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The beautiful, open source, and privacy-friendly alternative Instagram client for Android

  • Android
  • Android Tablet
Avg rating of 4.3 (3)| 3 comments

What is Barinsta?

If you don't upload posts or stories on Instagram, but you still have to use it to keep in touch with people and contents, you now have an alternative: Barinsta is a beautiful client that allows you to browse Instagram, while giving you more options to control your data.


  • Login NOT NEEDED to browse timeline and face-tagged posts from public profiles, hashtags, and locations.
  • View & download posts.
  • View & copy comments, captions, & biographies.
  • Zoom in on pictures with ease.
  • Batch download posts from feeds (Hold & Select).
  • Mark profiles as favourite for quicker access.

Additional features for those logged in:

  • View & download stories, highlights, and HD avatar.
  • Browse feed (posts and stories), discover (by topic), DM, activity/notifications, and private profiles that you have followed.
  • Most features you need to view and interact: Like, "save", write/like/reply to comments, follow/block/restrict, reply to stories, play with stickers, respond to DMs (text & picture), etc.
  • View stories anonymously (by default, configurable).
  • See your own liked & saved posts.
  • Copy DM messages & download attachments.
  • Switch between accounts.

Extra merits:

  • Prevents irrational decisions: Instagram likes are set-it-forget-it, allowing them to collect more data from you. Barinsta intentionally removes double-tap and requires you to click into posts to give it a like. Barinsta also allows you to easily access posts you've liked through your own profile.
  • Allows customization: Pick your themes and layouts!
  • Allows viewing at your own pace: No need to "hold" a story with your fingers!
  • Not a webapp: Absolutely NO browser involved, except for login.
  • Not a mod: Absolutely NO dependency of the actual Instagram app.
  • We don't store passwords!
  • Request what you want: The app only requests what it needs to show you the content. No communicating with useless endpoints, and only minimal data is sent to Instagram.

(We're previously known as InstaGrabber.)

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Barinsta has received a cease and desist letter from Facebook, and has been taken down by its author as a result.

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Barinsta Features

  1.  LightweightBarinsta consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  Privacy focusedBarinsta is considered a privacy friendly alternative.

Barinsta information

  • Developed byAustin Huang & Ammar Githam
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.3
  • Alternatives29 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 3 comments and reviews about Barinsta, and it has gotten 14 likes

Barinsta was added to AlternativeTo by POX on and this page was last updated . Barinsta is sometimes referred to as InstaGrabber.

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Sadly a lot of artists and pleasant celebrities still use a Facebook owned product and this alongside a VPN or Tor is so far the least messy way to access the cesspool. If you absolutely have to use Instagram, this is the way.

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Great piece of Open Source available on F-Droid. Having no Ads etc. is very cool as is the compact grid customizable feed. Some kind of RePost feature (with credit) would be also cool so no other third party tools are necessary for that... Hopefully will be maintained and get even better.

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Use Instagram without the atrocious bloat and tracking! Still a bit buggy, but it's probably enough for occasional use.

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  • Social Network
  • android-apps
  • instagram-download
  • Instagram Client
  • Instagram

Barinsta platform details


5.0+ required

Android Tablet

5.0+ required

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