Meta is notoriously famous for copying many features from other social media apps and blending them into their app brilliantly. Another similar example is the newly launched Threads app, which is supposed to be a better alternative to Twitter. As users flock to the Threads app, many wonder how to access Threads on the web.
Although Threads’ competition Twitter already allows you to use its microblogging platform on the web seamlessly, it’s understandable to cut Threads some slack as it is in its nascence. However, if Instagram’s Twitter-like platform grew on you, here’s how to use Threads on the web on PC or Mac.
Can You Access the Threads Website on a PC or Mac
Yes, you can, but there’s a catch to it. The catch is that the Threads website does not allow you to log in. This limits some basic functionalities, such as following or unfollowing a person, liking a thread, replying, etc.
However, Threads says on its app and website, “Soon, you’ll be able to follow and interact with people on other fediverse platforms, like Mastodon,” which hints it could become more interactive on the web in the future. For now, move on to the next section to see how you can access it.
How to Use Threads on PC or Mac
Using social media apps on your smartphone can be addictive and unproductive. So, if you want to look at what your Threads friends are up to while working on your PC or Mac, we have two simple methods.
Method 1: Using Threads Website
The Threads website is in its early stages, which means some functionalities are limited (more on that later). However, you can easily access Threads on your PC or Mac. The best part is that you can do so without logging into your account. Let’s take a look at the simple steps:
Step 1: Open Instagram and go to the profile of the person whose Threads you want to view.
Step 2: Click on the Threads logo to access their latest Threads.
Alternate Way: You can also type ‘threads.net/@username’ in your browser’s URL bar to access someone’s Threads on the web.
Step 3: Threads will now open; scroll and look at the Threads posted by your friend. Furthermore, click on a Thread to expand it further and read its replies.
Fun fact: Clicking on the Threads logo on the website toggles the dark mode.
Step 4: You can also share a Thread from the web. Click on the ‘three dots’ (kebab menu) to show more options related to Thread.
Step 5: Click on ‘Copy link’ and paste it into your choice of app to share it.
While using this method for accessing Threads on the web might seem fun and easy, it can also be frustrating as it has limitations. You
- cannot post a Thread.
- cannot view old Threads from someone.
- cannot like a Thread.
- cannot comment on a Thread.
- cannot share a Thread to your Instagram Story/Feed.
- cannot see the likes of a Thread.
- cannot repost or quote a Thread.
However, if you want full access to Threads on your PC or Mac, let’s look at the following method.
Also Read: Tips and tricks to use Threads
Method 2: Emulate Android on PC or Mac
You can also try emulating Android by using an Emulator to access the full functionalities of Threads on your PC or Mac. NoxPlayer and BlueStacks are some of the popular emulators for PC or Mac. You can also try Windows Subsystem to run Android apps natively on your PC if you are on Windows.
Note: For now, many emulators like NoxPlayer and BlueStacks don’t support Apple Silicon Macs.
Once you are done with the installation part of the emulator, launch the emulator, sign in with your Google account, and follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch the Play Store on your emulator and click on the Search bar.
Step 2: Search for Instagram Threads and click on ‘Install’.
Step 3: Once the app is installed, click ‘Open’ to launch the Threads app on your PC or Mac.
Step 4: Now click on ‘Log in with Instagram’.
Step 5: Type your username and password and click ‘Log In’.
Step 6: Now, the Threads app is open on your PC or Mac; you can continue using it as you do on your phone.
FAQs Related to Threads by Instagram
Yes, it will be visible to you as well as others.
No. There are no limitations on how many Threads you can see in one day.
Access Threads Effortlessly
If Threads want to compete with Twitter, Meta needs to bring more functionalities to the web version. Till then, you can use these two methods to access Threads seamlessly on your PC or Mac. Whether you want to glance at your friends’ Threads or reply to them, you will be able to do so by following the above methods.
Last updated on 17 July, 2023
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