Instagram just launched a web app that allows you to post photos from your smartphone’s browser without having to use the regular app for this purpose. While Instagram still doesn’t have an official solution to let you post to Instagram from your computer’s desktop, that web app can be used for this purpose.
A lot of people take photos using cameras and edit them on a computer. In this case, they would also need to transfer them to their phone and only then upload them via the Instagram app. As a result, the ability to post to Instagram from your computer’s desktop is very useful indeed and also a solution for those who own a computer but don’t own a smartphone (yes, some still prefer the basic and functional feature phones).
How to post to Instagram from your computer’s desktop
So how would this work? It’s pretty simple, actually. You would need to change your web browser’s “User Agent” which tells a website what type of device you are using. This needs to be done in order to make the Instagram web app think you’re coming from a mobile browser, not a desktop one.
Post to Instagram from Chrome’s desktop browser
In Chrome, open an Incognito window, click on the three-dots menu icon and navigate to More Tools -> Developer Tools (or use the Ctrl+Shift+I shortcut). The Developer Tools panel might look intimidating but ignore all that code and click on the icon that looks like a phone and tablet (right next to Elements).
Now you can visit instagram.com, log into your account and click on the camera icon to upload a photo from your computer. You won’t be able to apply filters, but it is possible to crop and rotate the pic.
Post to Instagram from Safari’s desktop browser
On Safari, go to Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced. Check the option called “Show Develop menu in menu bar” found at the bottom of the pane.
To continue, open a private browsing window and navigate to Develop -> User Agent -> Safari -> iOS 10 -> iPhone.
Once the page reloads, visit instagram.com, log in and click on the camera icon to post a photo stored on your computer’s hard drive.