Nokia Lumia and Instagram

Today all of us are hooked to social media. Be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, our life is revolving around the latest social networking sites. Instagram was started in October 2010 and is one of the world’s largest mobile photography and video social networks.

In April 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for over $1 billion. There are now over 200 million monthly active users and an average of 60 million photos uploaded per day. Instagram launched an official app in beta for Windows Phones in late 2013. Let us see how this Instagram works on Nokia Lumia.

Open your account

Installed on your Lumia running Windows Phone 8 you must first create an account. This will make you connect to your other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare to your new Instagram account. This ensures your photo-sharing receives maximum coverage.

Instagram Beta displays four sections: Timeline, Trending, Notifications, and Profile – all easily accessible by swiping from right to left.


Like other social apps, following people is the key to seeing new content appear in the Timeline. For this, you have to follow and be followed on your social network.

To leave a comment on an image, tap on the comment icon and start typing, and if you want to like a photo you can either double-tap the image or press on the like icon.

The Trending section

This is easy to understand. It shows you 15 popular Instagram photos or videos based on the amounts of likes and comments. If something grabs your attention, here’s your chance to add a comment or like to join the rest of the community.


Whenever somebody follows you or likes one of your photos, you’ll be made aware of this fact in the Notification section. It’s a good place to see which of your photos are more engaging to the Instagram crowd.

Your Profile

Your Profile shows precisely what you’ve uploaded and also shows you the number of followers you have, as well as the number of people you’re following. It’s also in the Profile section you can make easy edits to your profile such as adding a bio or choosing to keep your profile private according to your preference.

Uploading photos

There are a few ways to upload a photo with Instagram Beta. Launch the Nokia Camera app on your phone, take a photo and then from the photo options simply tap on share and select Instagram Beta. This takes you straight into the image editing section of the app.

Nokia Camera

With Nokia Camera, you can create Action Shots for extra creativity and share them on Instagram. Alternatively, you can select an image by tapping the camera icon at the bottom of the screen within the Instagram app. This will initially show you the photos stored in your camera roll, and tapping the camera icon again will open the camera viewfinder where you can take a new photo.

Your first step will be to crop your image to make it conform to Instagram’s square photo style. After that, you can apply any of the filters available such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others. And of course, you can add a frame, or even use the radial and linear tilt-shift blur to add focus to certain parts of the photo.

Adding context

You can also add a caption. Searching for other images around the Instagram network is much easier if you use hashtags (#), so make sure you add hashtags into your captions – but only hashtag keywords, not all of them.

Photo Map Function

There’s also the option to add a location using the Photo Map function, and to Tag People on Instagram. This highlights who might have been with you at the time, or to just inform them of a cool new photo. You can pin Instagram Beta to your Start screen as a Live tile. This will inform you at once when somebody likes or comments on your photos, or when new followers are gained.

Now you are ready to upload your photos to Instagram and share them press play to other social networking of your choice!

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