Instagram for Windows Phone 8 now available

You can now download Instagram for Windows Phone 8 on the Windows Phone Store

FINALLY HERE. Instagram for Windows Phone 8 runs on a Nokia Lumia 1020. Photo by Rappler / Michael Josh Villanueva

MACAU – It took a month. Following up on the promise that it was “coming soon,” Instagram beta for Windows Phone 8 hit the Windows Phone Store Thursday, November 21 (Nov 20 in the United States). 

For now, the beta app does not support video uploads and does not have in-app camera support, otherwise it’s more or less the same app that’s on Instagram for iOS and Android, filters and all.

Despite the missing features, Instagram promises, “we’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.” 

The user interface of Instagram on Windows Phone is slightly different from its iOS and Android siblings. The familiar menu bar (containing home, explore, likes and profile ) that is a permanent fixture on the bottom of the app finds it way to the top of the screen next to the app name. One the bottom, a menu that is unique to Windows Phone, that gives you access to search, upload and refresh feed. 

The share menu (3 dots on the lower right side of a photo across from like and comment) is present but has limited functionality. Normally that menu includes delete, copy share URL, share photo, email photo and tag people. Only the first two functions are currently available on the app.

Our first few hours with the app was pretty much satisfactory. 

There is a noticeable lag when you hit the upload button. By default, it will bring up the camera roll. There is no in-app camera functionality – meaning you cannot use the app to take photos. When you hit the camera button it will launch the phone’s default camera app. But on the Lumia 1020 that we tested the app on, there wasn’t an onscreen button to capture the image. Using the phone’s dedicated shutter button works fine. All 20 filters are available.

The Windows Phone 8 version should, in the future, support Live Tiles, meaning new photos will appear on the Start Screen but we did not see this feature in the version we downloaded.

The popular mobile photo sharing app launched exclusively on iOS in 2010 and added Android support in 2012. Since then it grew from 30 million to 150 million active users. In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for an unprecedented $1B.

Instagram for Windows Phone is free and runs on Windows Phone 8 and later. Rappler.com

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