Meta-owned social networking app Instagram remains iPhone-only, and there’s no sign of an iPad app on the horizon. This is a great source of frustration for “iPad” users who prefer to have an app to access the social network as full functionality is not available on the web.
Starting with iPadOS 16, some Instagram users who access the “iPhone” version of the app on their “iPad” have noticed that it doesn’t work properly on the “iPad” display, making it impossible to post stories, see the full content of images, access polls and more.
MacRumors Reader Phil shared images highlighting the issue. On a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, there is no available button to post a story from within the app as the UI is cut off at the bottom.
Story text from others is cropped depending on an image’s layout, and there are graphical glitches on interactive Instagram post elements like polls and text entry boxes.
There are several other complaints on the MacRumors forums and on reddit above display problems with the Instagram app for “iPhone” being used on an “iPad” when running “iPadOS 16”, some dating from when the software existed to be beta tested.
Instagram doesn’t have issues on all “iPad” models, with the issue seemingly being limited to the larger 12.9-inch “iPad Pro,” but it’s a frustrating situation for “iPad” owners who are struggling. Instagram has made it clear that an “iPad” app isn’t a priority because there simply aren’t enough people who want the feature.
Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said earlier this year that there “isn’t a group of people big enough to be a priority,” although he said the company hopes to eventually roll out an Instagram app. Since the iPad is not a priority, it’s not clear if Instagram will fix the display issues some iPad owners are having with the iPhone app, but it appears to be an optimization that needs to be done on Instagram’s part.
There is no fix until Instagram fixes the app, but some users have been able to fix the issue by going to Settings > Display > Display & Brightness > Display Zoom and selecting the larger text option. The web interface is also an alternative, since Instagram can be accessed from any browser.
https://www.macrumors.com/2022/12/16/instagram-app-issues-ipados-16/ There is still no Instagram app for iPad and now some users cannot get iPhone version to work properly on iPadOS 16