We seem to be a planet of constantly changing urges, creatures which jump from one new fad to another new trend with gleeful abandon. Take Facebook. Please. Already there’s Facebook fatigue among the great unwashed masses of humanity. In response, Facebook bought Instagram, the smartphone-only way to share photos with groups of family and friends.
That means no Instagram app for the Mac. It’s iPhone or smartphone only. Putting that restriction aside there are apps which allow Mac users some access to Instagram functions. All you need is an Instagram account.
First up is InstaDesk, one of few Mac apps which give you a way to view, like, comment, and download photos from your Instagram stream, including videos.
You just can’t upload photos to Instagram with InstaDesk.
Second on my list is the much needed InstaArchiver, an inexpensive Mac app with one purpose in life. To download your photos from your Instagram account.
This one is actually rather simple. It logs into your Instagram account and downloads all the photos you’ve uploaded so you get a decent backup.
Chances are good that your smartphone already has the original photos that were uploaded to Instagram in the first place, but there’s nothing ever wrong with a backup.
Finally, here’s a way to get Instagram photos onto your Mac as almost live wallpaper. It’s InstaLive Wallpaper which grabs your Instagram photos, pops them into an attractive collage or frame for you to enjoy.
There’s actually a little more going on with InstaLive Wallpaper, including an option to browse photos in the app, choose from a variety of layouts and styles, like photos on Instagram, post comments, and even save on Facebook.
As it is with everything Instagram, you’ll need an account, and only your smartphone can be used to post or upload photos.