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How to install Instagram on BlackBerry OS 10.2

By Adam Zeis on 24 Oct 2013 09:46 am EDT
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If you're new to OS 10.2 you may be having trouble getting up and running with Instagram. There are a bunch of OS 10.1 users that are making the jump to an official 10.2 and have been experiencing issues trying to get Instagram working again. Not to worry - there are actually a few ways you can get a new version working on OS 10.2 with just a little effort. The methods have been floating around the CrackBerry forums for a while now, but if you're just getting started with 10.2 you may now know about them. 

The method outlined here is the one that is working for most users on OS 10.2. It takes a bit more effort than normal but it should get you going. Some users are reporting that the debug method also works and some have had success using an unlocked Android runtime. Sideloading isn't an exact science so just keep hacking if you're having trouble -- hopefully one of the methods can get you Instagramming again. 

Here's the best route for installing Instagram as posted in the forums by Samxodemon:

  1. Unzip the package (download link below) -- you'll get 2 files for Instagram including version 3.4.4 and version 4.1.2.
  2. Install version 3.4.4 FIRST. Do not install them together.
  3. After finishing installation of 3.4.4, run it without signing in. Then, close it.
  4. Install version 4.1.2. You'll see two icons for Instagram. Whichever you open, they'll both get into the same latest version.
  5. Keep all these two icons on your device (you can move one to a folder or out of the way if you want, just don't remove it)

That's all there is to it. If you follow the steps above you should be good to go. If you still have issues you can hit up the forums for more help.

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How to install Instagram on BlackBerry OS 10.2

185 Comments

I didn't need to do anything. The app still works just fine. That keyboard is still screwy though, but oh well.

Having a second icon is a piss off, why would I want to do that... that alone would make me not want to bother.

This OS needs a "Hide Icon" option badly.

As it is Zed, so let it be written, so let it be done.

Thanks for the info. Don't have much use for it, but I'm sure a lot people will want to!

Posted via CB10

Waiting for the Igrann and ????gram versions to appear... Would rather support those hard-working developers than support Instagram or Facebook (who owns it) in any way. Somebody must be paying them a whole load of cash to keep it off the BlackBerry platform, knowing full well that an android port can work and would likely cost them little to do and support as a free app, yet they choose not to convert it and publish it like the Skype android port and countless other android apps. Why? Crackberry should be digging up the reasons why... it would be good to know.

Just load up the leaked unlocked runtime and sideload that bad boy. Works quite well

Posted via a Verizon Z10 running a 10.2.1.575 hybrid and CB10. My channel: C0004F9BB

Dumb question but why install leaked runtime? I thought Z30 has the new Android runtime that you don't need to do this anymore?

The key word is 'Unlocked" runtime.
I don't think any official version of BB10.2, on any BB10 smartphone, comes with an Unlocked Android runtime.

New versions installed on Z30 give the camera incompatibility message. Older versions give can't log in. With older versions you follow the Facebook trick and I have one version of instagram installed on Z30. Bad thing is you can't watch videos, the camera is upside down and can't comment. But you can upload pics.

Seriously, once you get a debug token set up, you'll never have to worry about apps not working ever again. Or, just sideload an Unlocked Runtime.

Thanks Adam... Upgraded our Z10's to 10.2 last night... now if I could only get the sideload of Candy Crush to work my daughter would be happy.

using the latest unlocked runtime, you don't need to do all this. just sideload the latest instagram apk and it'll work.

Posted via CB10

The debug token code expired, but your apps isn't. If want to sideload using the debug token method again, u just have to renew the code.

Posted via CB10

Thanks Kurt, but just to be clear: If the debug token expires, it should not directly affect the already loaded application from continuing to run properly, right? It just needs to be renewed when loading new applications?

I agree! Debug tokens need to be renewed every month. Also, you have to manually repackage each new app you want to sideload to work with your particular debug token (though you only have to package them once, even if you renew your token).

I'm all for sideloading etc... but the debug token method was a couple of steps too much for me. I'm gonna opt for the unlocked runtime. Seems WAAAAY simpler.

I support BB10, NOT BB Management!

It works perfectly with my only one version 4.1.2. Using 10.2.0.1791 and unlocked android runtime. No issues so far, no bugs, no lags, able to see videos and no need for a Google keyword :)

Posted via CB10

So before this 10.2 update my instagram didn't have a video button option to record videos. Once I did the 10.2 update I now have a video button and it actually records video. Doesn't crash or anything. Is this the case for anyone else. It seems like instagram updated it self or something.

And I was using and still am using v 4.0.2 of instagram. I was using it since the beginning for 10.1 and 10.1MR and has worked all along with no issues. Didn't have to re install it at all.

Using unlocked runtime and it runs fine but Flipboard not working asking for Internet connection

Posted via CB10

You probably have the unlocked runtime without the bottom bar. It only works if you have it with 10.2.1. Revert back to the other unlocked runtime and you should be fine.

Posted via CB10

Good Hack for those who want to have Instagram on their BlackBerry!

Posted via the awesome keyboard on Z10STL100-1/10.2.0.1791 using CB10 App

I use the debug method and it works everytime with no hassle. Running 4.1.2 and the android swiftkey keyboard to solve the mapping issue with the z10.

Posted via CB10

I don't understand why they can't put a version of Instagram on BB10 if it isn't that complicated to side load it. How much development effort would it take? A couple days? A week or two?

Posted via CB10

I don't understand why they can't put a version of Instagram on BB10 if it isn't that complicated to side load it. How much development effort would it take? A couple days? A week or two?

Posted via CB10

I don't understand why they can't put a version of Instagram on BB10 if it isn't that complicated to side load it. How much development effort would it take? A couple days? A week or two?

Posted via CB10

Well that about sums it up. I can now officially say the advantages of BB10 outweigh the setback of having to side load a few must have apps. Only Netflix to go.

Trolls should be forced to use BB10!

Just an FYI for those who want the newest Instagram:
you can install the old 3.4.4 open and close as per Adam's instructions and then sideload any new instagram including v 4.2.0 and 4.2.1 (there's some bars floating around in the forums of these)

Just an FYI for those who want the newest Instagram: you can install the old 3.4.4 open and close as per Adam's instructions and then sideload any new instagram including v 4.2.0 and 4.2.1 (there's some bars floating around in the forums of these)

Thanks for the info. It's gonna be useful once I get the official 10.2 update from my carrier. Hopefully soon.

Z10STL100-1/10.1.0.4633 via CB10

I used the double icon method again and it worked on my Q10. I'm too chicken to play with my runtime!!

Scrolling is smoother, keyboard is worse than before. You'll need to type your message in sms, bbm or email and then copy paste it.

Getting the message Google Drive quote exceeded!

Must be a popular download. Don't suppose you could upload again to reset the count?

I guess it's safe to say the merits of BB10 far outweigh the app situation. A few side loads for individual must have apps is less of an issue now with 10.2.

Trolls should be forced to use BB10!

No more of anything of this, had enough and also had to format my device that u don't even want any app unless it's native. So i'd better wait for iGrann as long as it gets to be released... Thanks!

Proudly Z10 owner...

"Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.

Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can't access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator."

You don't need to do all of that. To get the latest version working without any quirks :
1. Upgrade your phone to 10.2.0.1791/424
2. Sideload unlocked runtime (sys.android 10.2.1.20, sys.android.shell 10.2.1.13)
3. Reboot by holding down volume up and down for 20 seconds
4. Sideload Instagram 4.2.1 bar

Enjoy

Posted via CB10

Thanks for the info. Will be useful when I get the official 10.2 update from my carrier.

Z10STL100-1/10.1.0.4633 via CB10

The instructions provided above work. Thanks!!! Aside from the keyboard issue, it works pretty well. I can even record video. The link below the article to download the 4.1.2 and 3.4.4 files doesn't work though. You can find 4.1.2 on the GoodEReader website and 3.4.4 at Ubergizmo.com. Sorry, I can't post the links here; they seem to think I'm trying to spam this site.

I have been sideloading apps for a while however I never managed to get a few such as candy crush and instagram working. I looked into using the debug token but in the end the simplest way was to install the unlocked runtime. It worked like a charm and is easy to do if you know how to sideload apps. Thanks CrackBerry for thé help!

Posted via CB10

Make a copy of the file in your Google Drive and then download the copy. Too many ppl have accessed to original so there is a 24 hr limit imposed. The copy will get around this and you'll have a backup in your drive just in case.

Holy shit. I still can't believe my method still exists :o. I remember doing this 3 in the morning when 3.4.4 came out.

Eh I deserve credit ;) lol.

Posted via CB10

All I had to do was delete the older version that was required to make the new version run.. as soon as I deleted the older one the newer one worked fine

Posted via CB10

I keep getting the following message

Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.

Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can't access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator

Hmm. I figured issues with sideloading would disappear with the updated runtime. Guess I was wrong.

Posted via CB10

Yay! it works!

HOWEVER, I am having problems with the keyboard as everytime I hit the space bar, I get the letter 'd', and the autocorrect feature is not working properly. Is anyone else getting the same problem?

Why can't we just have a native APP
Been wanting instagram for ages side loaded it on my Z10 but not on my Z30 want a native APP come on guys..

Rob32

Surely someone could make this easier. Very soon we'll have to hop on one foot and light our heads on fire to get instagram to work. I'll stick to the older version until it becomes easier. More power to those who have the patience tho!

My instagram stopped working and I can't find one that works now. Anyone have one that works? I'm still using 10.1.

Posted via CB10

It will be great once the likes of iGrann and ????Gram (or whatever it will be called) is release officially for BB10. 
Like others have said, can't download the files. It has already been maxed... 

#Failed :)

Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.

Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can't access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator.

The Unlocked Android runtime is still needed to run a bunch of my side loaded apps. Plus it appears to be much faster than the looked version.

Posted via CB10

The file is hosted in Google Drive, just make a copy of it to your own personal Drive account (everyone has a Gmail address) and then download. It's normal that the file is locked for 24hrs after so many accesses.

The fix works, but anyone else notice on ther Q10 that the vids no longer play full screen? I can barely see what's going on anymore... but the app does work much faster

Posted via CB10

Did the sideload with a few apps in Chrome. Some worked, some didn't but I can't complain! Got Vine, Instagram, and a few others working perfectly with my 10.2 kicking!

Posted via CB10

Wonderful, though I just don't get why they just don't release a official version? I mean there is a major demand BB10 demand for the app. And many school kids and teenagers are making instagram part of there smart phone buying decision.

I've tried but have not succeed :-(
Oh well, I guess I'll wait till the real deal is available and native for BlackBerry 10. If I could survive the last 6 months without it, I guess I'll do pretty fine till then.

Posted via CB10

I've been messing around with side loading and trying to get the keyboard to work and then it hit me....

I should just open the browser, go to Instagram.com, login to my account and then press 'Add to Home Screen'. It creates an Instagram looking app icon on your home screen so you can launch the app and the browser page looks just like the app.

Best of all the keyboard works without any monkeying around!

Who needs an app when you can essentially create your own!

Posted via CB10

Just noticed that I can comment on the Instagram website but I still need the sideloaded app to post my own pictures.

Booooo!

Posted via CB10

It doesn't work, can't download the files. Error message below.

"Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.
Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can't access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator."

I'm having the same issue while trying to download the file shared on google drive, PLEASE ASSIST, i can't wait to use Instagram on my BB!!! Thanks big time CB )))

i install instagram with video on my blackberry z10. it works, but when i video record and try to post it. instagram stop working, that what it said, can someone help me fix it. Please

I install instagram with video on my blackberry z10 it works,but when i video and try to post it instagram stop work. can someone help me please.

i got a q10, camera is jacked up on this app. same with snap chat. made me delete snap chat, prol gonna delete this too. these social network things are dumb #dididoitright

Hi! Firstly, thanks for the instructions. This is my fist time doing any type of thing like this, and it was easy to understand and worked great. However, when I open the app there are a few problems - the camera is disoriented, almost as if its being rotated 90 degrees. Also, when I take a picture it doesn't automatically take me into editing, just a frame of the picture itself. then I have to press "back" to get out of the screen and it takes me to the home screen.

Any idea why this is happening and how I would fix it? Also, I saw the post about Blackgram today so wondering if I should just do that, however nothing is coming up on the app world.

Any help is MUCH appreciated, thank you!!

im a new bb10 user..i can install and use the apps yesterday but today when i open the apps, black screen came out with loading bar on the bottom..and i can't open the apps..help

Hi, I'm hoping someone out there can help me. I am new to the balckberry experience and loving it. New to instagram too. I just purchased the instagram app through my blackberry world and can't login. I do not have an instagram and trying to create one but can't figure out how to. Can someone please help!!!!!

I tried this method it didn't work, so I tried various other methods. I finally downloaded v 1.x and side loaded it to my Z10 and it worked. I also side loaded version 4.1.2 but didn't bother running it

This download link is saying "Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist." Is there another place to download the latest Instagram bar file?