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How is Instagram app different from its desktop version?
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How is Instagram app different from its desktop version?

Instagram launched in 2010 as a photo-sharing app designed to capture picturesque moments of our lives. Since that time, it’s evolved into an established social network, a messaging tool, and an ad platform, which exists on both mobile and desktop.
While there is a desktop version, it has many limitations. Mobile provides the full feature set and typically a better experience for the majority of users.

The table below is a list of the key feature differences between the two of them.

Instagram Mobile vs. Desktop Feature Set

ActivityMobileDesktop Remarks

User Level

Post an Update or Story YesNo
Share and update or story to Facebook YesNo
Send Message directly to connections YesYesNew Feature for Desktop roll-out in April 2020
IGTV – Upload Video (1 min to 60 min) YesYes
Create Story Highlights YesNo
Edit Profile YesYes
Archive Messages YesNo
Share Stories & Messages with Friends YesYes
Search and Discover for New People YesYes
Manage New Followers YesYes
Manage Multiple Profiles / Accounts YesNoA single user can manage up to 5 instagram accounts directly from within the mobile app.
Download your Data YesNoNew Feature for Desktop roll-out in April 2020

Business Account Advantages

Contact Button YesYes
Address & Location YesYes
Report & Analytics YesNo
Ads YesNo
Shoppable Posts YesNo
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