Smartphone users with Windows 10 Mobile no longer have access to the official Instagram app in the system store. Since the last week, the social network app has been available for download only on Windows 10 computers and tablets, leaving side by side for cell phones. Those who still have the app installed still use it normally, but with no updates on the way.
Removing the app comes on the heels of other famous apps that have already left the platform, such as Spotify and Amazon. The move comes months after Microsoft announced the end of the system. Since October 2017, the old rival of Android and iOS (iPhone) receives only security improvements and is considered a "dead" system.
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One of the alternatives for Windows 10 Mobile users is to use the web version of Instagram in the Microsoft Edge browser. Instagram web allows you to access the feed, publish photos with filters and view Stories posts. Other functions, such as posting photos and videos to Stories, or self-destructive messages from Direct, are not available in this version.
Windows Phone owners can also turn to unofficial customers who were the only way to use Instagram on the operating system until 2013, the year the official app arrived on the platform. The most popular is 6tag, which features its own filters, video recording with cut scenes and a function that mimics Instagram's background blur feature for Android and iPhone.
Instagram ends support of the app for Windows 10 Mobile phones Photo: Fabrcio Vitorino / dnetc