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Instagram »Instagram Widget

The Instagram Widget allows you to display your latest Instagram photos in your site’s sidebar.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, and read below for more examples and settings.

Here’s an example of what it looks like when using the Twenty Twelve theme:

Instagram Widget Example

The number of images and the number of columns is configurable.

Authorizing Instagram Account Access

First, add the Instagram Widget to your site without authorizing it. You can do so by navigating to your Customizer, and selecting the Widgets option. Click Add a Widget, and select the Instagram Widget from the list. At this point, click Save & Publish at the top of your Customizer.

Next, you will want to grant WordPress.com access to the Instagram account that you wish to display images from. You can only display images from an Instagram account that you own or otherwise have access to.

authorize instagram widget

To do so, first log into your Instagram account in another tab in your browser. After logging into Instagram.com, return to the Instagram widget in your Customizer and click Authorize Instagram Access. This step grants WordPress.com access to your Instagram account, so we can retrieve your latest images.

Settings

Your Customizer will then reload, and you can return to the Instagram widget to configure its settings.

image of Instagram Widget's settings

  • Authorized Account: This is the Instagram account that the widget is currently connected to. Click the “remove” link to remove the link and connect the widget to a different Instagram account.
  • Widget Title: The title to be displayed above your images. You can leave this blank if you want.
  • Images: This controls the number of images that will be displayed at once in your sidebar. It will showcase the most recently published images on your Instagram account.
  • Layout: The number of columns to display your images. The higher the number of columns, the smaller the images will be displayed.

When you’re finished, click Save & Publish and then visit your website to see your shiny, new Instagram widget!

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