actions are available here as well. You can like and comment on photos, and even share them through several different social networks. In addition, you can view any photo online through Instagram’s Web interface, and even download any photo to your computer. Yes, I said download. And it only takes one click.

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Browsing photos on Instagram itself is nice, nut it can be much better. The photos are small, you can’t download them or share them, and worst of all, you can’t browse someone’s feed without having to constantly go back to their list of photos. It’s a pain.

Pixsta takes this pain and turns it into pleasure. Photos are beautiful and as big as your screen can handle, it’s easy to browse back and forth using the arrows, and downloading and sharing is a breeze.

People And You

Pixsta lets you view your own profile, complete with all your followers and followees, as well as a feed of all the photos you’ve liked, and your Instagram notifications. You can also click on any user to view their profile, or look up people using the search window. It’s easy to follow and unfollow users through the app.

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You can also search for any keyword to find interesting photos, and save any of your searches to quickly come back to them again.

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Instagram, On Steroids

I don’t especially like Instagram’s interface. Much like Facebook, I use it because that’s where all my friends are, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Far from it. Pixsta takes that mediocre experience, and turns it into something you can truly enjoy. The only downside I could find in this program is that it requires Flash.

If you love Instagram and managed to miss out on Instagrille somehow, hurry up and install Pixsta.

What do you think of Instagram’s interface? Found other alternative ways to enjoy it your friend’s photos? Share below!

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  1. hanie
    May 14, 2016 at 8:39 am

    can i direct to my friends ? and how can i follow back my friend's requests ?

  2. stephanie
    January 10, 2016 at 6:40 am

    can you see pictures that your followers like?

  3. Mark Czuba
    September 22, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Product is a waste of time, can't upload photos, what's the point.

  4. saad baig
    September 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    how to upload pics on insta from pixsta ????

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      You can't upload pics, that's still solely through the Instagram app, sorry :)

  5. Lonnie Waugh
    May 31, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    This is entirely misleading .. saying all of the instagram actions are available is false.. You cannot upload or delete anything.. which are the KEY instagram actions..

  6. moti
    March 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    can we acceot the requests followers with it?

  7. moti
    March 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    can we edit our profile with this app?

  8. Andre
    January 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Absolutely Wasted my time, they should make it clear that : THIS APPLICATION CANNOT UPLOAD PHOTOS. If no upload , then no use of this program. we can doo all those things with a chrome extension or similar simple app. Now I have to uninstall it and waste more time .. Better to install android emulator for instagram.

  9. Jess
    January 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Can you delete photos on your feed through pixsta??

    • Yaara L
      January 30, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I'm actually not sure. I don't remember such an option, but that doesn't mean it's not there. You can give Pixsta a try and find out for yourself! It's free. :)

  10. Denilson Di' Vilhena
    January 5, 2014 at 3:00 am

    There is the only reason why Mobile Instagram is better!!! YOU CANNOT SHARE PICTURES THRU PIXSTA!!!, Because of that,,.... hundreds of friends of mine including me, dont find pixsta usefull....

    Because if one, wants to register on Instagram, he needs a smartphone, and why not use instagram on his smartphone, instead of downloading it, on his laptop, a smartphone is much easier to carry around, and the reason why most of the people search for an alternative instagram on the Web!!! is cuz something happened to their smartphone or they cant access it from the smartphone,,....And finding it on the web and not beeing able to post pictures is the samething as not using it!!! Or if it is,, we miss the whole purpose of instagram... wich is to Share Special Moments of our Lives,... besides that, it is worthless.... I speak for myself and others who feel and think like me,,.i respect each and everyone's opinion and this is myne.... Thanks, and good luck,....

    • Yaara L
      January 5, 2014 at 8:29 am

      As I already mentioned several times to previous commenters, uploading through third-party apps is something Instagram doesn't allow. It's not something Pixsta chose not to include, they can't include it.

  11. Carolyn
    December 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

    How do I upload my pic to Pixsta?

    • Yaara L
      December 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

      As I mentioned to other commenters, this is something Instagram prohibits third-party program from doing. You can do everything but upload photos.

  12. Minxy
    December 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    thats shit!!! whats the good of it if u cant upload pics!!! Hate it already ;(

    • Yaara L
      December 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Instagram's API doesn't allow for uploading through third-party apps. As long as the keep that limitation in place, no app can offer that feature.

  13. Kevin Woo
    November 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I don't know how to upload my picture

  14. Mike
    October 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Can you post pictures to instagram using this?

    • Yaara L
      October 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Unfortunately not. This is not something Instagram makes possible for third-party apps.

  15. Mohamed Shimran
    October 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Is it better if we can't upload :P

     

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