How to get Instagram on iPad

What do you need to know to get Instagram on iPad :

  • Download the Instagram app from the App Store , then sign in or create a new account.
  • To upload photos from the Photos app, tap Share > More , then tap the Instagram toggle switch until it turns green.
  • To use Instagram on the web, open any iOS web browser, then go to

This article explains how to use Instagram on your iPad. The same instructions apply to all iOS devices.

How to download the Instagram iPhone app on your iPad

Even though a specific Instagram app isn’t available for the iPad, and the Instagram app in the App Store is made specifically for the iPhone or iPod Contact, you can still enjoy the full IG experience on your iPad.

  1. Tap the App Store icon , located on the iPad home screen.
  2. When the App Store interface appears, find Instagram.
    Note: While searching the App Store for Instagram, you may need to edit the support value in the filters list if the initial search results show up as empty.
  3. Click Get to download and install the official Instagram app.

How to post to Instagram from your iPad

Since you have the Instagram app installed, you will now be able to post to IG directly from the iOS Photographs app.

  1. Tap the Instagram icon on your iPad’s home screen.
  2. When you launch the Instagram app, follow the onscreen instructions to log into your IG account.
    Note: Since it is not made for the iPad screen, the Instagram app will only be displayed in portrait mode. You may want to temporarily move your tablet into portrait mode while using the app.
  3. Once you’ve successfully signed in to Instagram , go back to your iPad’s home screen and open Photos.
  4. When the Photos interface appears , navigate to the album or folder containing the photo you wish to post to Instagram and tap on it.         
  5. Tap the share icon , which is represented by a square with an up arrow located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  6. The iOS share sheet should now be displayed , overlaid on the bottom half of the screen. Click on more.
  7. Scroll down, if necessary, and tap the Instagram toggle until it turns green (on).
  8. Click Done.
  9. A new option should now be visible among the first row of icons in the Share Sheet .
  10. An Instagram window will now appear, asking you to write a caption for the respective photo. Type your caption and hashtags, if desired, and tap Share.Important: You may be asked to give Instagram access to your photo library. You must agree to this request if you wish to continue publishing.
  11. Your newly shared post should now be visible on your Instagram profile.
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How to browse Instagram on your iPad

While you can browse IG through the app for iPhone with only a small window size and vertical layout, this is far from ideal. You’re better off using an iOS web browser like Safari, which can expand to offer something close to the full-screen experience that Instagram was intended for.

  1. Open the browser of your choice on your iPad and go to
  2. Enter your credentials to log in.
  3. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll be able to browse IG posts , as well as like, bookmark, and comment as if you were using the app.

Note: There are some noticeable limitations with the browser interface, such as the inability to post.

How to add to your Instagram story

The process for adding an item to an Instagram Story on the iPad is similar to doing it on your smartphone, via the same app. However, the app doesn’t support landscape orientation, so you’ll need to do this with your tablet in portrait mode.

Third-party iPad apps for Instagram

In addition to the official Instagram app, there are third-party options like Buffer or  Repost available in the App Store that allow you to view your IG feed in a custom interface. Some also allow you to share new posts.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: Why can’t I go live on Instagram on my iPad?
Answer: If you can’t go live, update the Instagram app, clear the app’s cache, and allow camera permissions if needed. If there is a problem with the Instagram servers, just wait. Your iPad must be running iOS 6.0 or later.
Q2: How do I get Instagram on my school iPad?
Answer: If the Wi-Fi you are using is blocking Instagram, you can use a VPN for iPad to get around web restrictions.
Q3: How do I deactivate Instagram on my iPad?
Answer: To deactivate your Instagram account on your iPad, tap your profile > menu (three lines) > settings > account > delete account .
Q4: How do I rotate Instagram on my iPad?
Answer: There is no way to rotate Instagram on an iPad. The Instagram mobile app does not support landscape mode.

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