As you might know Instagram has browser-based version. However, this version of the social media service is still very limited. One notable limitation of the web version is that you can not view direct videos broadcast from other users. Fortunately there's a simple way to unlock this feature, as well as others, on you computer.
How To Unlock All Instagram Features on PC
To get started accessing Instagram with increased features on your computer, first go to Instagram's website
. Next Log in
and go to the browser menu
(three dots in the upper right corner of the screen). Then go to More tools > Developer tools
The window will appear divided, and half of your screen will display the developer tools. Next, click on the second icon
in the top bar of that window, as seen below:
After this, you will be able to view the Instagram webpage as if you were using the mobile app version
. In the top menu bar, you can also adjust the view format and the device type:
Next, refresh the webpage (click F5) and Instagram will display the same appearance as in the mobile app version. Hereafter you will be able to access Instagram Direct, to publish content, or post Stories.
Watch IG Live on Your PC Using a Chrome Extension
If you're using Google Chrome, fortunately there's a browser extension that allows you to view live Instagram broadcasts without having to repeat all of the previous steps on your computer.
First, open the Chrome Web Store
. Then search for IG Stories in the search field (top left of the screen), and on the next page, select Use in Chrome
. There are several popular extensions such as App for Instagram with Direct
, or App for Instagram (Support DM)
After confirming the installation, click Add Extension
on the tab that appears to make it easier to access.