The best 4 Instagram clients for Windows Phone
If you own a Windows Phone and you also use Instagram, you probably know that an official app wasn't released until recently. And that app has been in BETA since forever. In the meantime, plenty of independent developers created their own client s for Instagram , trying to bring the same experience the Android or iOS versions offer. When Instagram BETA was released, some features were missing and some of these unofficial apps had more features than the official app. So, we decided to do a little research and offer you some of the best Instagram clients available in the Store, for Windows Phone . Let's get started:
1. Instagram BETA
The official Instagram app made it to Windows Phone back in 2013. Although the app has been in BETA since then, the app has only a few of the features that the iOS and Android versions provide. You can customize your photos with several filter effects and share them instantly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare. You can interact with your friends receiving likes and comments.
However, the app has some downsides. One major drawback is the fact that you can't upload videos, while Android and iOS versions have ha d this update for some time. Another drawback is the fact that you can't send or receive private messages, so-called Direct messages. Other users complained about the app being slow, not having enough filter effects, the inability to tag people in comments or the missing support for non square or high resolution images.
Overall, it's a reasonably good app but it certainly needs improvements at multiple levels. We hope that Instagram will do somethin g about it and work to make this app better.
Download page: Instagram BETA
6tag is the most used Instagram app for Windows Phone , with over 100.000 ratings and with the most features. Much of its popularity comes from the fact that the app is very close to the real Instagram , with all the original filters and a long list of features that Instagram BETA does not have.
First of all, the picture editing process has a lot more options. The app supports high resolution pictures and doesn't blur them during the upload. Furthermore, you have more control on editing: you have more filters available, you can adjust the strength of the filter effect, add a border, blur and others.
Also, 6tag has a feature long awaited by the Instagram BETA users: the ability to post videos. However, it has some limitations. You can only post one video for free. To use this feature regularly, you have purchase the ad-free version, which costs about 1,37 $ (1,29 €).
Another welcomed feature of this app is the fact that you can send or receive Direct messages. Now, you can send private pictures, videos, voice or text messages.
The app also offers the opportunity to manage multiple Instagram accounts and switch easily between them, another feature that Instagram BETA does not have.
We think that despite the minor bugs and crashes it sometimes encounters, the app is really good and we strongly recommend it. The minimalist interface, close to the original Instragram , combined with a long list of features make 6tag worth using.
Download page: 6tag
3. Pictastic for Instagram
Pictastic for Instagram is another decent choice. Although it doesn't have the all the options 6tag has, it has all the basic functions that are required for a reasonable Instagram experience. Like many other Instagram clients, it's missing the video upload feature, but it allows you to use Direct messages and Instagram tags.
The photo editing tool is also pretty good. It has a relatively large number of filter effects, you can add borders and rotate pictures. Then, you can add captions, tag and quickly post your Instagram pictures also to Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter.
Another cool feature is the ability to create a photo collage. You can choose between several templates, add the pictures and the filter effects.
We think this app has potential but it could use some improvements. What bothered us a little is the ads which are placed somewhere at the bottom of the screen between the lower menu bar and content of the app. Also, the design can be improved at some levels as we find it a little unpolished.
Download page: Pictastic for Instagram
WPGram is another app worth mentioning. Although it lacks many key functions such as editing and uploading pictures or creating an account within the app, you can share your Instagram posts to your social network or email, like or comment different posts or follow users on Instagram.
Recently, video support was added so you can view posted videos. However, you are unable to post videos to Instagram.
Overall, we think this app needs some improvements. It's missing many basic functions, which might steer you away. You can perform several actions except posting photos or videos which for some can be a major drawback.
On the positive side, it uses the Windows Phone design language, which we like a lot and it comes with a Live Tile.
Download page: WPGram
Some of the apps we presented are better in certain ways than the official Instagram client for Windows Phone. Of course, none of them are perfect and all of them can be improved. However, the one that stands out from the back as the best offering is 6tag. We highly recommended it to all Instagram users that have a Windows Phone device. If you know other good Instagram clients for Windows Phone, don't hesitate to share them in the comments below.