Although Threads, the recent Instagram app, is not yet downloadable from the Google Play Store or the App Store in certain countries, it is still possible to install it manually. Below I will give you a simple and safe guide to do it.
Threads , Instagram’s new text-based social network, has caught the attention of users from all over the world. However, for many, the app is still not available for download from the Google Play Store or the App Store due to temporary geo-restrictions. Despite this, it is possible to download and install Threads manually via apk, thus allowing users to access the platform without waiting for the approval of the European Union.
The manual installation procedure of Threads is the same used for installing other apk files on Android, and is simple, immediate and risk-free. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to proceed:
- From your smartphone, open the following link and download the Threads apk.
- Open a file manager application (such as Google Files) and navigate to the folder where you downloaded the Threads apk file (usually the Downloads folder).
- Tap on Threads apk file and agree to install applications from unknown sources.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation procedure.
- Done! Now you can open Threads from your system launcher.
This procedure is safe, as the apk comes from a reliable source, so there is no risk. Currently, this is the only way to install Threads, but we will inform you as soon as it is possible to do so from the Google Play Store.
If you have an iOS device and want to install Threads, you’ll need an Instagram account in one of the countries where the app is currently available, such as the US or the UK.
Once the app is installed, here are the steps to follow:
- Log in to Threads with your Instagram credentials.
- Complete your name, bio, and link information (can be imported directly from Instagram).
- Choose between a public or private profile (note: profiles of users under the age of 18 will be private by default).
- Complete the Threads subscription.
- Choose whether or not to receive notifications.
- Choose whether or not to follow the same accounts you follow on Instagram or just a part of them.
Despite the temporary geo-restrictions, manually installing Threads gives users a chance to start exploring the new Instagram platform. With this guide, we hope we’ve made the process a little less complicated. Happy browsing on Threads!