How to use Meta Threads on the web

Threads – Meta’s answer to X (formerly known as Twitter) – is now available on the web. Previously limited to mobile apps, you can now use Threads on your desktop, and in this guide, we’ll show you how to set up your account and navigate the app.


  • What can you do on the Threads website?
  • How to access threads on the network
  • How to use threads on the network
  • FAQ

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Threads website in person yet, let us take you on a tour. We’ll cover how to access it, what features to expect, and how to use the site itself.

What can you do on the Threads website?

You might not be able to do everything on the Threads website that you can do on their mobile app, but you can still do a lot:

  • publish topic
  • view your profile
  • Scroll through threads on your family timeline
  • View individual topics and their responses
  • like a thread
  • search account
  • Follow account
  • repost topic
  • Comment/Reply Topic
  • View your notifications

You can switch between two different viewing modes for the timeline: “For You” and “Following.” For You is full of recommended posts, some of which may not be from accounts you follow. Only posts from accounts you follow are included below.

However, as far as we know, you still can’t do the following on the Threads website:

  • You cannot edit your profile.
  • You cannot quote a thread (quoting a thread is the same as quoting a tweet). When you select the Offer option on the Threads website, it only says “Coming Soon,” so the feature may appear on the desktop site later, but it’s not currently available.
  • You cannot access your account settings.
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How to access threads on the network

You can access Threads on the Web by opening a Web browser on your PC and visiting the Threads website:

If you’ve already set up a Threads account, all you have to do is log in with the username and password of the Instagram account linked to the Threads account you created. Threads accounts can only be created from an existing Instagram account, so an IG username and password are required to log in.

The five main topic icons above the Digital Trends topic introduction page.
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How to use threads on the network

Navigating and using Threads on the web isn’t much different from the mobile experience of the platform, but we’ll cover how to perform basic tasks on the web version.

main icon

Most of the icons you need are at the top of the screen. Here’s how to use them:

  • Home icon: Select this icon to view or refresh your home feed.
  • Magnifying glass: Select this option to search for other accounts to follow or view.
  • Pen and paper icon: This looks like a circle part square with a diagonal line at one corner. Select this option to create a topic post.
  • Heart icon: Select this icon to view your notifications.
  • People Icon: Select this icon to view your own profile.

Browse your thread configuration file

Speaking of your Threads profile, on the web you can choose one of three tabs, your follower count, or the Instagram icon.The three tabs on your profile are called Threads, replyand Forward. These tabs basically divide your posts into three categories: your own posts, your comments on other posts, and your reblogs on other posts. Selecting one of these tabs will allow you to view posts of that type.

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If you select Follower Count, you can view your follower list and the list of people you follow. Finally, if you select the Instagram icon, you can access your Instagram profile.

Home feed and how to interact with other people’s threads

On the home feed page, you have two main features at your disposal: a button to toggle feed viewing mode and a Start Thread… option. As we mentioned before, you can switch viewing modes between “Recommended for you” and “Following” (only posts from people you choose to follow) on your home feed. You can do this by selecting the button in the lower left corner of the screen. The button looks different depending on which mode you have enabled (if you’re in Follow mode, it’ll say “Following”). If you want to switch modes, just select the button.

this Start a thread… Options are another way you can create topic posts.just choose Start a thread… (at the top of the homepage) to open the New Topic screen.

It’s easy to interact with other people’s posts, especially if you’ve used other social media platforms in the past. Here’s how to do it in a number of ways:

  • To view a single topic and its replies: Click on the topic post itself and you will be taken to the page dedicated to that topic post. The page will also display any comments on the post.
  • To like a topic: choose heart icon below the post.
  • To comment/reply to a topic: select speech bubble icon below the post.
  • To repost a topic: select Double arrow icon below the post.
  • Share topic: select Paper airplane icon below the post.

Other features to know

There are some other features you should know about that are on Threads on the web but don’t really fit into the above categories.

If you’d like to follow another account, there are three ways to do so: Hover over their account name and select followthen select plus icon on their profile picture, then select follow Or visit their profile page by selecting their account name, then follow.

If you need to enable or disable Threads’ dark mode on the web or just log out, there’s a menu with options for both. In the upper right corner of the screen, you’ll see a pair of horizontal lines – this is your menu.choose Double horizontal line icon Then from the menu that appears:

  • choose Switch appearance Enable or disable dark mode
  • choose Sign out Log out of a thread on the network
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Two horizontal lines menu on thread with its options.
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What are threads?

Threads is a new social media platform and mobile application launched by Instagram and its parent company Meta. It’s a microblogging platform, which means you can publish small posts called “threads,” which can contain things like photos, text, or links. The platform also allows you to comment on and like other people’s posts.

What does the number of threads on Instagram mean?

If you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you saw a strange button with a number on your Instagram profile (after joining Threads), or you saw it on someone else’s profile. The number button is basically a Threads badge that other users on IG can select to access your Threads profile. The numbers listed above only show when you joined the thread. For example, if the number says “100,” it means you are the 100th person to sign up for Threads.

How to register Threads?

The first step is to sign up for an Instagram account. You cannot register Threads without Threads. The next step is to check out our Threads guide, which includes instructions on how to register Threads. Follow these instructions and you should be good to go.

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