Everyone has a smart phone these days! Except… they don’t. There are lots of people who don’t want or can’t afford a smart phone, and they’re missing out on all the fun that happens on Instagram!
Instagram is the new Facebook. Sort of.
Tons of companies and bloggers that used to enjoy communicating with their fans via Facebook have started migrating over to Instagram due to Facebook’s changing organic reach algorithms (read: Facebook makes it hard for Pages to reach their fans). Lots of fun promos and contests are taking place on Instagram, and if you want to join in the fun but don’t have a smart phone, you need not despair.
How to use Instagram without a smart phone:
1- Find someone with a smart phone and the Instagram app to make you an account.
This is the trickiest part: you can’t set up an Instagram account from the web; it has to be done within the mobile app. Anyone with the app can set up an account for you. Tell them what email you would like to use to sign up, your screen name, a temporary password and, ideally, send them a profile pic they can upload for you.
2 – Download and install Gramblr.
Gramblr is a program that allows you to upload photos from your PC to Instagram. You need to make sure your photos are square, or they will not upload. I tend to crop and resize my images using PicMonkey.
Once installed, it’s easy to use Gramblr. You can add your caption and hashtags from Gramblr, or do that later via Pixsta or the Instagram website.
3- (Optional) Download and install Pixsta.
If you want desktop notifications when people comment, like your photos or start following you, you’ll want to download and install Pixsta. This app gives you access to your Instagram account from your taskbar, and you will receive pop-up notifications of any Instagram activity.
4- Browse, like and comment via Instagram.com.
If you don’t care about desktop notifications, you can simply access your account and the accounts you follow using the Instagram website. You can like, comment and follow new profiles from the website. The only thing you can’t do is upload. (Hence, why you need Gramblr.)
Another cool web-based Instagram tool I use is Iconosquare. If you want to look at photos with a specific hashtag, just enter iconosquare.com/tag/HASHTAGNAME into your browser, and all photos with that hashtag will appear. You can see, for example, all my #happymamawolf pictures for the 100 Happy Days challenge!
And if you have Windows 8 on your PC, try InstaPic!
Do you have Instagram? You can follow me @MamanLoupsDen.