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Instagram BETA

The official Instagram app (beta) for Windows Phone has received an update just a little over 48 hours go. Don’t worry if you missed it because another update just came out. The previous update, version 0.3, has brought performance improvements, crash fixes, and UX refinements. The latest update, version 0.3.1, does not list anything new in the change log. We think it brings more bug fixes and performance improvements.

Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world's moments on your Windows Phone. It’s not just about putting filters on photos. It’s a social network with over 150 million users.

While we’re glad Instagram BETA has received yet another update on Windows Phone, we’re a little disappointed video upload has not made its way to the app yet. If that’s an important feature to you, then you need to use third-party applications like 6tag.

Instagram BETA is a free download at the Windows Phone Store. Do you use the official app, or do you prefer the third party apps currently offered on Windows Phone? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Darren C.!

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What's taking them so long??

rodneyej says:

I'll take this one.
.....................
They suck❕

Hit the Lights disagrees. :P

SocalTouch says:

Rudy is busy with his other projects and has not been taking their calls!

pierrerv says:

They should hire Rudy

Maybe they're taking too long to do as whatsapp did: to have access to video library instead of having to record videos in the app. I hope so at least, I prefer using the camera app to take videos and then sharing it to instagram (I used to do like that in my Galaxy S3)

The features i noticed are

*able to share photos directly from the gallery to the app. It used to work from camera roll but pics from other folders would not load

*lock screen notification support

*overall snappier app (perhaps the black update)

darypr says:

I use 6tag. Waaaaayyyy better than the official app.

Oldmajor says:

Has the issue with resetting a password been taking care of? Only reason I stopped using it was a result of the occasional reset

Switchfoot3r says:

It was taken care of months ago. No more resettings since then.

Yeah but it makes official apps won't come to windows phone..

kb4000 says:

Tell that to Rudy with 6Tinder. That app is making Tinder for Windows Phone happen.

dalydose says:

Wow, the Cult of Official is so paranoid. Apps like this have no interest in WP until 3rd party versions get some attention.

Not when your account gets flagged for hash tags or when other non WP devices can't see the hash tags

kb4000 says:

I ONLY use 6tag, no passe resets or flags here.

Fndlumia says:

Agreed 6tag ftw, official app- zero fcks given... Zero

scdkad says:

But to get people to come to WP they want the real deal no matter how good Rudy's might be. Are there 3rd party versions on iOS and Android?

nizzon says:

Awesome third party apps are not stopping companies to build their own. They should just man the fuck up and get to work.

gustavoimago says:

I paid the 6tag, when I went to my second video after months, he told me that my upload limit burst, sending me to buy the option to upload video. WTF, 6tag nevermore... (sorry my english)

erzhik says:

Well this is just sad. Pretty clear that it was released just to shut everyone up. If they were serious about it, they would shut down 6tag. Because they didn't do that, shows that they don't really care.

Micah Dawson says:

Why do they need to shutdown 6tag to prove they are serious? They need to actually support their app and make it equal to android and iPhone to show they are serious. 6tag has nothing to do with proving instagram is serious.

Ultimateone says:

They gave Rudy permission to make the app, they will never shut it down.

Well they can shut it down if they really wanted to they would ask Microsoft to remove from the app store!

With the amount of extra stuff Rudy is adding that's not in the official app, I could see them using that as leverage to shut down 6tag if they ever take that route

TJWINS says:

I would say that 2 updates in 48 hours is pretty serious. Shit takes time bro. Video upload is on its way. Show some patience the app is still in BETA.

Micah Dawson says:

I use both 6tag and beta....i love 6tag. Beta has too many glitches

kidjenius says:

I'm quite surpised with myself because I actually prefer using Instgram beta as opposed to 6tag. There is no particular reason why. I use 6tag for uploading videos, but recently i haven't had the need to take any videos, so the official beta is sufficient

Winnabe says:

Strangely, I love the IG Beta UI more than I do that of 6tag. But of course, for all the extra features, 6tag is the way to go.

Credo93 says:

I have the same, i never hardly upload any video's but i only use 6tag for cropping pictures. I prefer 'official' apps, but i won't forget the work of Rudy.

Warbler says:

I use the Instagram beta all the time. It lacks a lot of features, but it is more beautiful than 6tag.

sumothong01 says:

Really? I find it the exact opposite. Only reason I have the official is just to have it.

panesar7 says:

Quite the opposite +920

Yeah! I really don't know why they aren't supporting official app, it will make official app won't come to windows phone..

avigyan says:

The official Beta version is hands down prettier and more polished. The icons and colour scheme of 6tag is pathetic, albeit it comes with certain added features, which, I am sure, will come to the Beta soon.

Prensescim says:

6tag and Rudy all the way!! Deleted the official instagram app not long after it came out. Inferior to 6tag!

WilsonBlaze says:

I deleted too!! 6tag FTW!!!

MrVol84 says:

Seems faster... Blahahaha

As much as I love 6tag, I've had a lot of video encoding issues with it. Rudy says he's on the case, but it's still around as of this morning (MT).

danj210 says:

6tag puts this official bets app to shame.

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Duduosf says:

I won't even bother... The only reason I've installed this crap is to support WP (by downloading official apps).

raul_junior says:

Hey guys why didn't you cover the story that Rudy huyn started his own company to bring popular apps to windows phone called 6studio

ZuNuKoo says:

Maybe they might do it soon? It was just tweeted today. (the 1st)

raul_junior says:

And was notifications on the lock screen for this app always available because I just noticed it this morning

exiva says:

I don't think Instagram on wp will get video upload support before 8.1. Native API's aren't there.

TJWINS says:

What makes you think Rudy can but Instagram can't? I can't deal with all these stupid comments anymore.

exiva says:

WP8's API only allows mp4 video to be recorded at 1080p, 720p and VGA. You can't specify a custom resolution which instagram uses. (I believe off the top of my head its 612x612 and mp4.) Rudy "fakes" it by recording video at one of those full sizes, and sending it off to his sever to be cropped down to size with vlc (at least it was vlc last I checked, he may have switched to ffmpeg.) and sends off the proper sized video. Now, yes, instagram could do this as well... Its not a very difficult setup to deploy. But, instagram is a free service, and the cost of running a server (more realistically a few) exclusively for one platform isn't cost effective. Especially when I'm almost positive Microsoft will add in the API for 8.1. Then there's the filters... Instagram would either have to port their video filters to be ffmpeg filters, or they'd have to write their own custom encoder tool with their filters, either one takes employee time and money. Also you wouldn't have live previews, so it'd be inferior and people would bitch about that.

I can't deal with these stupid comments. Just sayin.

elmacho says:

Thank you sir..Do make a post about this in the forums,most people don`t know this.

Duduosf says:

Ahhh so that's why we pay in order to upload videos. Good to know!

ChaddieBoi3 says:

6tag is wayyy better than the official app

AndrewL920 says:

Still can't upload full resolution pictures. -_- back to 6tag.

mswindows101 says:

I use both. Actually just about equally.. Lately the official on a slight but more,though 6tag is better in many ways. Have to show support for both so that they continue to improve.

spyridon says:

For some reason i trust more the official apps, Facebook, twitter etc. probably its just me.

avigyan says:

I second you.

pattayo_ib says:

Another update is always better than nothing. Will wait and wait, i know its getting better as i still hv options for now...

TJWINS says:

Why do you guys expect everything from a BETA app?????

RaRa85 says:

Unless they really bring it, the official Instagram app will never be better than 6tag. I mean they have to knock our socks off to pull that one off.

NYRbeezer says:

Oh gawd here comes all the 6tag suffocation again......

Sam Wong says:

I always use Instagram beta after it released on Windows Phone. Removed 6tag. Still very appreciated what Rudy has put.

Rum 007 says:

Windows phone 8.1 leaks again, this time it shows volume controls and background colours. Take a look for yourself. https://twitter.com/Rumnouri/status/429856753497276417

pattayo_ib says:

A background image would be rather impressive! Same like windows 8... Nway, open to any updates and changes.

sbuchs6 says:

6tag!!! What what!

Insta gram app not working on my wifi but works fine on mobile data...plzzz help ..how yo run this on wifi..

Aashish13 says:

Redownload and see

Aashish13 says:

now i Dont know whats instagram just know 6 tag. Have shown it to my android friends even they liked it and appreciated how the developer(Rudy) has worked hard on it

mirmo96 says:

6tag, by far, is the best instagram client, ever... On windows phone....

kenzibit says:

Still can't reshare :-(

Edwardlb20 says:

Instagram needs lockscreen notification support!!!

sumton says:

i use both while 6tag has more features i prefer supporting official app more, official apps bring more people to the platform

 

6tag is better than official app.

bromoid says:

I think Instagram should ask 6tag creator for help, otherwise their app will be in BETA phase till 2015.

Fndlumia says:

6tag FTW...... Official - zero fcks given... Zero

pattayo_ib says:

I don't understand why did the font in the drop menu where we need to choose the album to upload for is so freaking small?

SnatchedIT says:

Maybe it's taking so long because they are working with MS to get the same kind of video upload whatsapp got?

TheRem says:

I'm more interested with a 6tag update than this. :P

DonnaxNL says:

I prefer always to use the official app from a company ( official Facebook, official Twitter, etc.) So also Instagram. As some people above, I also love the design of Instagram more than 6tag. I only use 6tag for the live tile, but always pressing the Instagram icon under need.

I think that the live tile has improved and so is the refresh rate of the app overall.

Aashish13 says:

Instagram is improving by the way but watsapp is getting worser these days. Takes to much time to retreive msgs. Crashed all the time while loading msgs and sometimes while uploading videos and downlaoding pics. No matter notifications r faster on WP watsapp then idroid. Bit the watsapp team has to look upon those bugs to make it smooth for us.

bromoid says:

Reinstall whatsapp. Maybe that will help.

Klose Wong says:

I hope official instagram can release new features like video upload and direct.

There many features on 6tag that even the ones on Android and IOS lack

PureView says:

No there aren't. The 'features' you talk about are not even suppose to be on Instagram anyway, which is why you won't find them on official apps. The official app depicts what the developer envisioned the service to be like. 'Like or no like' and crap like that isn't what Instagram is about.

scdkad says:

I'm still on WP 7.8 so I haven't try it. Was wondering if it has any Metro style to it or looks the same as the other two OS's like the WP Facebook app..

tallgeese says:

THEY NEED TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL WITH RUDY FOR 6tag!!!!!!!

P.E.R.I.O.D.!!!!!!!

trmnrs says:

I only use the official beta app for the push notifications. As much as I do like the UI of the official app better, I'm a huge fan of the quick framing option 6tag has when cropping the photo. Beats having to frame my pictures in a separate app.

There's also a couple UI elements in the official app that just really get to me (all caps on titles that shouldn't be capitalized, margins and spacing, etc.)

nindobz says:

Just a quick question guys. Whenever i post photos in instagram it wont show up in my Facebook timeline even though they're linked? It does show up in my twitter acnt though..

huismeester says:

whitout Rudy instagram on wp is nothing

PureView says:

Even with a 0.3 beta release this app is already way better looking and faster than 6Tag. 

Micah Dawson says:

You must be ill. Take A rest! ;-)

PureView says:

No I've tried all three: 6Tag, Instance and Instagram. Instagram is easily the best. It's how they imagined the service to be. It matches their website as well. I'm happy with it. Plus it has push notifications, something which 6Tag will never have.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Just face it! Official app is much better..

KrightonX says:

Haha, Instagram has been shamed into the corner. Even their updates notes are subpar, they can't handle the truth.

IF they plan on sticking around they will have to bring their A game. I don't think they have anything left honestly.

Except their redheaded stepchildren named Apple and iPhone.

6tag for life!

PureView says:

You're acting as if Instagram is the desperate one here. You seriously need a reality check if you think Instagram can't 'handle the truth'.

KrightonX says:

I'll allow your post to slide this time. Allow me to provide you some perspective. It'll help you in other aspects of your life as well.

Windows Phone 8 is the underdog. Android and iOS have the larger market share. Instragram is widely popular on both OSes.

Instragram waited and waited to come to Windows Phone 8 because they felt like there wasn't enough interest and/or they had better things to do.

In the meantime, another app came along called 6tag. (You with me so far reality check?, good boy, let's keep going)

6tag took Windows Phone 8 by storm. Better, faster, better UI, working features, TIMELY UPDATES, (which is incredible since it's one guy, and he can patch an app faster than a major corporation)

NOW.. the competition on Windows Phone has stepped up. Instagram has to be better than 6tag. Has to be! At the very least or it can pack it's bag and come crawling back to PureView's iPhone.

..Reality check. Mate ;)

k0de says:

Yes 6tag is on top for now. And let me remind you it is also more mature. But in the long run Instagram will rule. I am surprise that IG has not ask for its removal from the store as yet.

ViniBT says:

Still can't sync with Twitter. Keep receiving "oauth error" :(

boothes18 says:

using 6tag.  I used the beta for awhile but it was waaay to slow for me!

pbjr92 says:

The app is beautiful and fast but it's still missing a lot of features.

And sometimes doesn't work on Wifi :/

plasmid_uk says:

Well the app has only been around for a little while so give it a chance. As for Rudy credit is due where credit is due but enough of the official app bashing and Rudy bredding. I came here to look for some feedback relating to the official app. Safe to say that was a fail.

k0de says:

I am like you. Enough is enough. It seems that people on WP will take some time to get of third party apps. I am happy that an official app for Instagram is here and maturing.

xankazo says:

IDK, I get the feeling that no major developer (except for Gameloft and Whatsapp) takes Windows Phone or Windows 8 seriosly. Take Twtitter, Facebook, ESPN, or CNN as examples. The updates are very, very rare, but in iOS and Android they come very frequently. I also get the feeling Instagram Beta was released to shut us up. Heck, sometimes not even Microsoft takes Windows Phone or Windows 8 seriously, releasing services and apps for other platforms first. I hope this changes in the future. I hope.

nastybone says:

Whatsapp Just started to get really on wp maybe Os prevented lotta things but i Hope it would b like on android

k0de says:

To much money invested on to the WP OS last year for not to be taken serious. Be patient all of those apps that you listed will mature nicely on WP. Instagram as well. But it takes time.

I just want a instagram app that I can post videos that are in my camera roll. When will we get that?

xankazo says:

I'm not sure, but I think this is due to OS limitations.

laserfloyd says:

I didn't think it could be done at all? I thought it was the whole point of catching video on the fly and posting it. I could be wrong. I hardly ever post video. :)

c41 says:

I love 6tag, but the official app has much better image quality, just check it out. I made few tests with and without filters, and the official app make more crisp and clear images. With filters the difference is more visible and intensive.

AndrewL920 says:

I hate it when Instagram crop my full resolution photo into square. Does it mean I should always upload pictures in instagram camera app? My mobile data connection is always turn off. 

nez99 says:

I'm such a noob can't figure out how to upload video in 6tag

Marco Gomes1 says:

In the "instagram" matter I'm good, but thanks for the heads up.

J2theL101 says:

Gotta be honest. as soon as I updated Instaram BETA, my battery drain has been SOLVED! Damn awesome! :D

RobinPaul says:

It got lockscreen notification finally!