How to install Instagram on BlackBerry 10

How to install Instagram on BlackBerry 10
By Adam Zeis on 29 Jan 2014 11:45 am EST

With the official release of OS 10.2.1 hitting devices around the globe, we now have the option to install Android applications right on the device — including Instagram. It's obviously not an official BlackBerry version, but it still works like a champ on the new OS. So if you've been waiting to get your gramming on from your BlackBerry, here's how to get it done.

Note that you'll need to be running OS 10.2.1 or higher for this to work.

Step 1: Download the Instagram APK

You can grab the Instagram APK from here. You can hit up the site on your BlackBerry browser but it may be easier to find the file from your PC, then moving it to your device.

  • If saving to your BlackBerry, just tap the file in the iist, then save it to your device. 
  • If using a PC - download the file, then transfer it to your device over USB, by emailing it to yourself or using Dropbox, Box etc.


Step 2: Install the APK

Find the Instagram APK file on your BlackBerry (in the folder you saved it to or wherever you transferred it from your PC).

Tap the file to open, then tap Install. 


Tap Accept in the popup dialog to continue. 

When the install is finished, you'll have Instagram installed on your BlackBerry. Tap Open, login (or sign up) and you're on your way!



This process works for most (but not all) Android apps if you're running OS 10.2.1 — so go nuts. Find more on installing Android apps on your BlackBerry at the link below.

How to install and Android app (APK) to BlackBerry

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How to install Instagram on BlackBerry 10


Why not install the 1Mobile android app store and presto, no more downloading specific apks anymore. You also get notifications for updated apps!

EDIT: First! (that is how it works right?)

You can grab the Instagram APK from here. You can hit up the site on your BlackBerry browser but it may be easier to find the file from your PC, then moving it to your device.

If saving to your BlackBerry, just tap the file in the iist, then save it to your device.
If using a PC - download the file, then transfer it to your device over USB, by emailing it to yourself or using Dropbox, Box etc.

I also find iGrann better on the Q10. I can actually see the full picture instead of having most of it blocked out by the instram ui.

But at least instagram had video upload and instagram direct.

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Also is it just me or when I refresh the explore tab, I scroll through the new pics/videos if I let go without selecting a pic the page will refresh again. It's quite annoying!

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Why? It already has over 120,000 downloads in less than 48 hrs. Its already better than instagram and isn't even full featured yet.

Everyone in the states will still be using igrann for another year while we wait for the OS upgrade. That plus not everyone will bother with the Android apps at all. In fact there are probably thousands of BB10 users that don't get on crackberry and even know that it is possible.

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Igrann is a great app. Just wait when all the features are implemented, I bet that igrann will be more favored than this. :)

Keepin' it Chill Z10 (

I have a Lumia Windows Phone and the 3rd Party Instagram app, 6Tag, is much better than the native instagram app by miles, I'm sure iGrann will do well...

My Z30 #ProductivityEnhanced

The instagram Apk still don't play nice with the BlackBerry keyboard though, crackberry need to state that as a disclaimer so noobs don't get mad

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As nice as it is to be able to put the android Instagram on the phones, I think more people will go with Igrann, since it is built for all BB 10 devices and from what I am hearing a very good app.

I got rid of Instagram a long time and prefer using iGrann. I don't do video, and nobody sends me Direct anyway, so it works perfect for me as-is :)
Also ... the keyboard was a real PITA with Instagram. Has this been fixed?

How do we know what the latest version is? I downloaded an apk from the play store that reports as version
Mobile apps need more descriptive versioning....

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I got my daughter to load iGrann but she said it was very slow so she went back to instagram. Not sure what the problem could be but I am doing my best to support the Dev!

Posted with my gorgeous Z30

deleted instagram since igrann official released
sideloaded android apps are just not that memory efficient compared to native bb10 app, especially those that needed android keyboards

The only thing I have to say is, Adrian busted his ass on his own time and his own dime to bring Instagram to us. I'm gonna use his app! I may download the original to try it out, but I think I'm gonna keep iGrann to show support.


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Instagram make my camera app broke, reboot device fix it but when load instagram problem appear ( especially with video on instagram)

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I'm using the leaked OS and all video and pics show sideways. So unless they make a native app, im running with insta on my Iphone4. I have IGRAN, but, the lack makes me only want to use it as a viewer thus far. I don't use insta on my Q10 @All. Garbage.

BBW Lovers Unite- OOLONG. The Eye of The OOLONG :C00121B8B

Is there a way to actually see the filenames of the apk files on that SkyDrive page?

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Why even bother now that we have iGrann for BlackBerry 10. This has no merit anymore void filled. *nuff said* sorry Adam I have the best point you will see here

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Anybody else find it annoying that with Android apps (apks), there is no way to manage what the app can access like native BB apps. I don't want to give the app access to my contacts. It's all or nothing here.

Anyway to prevent this?

Step 1: Go to BlackBerry World

Step 2: Search "iGrann"

Step 3: Tap "Download"

There you have it folks!

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I installed it. It worked for the first few times but now I get a black screen when I open Instagram. Any tips?

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Igrann need video support but to me way better then instagram right now anyways but miss video support hope in next Igrann update it be there

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Problem is any android app that has push notifications doesn't push those notifications. Prime example is Score Mobile and Scoremobile FC. Under notifications > other applications, the apps don't show up so you can't set push notification settings. I just wish app developers would make official blackberry versions that work.

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Why? Why do I want Instagram on my phone with the horrible look to it when I can have Igrann and have a great look and especially when I can change the theme from light to dark, now can you do that with Instagram hell no so I shall stay with the third party app and honestly wait for all features to be upgraded later

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Why bother Igrann works great with no hassle at all right from our BlackBerry App Store

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Why not just download SNAP and download it directly afterwards so that you can install all the apps instead?? Why do it this difficult way multiple times

Ahhhh we have IGRANN!!!! Natively built and from what I hear it's better than Instagram even though IGRANN doesn't have all the features like video and direct message #TeamBlackBerry #IGRANN

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Yeah I got Igrann today, but now have Instagram and am loving it! Especially the now I can video upload. I feel a little sorry for them too! I also now have Vine. Which is running very slowly and crashes but at least I have it, it works most of the time. Just a little slow and the moment has passed by the time it loads. Still enjoying these new apps :)

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Once I downloaded the apk file and installed it (in my case instagram) can I delete the apk file? I've tested the app and it works fine.

I have installed it, though a wee bit slow in loading I do love the app, however, I will jump at the opportunity for a true native app by Instagram, but currently I have Amazon and Instagram on my phone, quite happy with that, since I am not into games that much, I feel this update could turn more people over to the dark side :)

After a year of campaigning for a native instagram. Every day we wondered when it would come. We tried every tactic in the book. Finally our man Adrian comes to the rescue, gives the people what they've been asking for and now we can get instagram? Uh uh. No. That's not how it works in CB world. We take care of our own. So thanks but no thanks. I'll stick to Igrann. Ps. Please don't forget to donate. It's the least we can do to ensure that we get the best IG experience.

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See, this is a good example of why BB is faltering in general. it's 2014, Android rules by sheer market volume while Apple rules by way of profits, while BB gets the scraps after MS's Windows Phone is done eating..

Yet here we are, trying to work out how to get Instagram working on our Blackberries.

This is a symptom of a prevailing issue. A lot of effort is wasted by the BB faithful just to get things up and running on their devices. That's Android crap we're trying to embrace and employ on our devices.

With this much effort expended, why is Blackberry ignoring the obvious? Blackberry is security and keyboard and maybe even BBM, period. Not so lofty ambitions there. It's obvious BB10 as an OS has failed. Put 2 and 2 together... doesn't take MBA's to tell a company where it needs to focus its efforts, but apparently BB is thick and oblivious to obvious signs.

Tried the latest version of INSTAGRAM (v5.0.6) via SNAP .... Still does NOT allow access to BOX/DROPBOX. iGRANN works fine for this.

Something is wrong and I need to figure this out.

I set up instagram account. I uploaded a picture. I then found out about igrann and logged in via that app.

I uploaded. A couple more pictures. Photos were of my dog me and a couple pals smoking a cigar and a vacation photo of my trip to new York.

Two hours later I went into the app and received message that my account was disabled for boating terms of use. With no explanation.

I opened a new account and used both apps to access account. After a day I was locked out again. I contacted igrann and they said it's not them. I tweeted to instagram a few times and sent messages to them on their Facebook page. They don't have a useable email.

Is using both apps a violation of their terms? That is so they consider using igrann a third party app and flag it as a security risk or jack attempt. I'm running out of email addresses to use so if anyone can help I would be extremely grateful.

Thank you.

never I thought it is really piece of cake even for 'not-so-bright' tech savvy like myself.

Instagram works like charm....and image on zed10 even sharper. whats more to ask.....yyaayyyy

Not sure exactly what I'm doing wrong. OS, this should work, correct? Emailed this the file to myself, AND used dropbox, just sits there and black screen on my phone, with spinning circle that says processing. Forever. It does this. The sideloaded version of Instagram and Candy Crush worked fine before I upgraded my OS today. Now, nope. So I tried your way of getting Instagram. Spin/processing. Grrrr. Help?

No for nothing...But I refuse to install .apk files that are not signed by the original company. Who the hell is John Steve?????

Hello All. Before I upgraded to the Q10, my old blackberry automatically saved my voicenotes to my media card. However, now it saves it to the device and when I take the card out to put it into my desktop, my notes are not there. Does anyone know how to save "reminders" on your memory card?

Ok please read this comment even if you already have instagram because you maybe find out more then you know about you blackberry and how much it can actually do. ok there are many ways to install instagram and other apps but there are actually 3 different apps you may want to consider and see how to get them. i will list them white my opionion, extra info, tips & tricks, and the pro & cons of each.
1. igrann::: For daily normal use of instagram like navigating threw photos all over, taging phots , liking photos and quick uploading photos this app is by far the best app for instagram ever on all platforms for all phones! but the trade off is not all things are available or as easy to do which is why you should get the other apps as well. this app is fast and easy to use and downloadable from blackberry app world. it looks amazing if you make some changes to it which i will get to in a bit. The problems are making accounts and signing hard is extremely difficult. as i remember i couldnt sign on the app with my facebook so i had to use the other apps to create an account and sign on to it with my facebook. then link my email to it and create a password for the account. then i can log on this app with the email and password. another problem with the app is that you can only post to your facebook & twiiter. you will need the other apps to do the rest of the features if you really want to use them. photos can be taken or uploaded and the good thing about uploading photos from your phone is that you can get other apps to custmize the photos even more then also when uploading to igrann you get another chance to use the phones camera settings to edit the photo. people they may even have this app may not know how cool and good it actually it is because it comes installed in some bad settings. in my opinion the first thing after installing this app is to change this setting in the appearance tab: Theme switch to dark, Title Bar switch to blue, Feed design and Media page Design switch to modern, make sure both tabs on action bar and back button are on for fast and easy navigating. Leading Edge optiion in the Snap Mode tab makes the photo in the news feed line up perfectly with ur screen everytime you scroll while default allows you scroll and stop anywhere so you can choose that one then exit back to the home screen and close the app. relaunch the app and Surprise! the app is a million times better and fits with the blackberry now. ok let tell you a few tips on how to use this app now. first off in your news feed on the bottom left corner of the photos is a heart icon which you can click but it doesnt make you like the photo but it lets you see who else likes the photo. the comment icon allows you to see and wright comments about the photo. a single tab on the photo will clean off the photo and take away all the writing and things over it. now in this mood you can double tab the photo to like or unlike it. you can also hold down your finger on the photo which pulls in a menu option for that photo. for some reason this only works during when photo has its info over it if the leading edge option is on and in default you can always do it.

2. The normal android app install from an apk file::: this is a dull boring and slower app but it works and has all the features like "direct message instagram" and can be share to more places than just facebook & LinkedIn, tumbler and so on. this app can be installed like the article says but you most likly will have problems finding an .apk from your pc to put on to your phone. there are android app downloaders that can be installed right on to ur phone. snap is good for paid google apps but alot of apps dont seem to work from there. so if you really want to get your blackberry phone working with android apps you need to get 1mobile market on your phone. with this program you can just easily download any android app and install them. to get more android apps to work you will need some apps from an android phone google store.apk and google services.apk which these can be found on this forum or contact me and i will send them you and help you.install these just as this article said to install the instagram app then open them and close them there are a few options you can mess with in the google services app but besides that you never need to open them again and you can just put them away in a folder on ur home screen. now that you got those you need to sideload your first mobile downloaders snap and 1mobile market. you can sideload all android apps as long as you convert them first from apk files to bar files. try to find the bar files for snap and one mobile market on thiis site if not ill send them to you. im going to write down the fastest and easy way to sideload files in and in explain how you can do it for all your files if you like to have a benefit of being able to install all your apps at once. one of the best things about 1mobile is that you can back up all your apks even if they are already installed and/ or download by another program. 1mobile will repack the apps in apks and store in a backup folder. you can find this folder on your phone and copy the apks to your computer. now to convert the apks which many youtube videos give you this very complicated process that takes forever which there is a simpler way. go to this website upload a apk file after it is done you will be able to click on it and download a bar file. sometimes the website gets it stuck in que if this happens wait a min and refresh the website and you should see your app in the most recent. ok now that you have your bar files move them into a folder somewhere on your comp and we need to get a installer now. first plug ur phone with a usb cable to ur comp if it isn't already then turn on development mode in the security setting once this is down stay on that development settings page and we will comeback to it. Next get Google chrome web browser if you dont already then search for an app add-on called "bb10/ playbook app manger" install it and it should put a blackberry button next to ur address bar. click the button a page with a box and a save button should come up then copy from your phone screen the ip address in says in the development mode page into the box and hit save button. click the added link now and put in your password then hit proceed anyway. once you reached the page with install button hit and go the folder with all the bar files and highlight one then hit "ctrl" and "a" on your keyboard all become highlighted and hit open then all your apps will install at once. now you know everything you need to start using android apps.

3.what i call these are "Browser Apps":::: many people don't realize that a lot of web sites have mobile versions of there webpage and a lot of become more like apps now and aren't that bad. whit the other 2 apps avaible for instagram this is almost pointless but this can used to set up the account. to make this app what you need to do it open ur browser than go to the website you want to make into an app if they are available and in this case it is then sign in once at the home screen you can swipe down from the middle of the screen to get the address bar back. then in the bottom right corner hit the menu button and at the top of the menu there is "add to home screen" click it. then name the app what you want but what i would do is "instagram browser app" than save it and done. i do this to all websites even if i have an app already for them like twtter or facebook because some links open the browser instead of the app and you its nice to be logged in. so keep them in a folder all together to not clutter ur home screen but these are can be very useful with websites that don't have the normal app like deviant-art, google+, google store, get glued's web app is better than its androids.

A myth i also wanted to put to bed real quick. i once thought and it seems other people thing that you if you are a person like me you can get a lot of emails and your hub can get filled quick and start to slow down so the way to delete the email was only to painstakingly click select more and tap each email to select them then delete it. I was pissed and didnt know better because on the old blackberrys you were able to hit a delete prior button which i used all the time. Well im happy to say that this isn't true for BB10 and all you need to do is put your finger on the date you want to delete prior to and hold down intill everything is selected and you get the option to click the trash can. clicking the select more button shot myself in the foot.

I hope this comment helped some people get there blackberrys more useful because if you are a little computer savvy i haven't needed or wanted an app that i couldn't get working some how its all about how well can you get it working because having a native it the best. also if you are a little creative you can go to and sign up and really make your apps blow away everyone. some examples would be like turning your instagram into a neighborhood watch tool or even fixing the instagram to post embedded pics on to twitter instead of links. if you need help with any of it tweet me @jpreziose on twitter

I have a Lumia Windows Phone and the 3rd Party Instagram app, 6Tag, is much better than the native instagram app by miles, I'm sure iGrann will do well...

The fact that there's even a "How to" to begin with, and it involves more than "Go to app store, search for Instagram, click download" is all you need to know about the current state of BB.

I downloaded the Instagram APK file to my BlackBerry Z10. Clicked to open. And it just stays in the screen with "Initializing" ..
Any ideas why I do not get the install screen?

I downloaded the Instagram APK file to my BlackBerry Z10. Clicked to open. And it just stays in the screen with "Initializing" .. Hours later I noticed it said "Processing..."
Any ideas why I do not get the install screen?
What gives?
Pretty sorry if you ask me.