How to get Instagram or Snapchat on Windows PC

In this age where everyone is on Social Media, Instagram and Snapchat are the top services along with WhatsApp and Facebook that people are using to share with the world whatever they are doing – their vacations and what not! People are using Snapchat to send disappearing messages, photos and videos along with Stories. Whereas, people use Instagram to upload photos and videos, post their Stories and send disappearing photo messages. Today, we will show how you can use Instagram or Snapchat on Windows 10/8/7 PC.

A brief history…

Snapchat was first released in September 2011 with the initial concept of people sharing what they have been doing lately and communicating with each other by sending photos and videos. Since then it has been six years, and the service has evolved a lot since then. Now, the V10 of Snapchat has a better UI with features like AR Objects being placed in users’ surroundings people using AR based face masks. And AR being a major area of focus by major tech giant’s like Apple, Microsoft and more, it keeps more opportunities for developers, content creators and companies themselves to do more in both development and financial terms. Snapchat is available for Android and iOS, and no official Windows 10 app is rumored to come.

Instagram was released earlier in October 2010 for iOS and in October 2012 for Android phones. After a long time of not updating the Windows Phone app, they released a new Windows 10 app for Mobile and PC in 2016. These new apps were brought to Windows 10 from iOS as a result of Facebook’s OSMeta technology to port apps across platforms. Since then, the Windows 10 apps are being regularly updated to be kept feature rich as compared with the Android and iOS apps. Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 Billion in 2012. Facebook later offered to acquire Snapchat for $3 Billion cash but the offer was turned down by Snapchat, and as a result, Facebook introduced Instagram Stories cloning the old Snapchat Stories and other similar features competing directly with Snapchat! And believe it or not, Instagram Stories are used more than Snapchat Stories.

Why is it better to use the emulated apps?

We recommend using the emulation of Android apps on Windows PCs rather than using Windows 10 apps like Instagram due to certain real distinguishing factors. First of all, many Windows 10 PC apps don’t support every feature that the mobile variants of the apps do. This includes the photo and video upload from the Windows 10 PC app for Instagram. And as many top Android and iOS apps like Snapchat are not available for Windows 10 like Snapchat, it is obvious for the person to using emulators like Bluestacks and Andy Android Emulator.

Using Instagram or Snapchat on Windows PC

There are times when a user does not want to switch devices just to use an app. Or maybe, they might be using an older, unsupported or a feature phone then they have a PC as an alternative to be used to run these apps via emulation.

There as plenty of freeware available for Android apps on Windows PCs like Bluestacks and Andy Android Emulator. So, we are going to talk about how to use them to emulate Instagram and Snapchat apps on Windows PC.

Using Bluestacks

Here are the steps in a nutshell:

  1. First of all, download Bluestacks and install the 254 MB executable file.
  2. Set up all the account information like linking to Google Account and set up payments if you want to, else skip.
  3. Now, use the search bar to look up for Snapchat or Instagram according to what app you want to emulate.
  4. Click on its name to navigate to the Google Play Store.
  5. After you enter the Google Play Store, click on install button and agree to all the permission requests to download and install the app.
  6. Now when the app is installed, open it and log in with your credentials.

You are now good to use it!

Here are some of the screenshots from my hands-on time with Bluestacks:

Using Andy Android Emulator

Once you have downloaded and installed Andy Android Emulator, set it up.

Now, go to Google Play Store and search for your desired app.

Download the app and install it which in this case would be Instagram or Snapchat.

You are all set!

Here are some on the screenshots of Andy from my hands-on time:

Comparing both the emulators

Both the emulators are excellent to be used. Bluestacks is better for gaming while Andy supports every kind of app with a good performance. We found the usual Android launcher as a user interface that didn’t slow down our process of installing and using apps on Andy. While on Bluestacks, the custom UI kind of slowed us down but with a very less difference. Both the emulators can use your external PC hardware like Mics and Cameras to be used with the app which was a plus point for both of them. And both of them supported the working of Snapchat and Instagram flawlessly. We were able to use the stories features and other features that need geo-tagging capabilities with decent accuracy.

With these emulators, you can use any Android app on your PC even when their Windows 10 versions are not much updated.

Now read: How to download Instagram stories to PC or Mobile.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.