Instagram on Google+

Here's one we get asked quite often: How do you share from Instagram to Google+? After all, there's no way to automatically post to Google+ from Instagram like there is to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr. And while that's a shame, it's also indicative of how tightly Google continues to run things with its fledgling social network. And with Facebook having purchased Instagram earlier this year for the paltry sum of $1 billion, it's also something we're not likely to see change anytime soon.

But you can share your pics (and only yours) from Instagram to Google+. It's quite simple, really, even if it's a tad hidden. In fact, you can share Instagram pics to any other app that accepts sharing intents from Android. And it's just one extra step.

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  • Step 1: Take a pic and upload it to Instagram. Easy enough.
  • Step 2: Find your image in your stream. Hit the three dots at the bottom right. (Yes, they're horizontal dots, not vertical dots like most Android menu indications. Go figure.)
  • Step 3: Choose "Share" in the pop-up.
  • Step 4: Choose where to share.
  • Step 5: Post and win!

That's it. Yeah, it's an extra step. (OK, five, we suppose, but whatever.) But it's also the best we've got right now for sharing your Instagram pics to Google+.