Instagram Web facilitates the use of those who access the social network through the computer, but some important features that exist on the cell phone cannot yet be performed by the PC. The browser version does not allow, for example, to publish photos and videos in the profile, the main function of the platform. It is also not possible to send messages through Direct natively, although recently, researchers have discovered tests for the inclusion of the tool, the chat does not yet exist officially.
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Stories are also at a disadvantage on the Internet. It is not possible to comment or react to friends' publications, nor to silence the stories of unwanted people, resources that have existed for a long time on cell phones. Check out, below, a list of six functions of the Instagram app that are not yet available on the social network's web version.
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The main social network of photos in the world does not allow the publication of photos, videos or Stories on the computer. The publishing feature is only available on Instagram for Android phones and iPhone (iOS). On the PC, users can only view their friends' images in the feed.
To circumvent this lack of native function, some users resort to a trick involving the Google Chrome developer tool, which simulates the phone's layout directly in the browser, allowing the user to publish photos stored on their PC. The trick also works to publish Stories.
Officially, it is also not possible to access Instagram Direct conversations from the computer. Chat is not available in the PC version and leaves the social network without one of its main interaction features. However, Instagram has begun to release the private messaging function in the testing phase for some users, allowing them to chat, view an unread window counter, share computer photos and receive alerts. There is still no confirmation as to when Direct will definitely arrive for all users.
Instagram tests begin to release direct messages on the web version Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
For now, it is only possible to access Direct through an Instagram app for Windows 10 or using the same trick that simulates the layout of the social network in Google Chrome.
3. Comment or react to friends' Stories
Instagram Web allows you to view your friends 'Stories, be they photos or videos, but you cannot react to a Story with emojis or comment on your friends' stories, as it happens on your smartphone. The image is displayed in full screen, but the only menu available allows the user to only report the publication as inappropriate.
Instagram s allows you to react to Stories with emojis on your cell phone Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
In the Web version, it is also not possible to identify when a Story was sent through a list of Best Friends, since on the PC the platform does not display the green aura around the avatar of the contacts, all of them display the colored aura.
4. Edit photo captions
If the user wants to edit a caption published by mistake in a photo or correct a typo, they will have to use the cell phone. Instagram Web does not allow changes to be made to photos after they are published. This means that it is not possible to edit captions, tag friends or change the location tag on the PC.
5. Share photos via Direct
Instagram s allows you to share photos via Direct through the mobile app Photo: Gabrielle Lancellotti
The traditional little airplane that symbolizes the sharing icon even appears just below all publications in the Web version, but it does not allow you to send the post to friends via Direct. On the computer, it is only possible to share the images to other social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, by e-mail or copy the URL to the clipboard.
6. Silence unwanted Stories
Instagram Stories can be silenced by cell phone Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
In addition to not being able to interact with Stories, the user also cannot silence the stories of unwanted friends. Instagram does not allow to hide publications, either through the Story itself or through the contact's profile, as it happens on cell phones. This means that I need to ignore the person and skip their posts manually. Of the evils, the smallest: Stories silenced previously by the cell phone are still not displayed on the PC.
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