If you’re wondering how to post to Instagram from a PC or Mac, don’t be surprised that it’s not exactly obvious.
That’s because officially, there is no way to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop or laptop. Why? Well, since the early days of the app, Instagram has been just a mobile experience, because its main draw is sharing photos quickly, so limiting it to devices with a guaranteed camera makes perfect sense.
As a result of this, Instagram on PC or Mac is intended for content consumption, not content creation. There’s nothing stopping you from browsing, liking, and commenting on those devices, but you’ll quickly notice that there’s no button to upload your own snapshots, which is a bit annoying if you’re trying to run a professional account or are from that. type. of a person who inexplicably likes to write 300 words to accompany each image.
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However, there is a solution. You can still post to Instagram from a PC or Mac without the app via the mobile browser, so all you have to do is convince the site that your device is actually a smartphone. Here’s a quick and easy way to do that that works on Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and pretty much any browser you want to name.
Note that as this replicates the website rather than the app, this does not allow you to post moments. Still, it’s better than nothing. Read on to find out how to post to Instagram from a PC or Mac.
How to post on Instagram from PC or Mac
1. Open a browser and go to Instagram
For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using Edge, but the process is very similar in whatever browser I choose to use. Go to www.instagram.com, and you will be greeted by the familiar web interface.
2. Inspect the page
Right-click anywhere on the page and click the option that says “Inspect.” As you can see from the image above, in Edge it’s the last option on the list. Note that in Firefox it is called “Inspect Item”.
3. Enable device emulation
A panel will open on the right side of the browser displaying the code for the page. Yes, you are in a part of the browser that is not designed for Muggles, but don’t worry, we are not doing anything too complex.
At the top of the second panel is a navigation bar. The second icon, the one that shows an image of a phone and a tablet, is the one we want. If in doubt, hover over it and an explainer will appear saying something like “Toggle device emulation” (or “Toggle device toolbar” in Chrome). When you are sure you are on the correct icon, click on it.
4. Has it worked?
You should now be in mobile mode, with the old browser panel reduced to mobile dimensions and the smartphone version of the website displayed instead. But you will notice that there is no upload button, so …
5. Refresh the page
Hit the refresh button on your browser, and the familiar buttons should appear at the bottom of your screen. Hit the “More” button in the middle and you’re done.
6. Choose an image, edit it and publish it.
From here, simply select a photo from the file explorer (for the purposes of this demo: Ripley the kitty), then edit and apply filters just like you would any other image.
Congratulations – now you know how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac.
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