There is no doubt in our minds that Instagram is simply awesome. In fact, we dare to state that if not because of Facebook, Instagram would be the best social media platform in the world. However, as awesome as the photo-sharing site is, there are still a few things that could be improved.
The lack of its core functions on the web version is a pretty good example. As a matter of fact, you may have noticed that if you use Instagram on anything other than your smartphone, the tools and features the app offers may not be available for you to use.
For instance, the direct messaging feature isn’t supported on the website version of the social media app. To some people that lack of this feature on the web is not that big of a deal. However, some people use their computers way more than their phones and would like to have access to DMS on their desktops too.
So, while this is impossible to do from Instagram itself, there are a few solutions that can help you solve this problem. Get ready to learn how to check your DMS on your desktop.
The first thing you can do is to download an “Android Emulator.” In short, an Android emulator is a tool that allows you to use any app designed exclusively for mobile phones. But, on your computer. We are not certain as to how many emulators are there on the web.
But, you can try downloading one called BlueStacks. What Bluestacks does is it allows you to install the Android operating system on your computer. Then, you can install the Instagram app within this environment.
In general terms, what you need to do to get started is to simply download and install your emulator of choice. Once you open it up, whichever one you have chosen, you’ll be asked to sign in to your Google account and likely verify your identity with a phone number.
Once you’ve been signed in, you will see the Google Play Store on the home screen. Click it and then search for Instagram, just like you would on your phone. Finally, click Install. You will now see the Instagram app on the home screen.
Click it, enter your login information, and you can then use it exactly as you would on your phone. It’s exactly the same app but emulated on your computer.
However, if you don’t want a full-blown android emulator, you can simply mirror your device’s screen to your computer using Windows 10’s built-in Mirror utility. To begin, do a system search on Windows 10 for connecting and open the app.
On your Android phone, go to “Settings > Display > Cast.” The setting may be elsewhere depending on your device manufacturer. Samsung calls it Smart View, for example, and it can be found by searching “Settings”. Then, tap your PC name from the list of available devices.
Finally, switch back to the Connect app. You should find your phone screen displaying and it will mirror from that to your monitor. It should be noted that this isn’t an ideal solution, because while it displays on your monitor, you’ll still need to use your phone to control Instagram, but it is still a good and viable solution.
So now you have not one but two ways of accessing your Instagram messages properly. Awesome, or what?
There is yet another way to check and reply to your Instagram DMS using your desktop. However, we didn’t mention it here because we plan to do an article covering such a method in full detail. But, in case you want to know more. Here’s a hint. It has to do with Facebook. So, keep on checking our site to get more amazing content like this. Hope this helped you all.