Instagram website design is not exactly an example of user experience. At best, it can be described as usable. You can use it to display your feed and stories and you can finally post images from the website. But just being Usable not enough. That’s why it’s time to enhance your Instagram web experience with these Chrome extensions to turn it into an app, add a downloader, access video controls, use dark mode, and more.
You will find many ways to turn an Instagram website into an app, but this Chrome extension does a good job on its own. It gives you the Instagram mobile app on your PC which makes the Instagram interface more usable. From the app’s toolbar, you can upload photos and IGTV videos, quickly take and share screenshots, and use dark mode.
Want to save Instagram Stories or record Instagram Lives? The Stories app makes it as easy as tapping the download button on your photos, videos, and stories. Another benefit? You can watch stories anonymously. And the next time you watch Instagram Live, you’ll see an option to record and save the video so you can come back to it anytime you want.
By default, the Instagram video player in the feed does not have any controls. You cannot play, pause, or switch to full screen mode. Controls for Instagram Videos extension adds all these features to the Instagram website. Additionally, you can click the three-dot menu button for an option to download the video, or to view it in a picture-in-picture window.
Many addons come with built-in dark modes, but if you are Just If you’re looking to add a dark mode to your Instagram website (and nothing else), try adding Night Mode for Instagram. It is a simple one-click extension. Click on the extension icon and go to dark mode, tap it again to go back to light mode.
FastSave is a comprehensive Instagram extension for downloading content from Instagram. Additionally, it gives you an option to switch between desktop and mobile layouts. You’ll find a FastSave button everywhere — next to your photos, videos, and stories.
The Instgram generic naming extension does a lot of work, but a couple of its features really stand out. The first is the small floating Instagram video player that lets you watch videos while browsing the feed. And secondly, the fact that it actually makes the links in the comments clickable, which is potentially the biggest annoyance on Instagram as a platform.
Planning: Get a grid of Instagram posts
Instagram on your desktop is wasting a lot of screen space. The left and right panes are empty, and you can only see one post at a time. What if you could see four or six posts at a time? Layoutify makes that happen. Once installed, it will display Instagram posts in a grid format, and upload images in a high-quality format. There is also support for a night mode. Click the three-dot menu button, and it will show you a grid of your liked posts and your saved groups.