Android vs iPhone Instagram Users: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

sunset on the oregon coast instagramYesterday, I was one of over 1 million happy Android users who downloaded the popular photo sharing app, Instagram.

After months of watching my iPhone artist friends have all the fun posting their creative photos, I was finally able to join! Up until yesterday, the clever app was only available to iPhone users.

I stayed up late last night playing with my newfound toy. I can already see that I will gain a lot of artistic inspiration from manipulating my photos with the app. I have added a few examples of my first Instagram attempts in this post for you to see…

Nevertheless,  I read that not all users are as happy about Instagram’s arrival on Android. According to PCMagazine, some iPhone users took to Twitter to express their annoyances that the app is now open to Android users.

Here are a few of the disgruntled tweets from iPhone users that PCMagazine shared…

 @matthewtpain,“bummed to see Instagram is coming soon to Android. I like the exclusivity of iPhone users only.”

 @Anthony_CA. “Don’t follow me on instagram if you got an Android. Only iPhone users following this way. Im blocking Android users. This is war.”

And my favorite…

 @Chino_Wanker “I’m absolutely #outraged that Instagram is on Android now, it’s gonna be populated by people who are poor and can’t afford an iphone.” 

With over 30 million Instagram iPhone users, I am sure these remarks are from the minority. But really, can’t we Android and iPhone peeps all get along??? 

In a recent blog post, Techcrunch stated that ‘Android is at 500 million activations (for comparison, Apple is at something around 180 million iPhones sold, total) the startup has a real chance of hitting 100 million users across both devices soon enough to matter. Facebook took about four years to reach its first 100 million; The idea of Instagram becoming the world’s first formidable, mobile-only social network is extremely compelling’.

Popular among artists and photographers, the app allows users to add different custom filters to photos in order to change the colors, tonality, mood, and borders of their snapshots.

Even though the Android app works great, I have to admit that I was disappointed to find that my Samsung Charge SCH-1510 is not supported by Google Play. This means that I am unable to manage my Instagram account via my computer – maybe my next phone should be an iPhone!

a beaver creekAre you an Android or iPhone Instagram user?

**I am lorimcneeartist on Instagram. Let’s also meet on Twitterand on Google Plus, Pinterestand join in the fun at Fine Art Tips Facebook Fan Page! You can view my art here > ~Lori

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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.


  1. Yoohoo!! Great post dear as always. Yes iPhone is great to have but in India there is some limitation to use iPhone. Because iPhone creates such atmosphere that everyone have iPhone to call video and wi-fi must. So Android is better we have full freedom to use it. Android phones not cheap they come same price as iPhone but they have many from low to high ends.

    Have a great day dear. Thanks for the Instagram post ((Hugs))

    • Hello Amit, I am back from nearly a month of traveling…phew! The Internet service was spotty, so I am behing on comments. Thanks so much for taking time to share your thoughts! I chose an Android for the same reasons …the iPhone cell service was not as good as the Android in my area. I spent around $500 USD for mine, not cheap at all! Anyway, I am having fun with Instagram and so far most of the iPhone users are friendly. :)

      Hugs back,

  2. I also have an android & downloaded Instagram the 1st day! I felt left out!! :) I have been playing with it also and did a few shots. I need to figure out some of the really cool effects people do. I think it’s a combination of different photo apps. BTW- my favorite other Android phone apps are Vignette, FxCamera & Retro Camera!

    • Hello Greta, I am catching up on comments after traveling for nearly a month now. Thanks for sharing those other apps with us. I will have to give them a try. Obviously, I am enjoying Instagram too.

      Happy shooting!

  3. Your photos are gorgeous!

  4. “@Chino_Wanker…outraged that Instagram is…populated by people who are poor and can’t afford an iphone.”

    — Really??

    …“We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
    With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort
    “We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!”…

    • Haha! This reminded me of that Dr. Seuss book too! They had stars upon thars – lol. Thanks for sharing a bit of humor with us about this silly topic.

      Lori :)

  5. I’ve both Instagram and FxCamera. They are great apps but I’ve switched to Instagram since the release. It’s a great platform to interact with your friends and followers!

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