6tag for Windows Phone

6tag, the first Instagram client for Windows Phone with video upload support and more, is now available

Tonight, Rudy Huyn’s long awaited Instagram client 6tag has gone live in the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was recently renamed from 6tagram due to copyright issues, is the first 100% API compliant Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices (Windows Phone 7.x support is expected later).

The app is a free download with in-app purchases to remove ads ($1.29) and to enable optional video uploads ($1.49), though users get one-free upload to test the experience. The app, loosely based off of Huyn’s other work, 6Sec (for Vine), features the same easy to use design along with every feature that Instagram offers, plus more.

6tag screens

Features of 6tag for Windows Phone 8

  • 100% original filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Video recording with cut scenes
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare, VK
  • Unlimited picture uploads
  • geotag your posts
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Front & Back camera support
  • And much much more...

In addition, the app has a Live Tile with counter for notifications and Lens support to quickly snap and upload an image to the Instagram network.

6tag screens

The app is not official or endorsed by Instagram though they did clear the name and any potential copyright issues beforehand, ensuring that the app won’t be removed for any future claims. The app uses a reversed engineered API to access the Instagram network, though Instagram is evidently looking the other way on this matter despite it technically violating their terms of service.

Head to the Store to download 6tag now for your Windows Phone 8 device (including 512MB phones). Free (with optional in-app purchases). Thanks, everyone, for the tips!

QR: 6tag



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lfjj says:

Fucking awesome!

carlosrdd says:

+920!!! I bought buy just to support the amazing work and effort put into this! Anyone know where to see popular at?

francesco87 says:

tap on "search" and the popular pics will appear under the search bar. This is the only feauture i miss switching from instance.

paulomalley says:

Its done this way because that is how it is done in the official apps from iOS and Android... (^_-)-☆

Nabkawe5 says:

same here :) I removed ads almost right away.

aaa6112 says:

Sweet. Find me @aaa_6112. See you there!

rockstarzzz says:

I'm called abraanddabra on Instagram,  come and say hi :)

silverbladex says:

Silverblade_x! Haha

cookgoose says:

just added you.

NIST says:

Hey Rudy, have you heard from anyone from Microsoft or Nokia? Because you're on everyone's radar right now.

Zedja says:

Just downloaded it! 

NIST says:

I get a not available for your device message.

Wait for the store to refresh itself. It may be lagging.

TechnoTim says:

This is awesome.  This is the reason why I checked the site before bed!  I had a feeling....

Andre Blonde says:

On the other side of the globe it's the nice morning news for me :) Downloading

xratola says:

Paying $1.50 for no adds totally worth it!
But in the other hand I'm considering to get the Video playback and video :P

aaa6112 says:

Its USD 1.29 to remove ads

NIST says:

Got it! You totally rock Rudy!! Nice app.

xratola says:

Well I don't have adds at the end :P

lesd777 says:

I'm new to instagram, but I'll download it and give it a go.

Khoa Lai says:

Is it free, cos I wasn't asked to buy?

Nabkawe5 says:

Free, you can pay to remove ads or have video uploads. :)

Khoa Lai says:

Thanks. I don't mind the ads and being unable to upload vids at all :P

Jowiso says:

Sorry if this is a silly question, but where do I go to make the payments to enable videos and remove ads?
EDIT: Nevermind! Figured it out after searching around for a while!

Khoa Lai says:

You just click on the ads.

xankazo says:

Got it! I'm testing it now. I've already paid to remove the ads and and about to do it for unlimited video upload. :)

enzom09 says:

What country? It is not yet available for me! -US

xankazo says:

The Dominican Republic.

Maldito loco el diablo lol

titoyees says:

hahahahaha pero como se le safa a ustedes el dominicano. 
Habrá que abrir un foro para los dominicanos aquí en WP central. 

OstiPosti says:

Pero señores.... ustedes saben que desde que se juntan par de Dominicanos donde sea (aunque sea virtual) se arma la chercha!!!

xankazo says:

Ya lo sabe, loco. jajajajaja

jajjajajajaja yeeeah lml

descabar says:

I'm not seeing any ads here. Where are they?

I found them when going through hash tags, but that is all.

aaa6112 says:

I found them in activity and clicking on one of the photos somebody liked.

lilivojdub says:

How do you pay to remove adds and upload videos?

xankazo says:

For ads, you have to wait till they appear, they will show an "X" to remove them. For videos, its after you've exceeded the 1 upload limit.

lilivojdub says:

Thanks! Gotta support our people. Even though the ads didn't even bother me

xratola says:

Already paid here in Peru :P
to remove adds, only hit the "x" in the edge of an add.

OstiPosti says:

Question... Do you know or anyone for that matter, how do I tag people??  I see the "tag" thingy, but I can't put any names..... I'm a little confused.

Sevlor444 says:

Yay! Just downloaded. Amazing!

ryraansh says:

Hey Dan! You're in the screenshot on the store!

Jeff Kibuule says:

It'll be interesting to see if this app is enough to quell the whiners. Also, it'll be nice to see the Lumia 1020 just smash everyone else's photos! :)

Noahma says:

Instagram lowers the photo resolution though :(

Sergio0694 says:

Does anyone know the final resolution of an Instagram picture? I mean, if I upload a 2000*2000 photo, it gets resized to...?

edjr07 says:

Woohoo I'm finally going to open an account.

lovebill says:

  Its the first app that offer full instagram experience, only video filters are missing but they will be added in future patch. Also Rudy promised that in next weeks we will have a 7.8 version as well. Great news for wp users and windows phone.  Still Microsoft and Windows Phone STILL need official Instagram app for publicity reasons, (also it will be completely free) even if Rudy's app is better. We all need to support 6tag. 

erzhik says:

As much as I like this one, the first app to give full instagram experience was Instance. Yes, it doesn't have video, but neither did Instagram when Instance was released.

lovebill says:

Its not full instagram experience without the official filters! Instance filters is still its weak point. Also instance had many other issues like tags etc. 

mondokjm says:

I'm really excited for Instance V2. From the screenshots and bits of info I've seen, it looks to be quite the competitor for 6tag

akshatm says:

It's so...beautiful..

Dat1Dude562 says:

Yeah M$ is doing it big. Maybe Nokia may not go bankrupt after all

MS did not do anything. Nokia will not go bankrupt. This work is by sir Rudy Huyn :)

This is great news that it's finally out! Now just waiting for Rudy to support WP7.8 devices.

Lasciviouss says:

Me too! Waiting for the WP7 version of 6sec as well.

Jayflip says:

The developer said there'll be a wp7 version!

rahul4aug says:

Hopefully it does. Instance was abandoned for wp7

It wasn't...
Daniel is just busy with V2.

Chef316 says:

Read your articles and forums....

enzom09 says:

Am I the only one having issue downloading. When I click from app it says not available yet. When I go to store I can hit install but from there it gives me an error code. -Lumia 925, US

I was able to download it on my 925, US

B_Coronado17 says:

try changing the date on the phone to 08/22/13

ncxcstud says:

So, for those of us beta testing this app, should we download 6tag now or will the beta still be accessible?

Miistercoool says:

I was wondering too....he most likely will update it like he updated 6sec once beta was over...

aaa6112 says:

Beta ends in a few hours if it's still working for you. Ends 22nd.

richddr says:

Nope. The Beta App has expired. it will show a prompt when you try to open it!

Miistercoool says:

Yea I just tried same for me, there goes our answer lol

aaa6112 says:

Beta still working for me! Still not midnight here.

ncxcstud says:

Yep, just downloaded 6tag because the beta stopped working.  Great app.  I noticed the live tile is slightly different on the full release than on the beta.  The logo is smaller and centered whereas for the beta the logo took up the whole tile (on small tiles)

WPUser111 says:

I like the first screen.. Video in the background..

Jayflip says:

Good work Rudy, this is a great app!

I think Rudy is sleeping right now... He deservers this!!!! Tomorrow will be a great day for him!!
Once again, congrats man!!! 6tag is probably the best made for WP....

NIST says:

Can I get a Hell Ya!!?

jlp34876 says:

So smooth very nice app. He should also create 6Book/facebook and 6Tube/youtube, very talented man.

Alij382 says:

Hahaha those names sound like porn sites.

agm353 says:

I'm not sure about Facebook, but I would kill to have a YouTube app from Rudy, seeing as I'm a YouTuber.

DaBeard says:

YAAAAY! So glad this has been released, now to give Rudy some money. :D

gandhirushi says:

Long live Rudy! You're the man!

marky_yo says:

Outstanding! Me happy!

marky_yo says:

Thank you Rudy!!!

Josh Harman says:

I heard all hell breaking lose, so I checked the WPC app. Sure enough, 6tag is available.

motosada says:

Man, Rudy Hyun is my hero.

Rick Smits says:

Installed and bought twice. Thank you Rudy.

louisoneal says:

Its epic so far.

Shay Legacy says:

Goodbye Instance!!

PS: You guys are right though! It was a door to open a Instagram path, I used it a lot. If it does have a Video support in the future, I would be looking forward to return back to it!

IceDree says:

To be fair though, Instance is really good, yes it doesn't do videos , but still good . I have posted over 500 pictures using Instance .
Thanks Daniel

arvinxi says:

I bought instance to remove ads. Please update it. :) Make it more functional and I'd be happy.

Josh Harman says:

Instance was good, that's why I bought it... but its clear that D. Gary doesn't have the time to keep it updated. Still grateful, his was the best by far before today.

MikeSo says:

Yeah, I liked that one too (and bought it). It was definitely a great step towards getting into the Instagram door.

Jay Bennett says:

He very much does have the time, and he's working on a huge V2 update right now! :)

Thanks for setting the record straight Jay!

borasar says:

Instance was released a while ago, crashes daily and has not been upated even though it's extremely unstable. Yes I know Daniel Gary is super busy, yes I know V2 is coming (very soon, for a while now), but I find it interesting that it took Rudy a month to create an app from scratch with more features, beta test it and release it, while at the same time releasing 2-3 updateds for 6sec app.
They are all very busy, this is not their full time job and they have lives, but if you charge money for the app (I know it wasn't much) there is a certain commitment to supporting it regulary.
I appreciate what Daniel Gary did and Instance was a great start, but it would have been nice if he put in the time earlier on and not when Rudy started talking about 6tag.

chicubs1908 says:

You sound like a petulant child. Instance was what?...A $1.50? 
Also, it crashed maybe twice in my experience. Maybe it's your phone's fault.

borasar says:

Actually, you response makes you sound like a child. I mentioned that the price is not a big deal. Do the research and you'll know that it's not the phone's fault and I'm not the only one having issues, there are a lot of users with the same issues. 

agm353 says:

I wish Rudy could make EVERY SINGLE APP ON THE STORE.

DJCBS says:

He would if people at Microsoft or Nokia were smart enough to hire him full-time to do that. He does in 2 weeks what an entire team at Microsoft can't do in two months.

Sam Sabri says:

To be fair though, Microsoft has an Instagram client built. Instagram just won't sign off on it. 

Lets hope that this Instagram made by MS be not so bad like the FB made by MS...

Josh Harman says:

Pfff... Facebook is pretty good and updated frequently. It will be as good as possible soon enough.

Sorry, I was talking about the old FB app...

aaa6112 says:

MS is pretty good at making apps. Halo, Fresh Paint, YouTube, Bing apps, etc. It's the FB service causing issues (notification issues specifically) with the FB app.

DJCBS says:

If the Instagram MS built is the one Nokia has for months, then Rudy's is still better...which brings me back to my point: they should hire him :P

blackhawk556 says:

Have you seen it? Why do you say this?

rockstarzzz says:

How can a lonely developer convince Instagram to give blessings to his app whereas mighty Microsoft with all its money fails to get their apps the same nod? Either Rudy is too charming or Microsoft's Instagram design sucks compared to this app.

sunnybyday says:

Maybe Instagram has an axe to grind with Microsoft, not with Rudy? Maybe Instagram CEO hates Microsoft, they don't have anything to hate Rudy?

I wouldn't want that to occur. Yes, it would be awesome to have Rudy as a full-time developer, but as his own man he can code whatever the heck he wants. If he actually worked for MS/Nokia, things like 6tag couldn't happen for legal reasons. ;)

aaa6112 says:

Plus his throughput would be slower. Longer pipelines in large corporations

IceDree says:

Download first, read later.

SleepyTheDon says:

Its packed with features everything transitions smoothly. Great I love it!

Bora777 says:

Just installed it and it's outstanding. I'm wondering though, if the problem with photos from third-party apps not showing up in tag searches still persists...

Josh Harman says:

Not with 6tag, its been discussed. This app should work fine for everything instagram.

Khoa Lai says:

Not sure how the official app works, but I find it a little stupid when I apply an effect for the photo then go to border and each border has its own filter.

malih says:

yes, as I recall that's how it works officially

Khoa Lai says:

Then I'd rather use it just for uploading. Lol.

IceDree says:

Thanks Rudy ! You are the man .

joe_easton says:

I have the beta, do I need to download this version?

CJ Thunder says:

Ditto question, might just keep the beta.

joe_easton says:

Just tries to go into the app and got an end of beta message. So you can't keep the beta. Glad to pay Rudy for his work!

A J Benamu says:

How did you guys pay to get rid of ads and have video uploads?
So I have to pay $3.39 to have full access?

DJCBS says:

You don't have to remove the adds (I admit, I think 1.29€ to remove adds is excessive), but if you want video upload, then yes, you need to pay 1.50€ because you'll be using Rudy's own servers as he doesn't have access to the Instagram ones directly.

To be fair, the 1.29 to remove ads, also helps the funding of his servers. He's not making huge profit margins or anything like that. :)

A J Benamu says:

Not complaining at all, I was just confused.

DJCBS says:

I know that. But I think 0.99€ to remove the adds would actually be more profitable and more people would actually remove them. At 1,29€, many will say "bah, just let the adds be" and not remove them. It's not an enormous difference in price, but psychologically it would work better.

Josh Harman says:

Ads seem to pop up everywhere except the feed page. Just wait for an ad and click the 'x' in the upper right corner, you'll be taken to the buy page.

ArchieVellie says:

Anyone having trouble signing in or resetting the password in app

yes... cannot sign in here either ! app resets my password every time even though my login is correct :-(

ArchieVellie says:

Well I figured out that during all of that API business with Instagram I reset my password. So it was a user error lol. Hope it all worked out for you. The app is great!

erzhik says:

Great looking app, but still major props to Instance dev for starting this race.

Sam Sabri says:

Instance v2 is coming out really soon. We went from having no Instagram clients 6 months ago on Windows Phone, to having two of the best ways to experience it. 

Josh Harman says:

I kind of hope that instance (or whatever he has to change the name to) sucks... because I have paid for both of them & will have to decide between the two.

I disagree, your support for Instance helped bring it to Instagram's attention, I hope both get awesome and you get your money's worth.

kovisxd says:

When wp7 version comes out

Probably early to mid September by the latest.

Roach26 says:


ProFilmLA says:

OMG...I've been checking my phone every five minutes since 6Tag was first announced. My life is complete...

Dinky89484 says:

How to I get the paid version?  I want to support the dev.

Dinky89484 says:

Nevermind, I figured out how.  

Please give it a 5 star rating to show support on Rudy's work :D

ajftl says:

Omagaaaa I just shit my pants

bitwise says:

Thank you fellow beta testers. :D

Pachoj says:

Waooo 6tag is fck**n awesome! Sorry Instance, but this time Rudy Huyn wins.

Xpider_MX says:

How can I add a picture for my avatar in 6Tag?
Nice app.

jayruguitar says:

Settings->Tap picture field

MDak280 says:

I really like it but I'm looking forward to the next update for Instance:)

bjax says:

I can't wait to see the stats on the downloads. I'm really hoping it opens up some eyes and gets great recognition for Rudy.

kinaton says:

I prefer instance, guess its gonna take me time to adapt.

mgkeath says:

Who says that you have to adapt. Instance is a fine app too and I'm sure updates will continue to come. Use whichever suits your needs/tastes/ hell, use both if you can't decide.

HarisA1 says:

Yall are making me so jelly im on 7.8 :@

rynthnyltrr says:

i want to purchase the video uploading but i have no video right now to upload. is there any way to purchase it without uploading one?? thanks.

Awesome app, much more fluid and intuitive than Instance. Great job Rudy!

mma2885 says:

This is gorgeous. Wish I could watch the welcome video every single time, this made my day (night)

erzhik says:

Hmm. My phone is warming up. Like really, really warm.

Josh Harman says:

Because this app is hot!

scottygb2k says:

My L920 also gets very hot using this app.

dkp23 says:

Dammit tags still don't work. How to get this thing to work

ShahdHamdan says:

Works fine for me, it even gives me suggestions on tags!

erzhik says:

You've been flagged by Instagram. Go into "about" and click FAQ.

wetworker says:

App works great. All you cheap bastards buy it and support this deveoper.
wetworker on instagram. add me.

ShahdHamdan says:

Anyone having trouble connecting to Facebook?!

Yes.. i think there is an issue,i am not able to connect either

Josh Harman says:

Not for me, linked up to Facebook & twitter just fine.

mgkeath says:

No problems for me. Linked right up.

ShahdHamdan says:

Oh my fault! I figured it out, it's working fine now

LP Slade says:

I get a "this app is not available in your region" error?! I'm in Philadelphia, USA. How is this a region-specific app?!?!

Roach26 says:

I'm in Philly, had no problem downloading the app..

jayruguitar says:

I'm in Philly today too. No issues.

Cigar2 says:

I just downloaded it everything looks ok so far

MikeSo says:

Bought and paid for! Fantastic app. Instagram would be idiots not to pay Rudy a handsome sum of money for this and make it official.

This Rudy guy is a Animal when it come to Coding... Why haven't Microsoft hired this guy?????

Are you trying to jinx everything? He is doing great on his own!!!

Arsenic17 says:

Follow me guys @lumiatography. I only use the 1020 :)

OstiPosti says:

Following you.... Follow back.  I will also give you a shoutout :) @ostiposti

Arsenic17 says:

Btw my tags from instance were working. I showed up In searches.

sunnybyday says:

I thought you would get blocked if you use instance to post and all your pics are not public. Think Rudy mentioned it somewhere as well. Is that not the case? I am almost ready to create a new account for the fear of being blocked by using instance. Anybody confirmed it works?

Arsenic17 says:

Yeah that is my point they were supposed to not be working right? When i search hash tags now I see my photos. Check it. All my photos are posted with Instance and show up in #lumia1020.

phatboy66 says:

The app is perfect!

AlexanderJJJ says:

Just bought it and paid for video upload and to remove advertising!

larrybon says:

Hoping instagram doesn't cause problems....I'll definitely put the cash out! Great job!

biancalego says:

Good app. But I still prefer Instance in terms of interface and speed. Not a total fan of 6tag's diagonal background. Will have to use this since I'm having a few issues with Instance this lately. Nevertheless, good app. All it needs left is toast notifications. ;)

Josh Harman says:

As long as there would be an off for toasts, I don't want my phone going off an extra 30-40 times a day.

Tafsern says:

Instance is actually WAY slower.

biancalego says:

6tag takes a few secs to load its timeline and notifs for me on my 620 compared to instance where it loads immediately. :/

DarrenSproat says:

Instance is slower on my Lumia920...

jayruguitar says:

Ditto.  Also, crashes alot.  Only reason it's still installed on my 920 is so I can log out "officially" when v2 is released.

Great job, Rudy!!!

Dk92 says:

Holy crap, 344 ratings in what....30 minutes? New record.

DarrenSproat says:

First comment!!!!!!!! #Yes #catsofinstagram #instacats #JustKidding #TooManyTags?

fdruid says:

Awesome, really polished. Congrats to the author! I registered it instantly, he deserves it.

YES! got it.. And its amazing, much better than the official one on IOS.

Follow me on instagram @firas_md

thesorehead says:

BAM! Another "app objection" for WP8 bites the dust. Is there anything left that WP is actually missing out on? I suppose just a "notifications" tile - that should be pretty easy to implement. Is there an app for that?

mgkeath says:

Nah, until there's an official app, only WP users (and only some of them) will quit talking about it. And yes, there's still plenty that we're missing, but we're getting there.
"Unification" is the closet thing to a notification center, but not a whole lot of developers on board at this point. It's believed that a notification center is coming in the 8.1 update, which should launch early 2014 (sooner if we're lucky. I'm not feeling lucky though, so yeah, next year.)

sharathu7 says:

great app,, one of the best in WP apps... :)

WinFan1 says:

This app is beautiful thanks Rudy. As well as the 6sec app your awesome.

wizzackr says:

Love it - although I have to say I that the quality of the filters as well as the method of how they are applied is *much* better in oggl IMHO

pattayo_ib says:

Yeah finally! Many thanks Rudy!

visnit14 says:

Crashes frequently on 620 just like instance.

badagaio says:

Same here. Two soft resets in the last hour. Lumia 720

SleepyTheDon says:

Try to pay attention to what your doing when it crashes so you can let Rudy (and any other app Devs app) know what needs to be addressed. for example are you pressing the back button or quickly flicking through pic are you watching a video.

It makes it easier for the Devs to address *Cheers

visnit14 says:

Well theres nothing specific.it crashes after 7 or 8 minutes of use nearly every time.instance had the same problem.i hope these issues will be sorted out in the upcoming updates.

badagaio says:

It just seems random. Took photo, edit it, wrote the description and then got distracted and let the phone went into lock . After that it didnt came back from that state, with a black screen and receiving mails (sound notification), I needed to do a soft reset to bring it back to normal.

Aryan Angel says:

Rudy finally released the kraken.

tone84 says:

Add me toneloce84

Cellus13 says:

Alot of comments! Alot of downloads. So fast.

kns82 says:

Wouldn't accept my password, and now its telling me that it reset it for me.  On top of that, the "reset" action fails, meaning I can't log in :(
Its weird, because my password still works on the instagram website and my other device... 
EDIT: not sure what happened, but it works now.. and I love it!

kmvp says:

this is happening to me as well!!!!! need help!!!!

JoneKone says:

Downloaded it... Really sweet, big bow to Rudy! So let´s see what instagram does. Wait for a few 100 k users and the close off the service to make WP look really bad?

They will lose many of those followers, Instagram has only acted slightly better than Google in my books, twitter and pinterest are growing very fast.

Edwin Checo says:

Who is this guy and why is he so f***Ing awesome!!

bassnet422 says:

Fantastic app! Can't wait to play around with it a little more....

I'm sure this may have already been brought up, but I was wonder if there was a way that existing videos in camera roll can be uploaded. Already purchased the video upload feature.

payam.ace says:

hey, did you find a way to upload camera roll's videos? 

Nothing Buy version, i hate ADS !!!!

Sergio0694 says:

Click on the X in the upper right corner in the ads, and you'll be redirected to an in-app purchase to get rid of those ads :)

MandyB343 says:

Amazing!!!! So speedy and finally lets me do everything Instagram did!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you :) Question...I enabled the live tile under settings...but I'm not getting a tile count when I have notifications. Is anyone else getting them???

ericjojo says:

Same here...not getting any count yet!

marpadwpc says:

Live tiles are not working for me neither. I've enabled it, but not showing any photos from my stream.

ericjojo says:

IMHO...6tag beats Instance. Maybe Instance could make do with a version 2.0 already!!

uopjo6 says:

I may be a fan of Rudy's UI design (6sec) but there will always be a spot for Instance on my start screen. Instance was one of the first apps to break the barrier IMO.
I could deal with switching between using both once in a while. 

pattayo_ib says:

Now, let's wait for Instance Version 2 to be released. :)

Awsome with an Instagram client with Swedish translation! Great work! Bought it right away

tpankrah says:

The best so far!!

mandushandu says:

lol daniel you are featured on the official screenshots in the store :D

vinkelsleep says:

Beautiful! I don't care if there ever will be an official Insta app.. this is better, more handsome than anything Instagram would do

ArtemDepeche says:

can't upload userpic :(