A question came up in the SVSLearn Forum (Forum.SVSLearn.com) about uploading to Instagram via a computer. I always thought it was only possible via a mobile device, but after a quick search to confirm (“post to instagram from pc”), it appears that this can actually be done via a computer (at least for now). I haven’t tried to post from a computer, but clicking the camera does open a window for me to choose something to upload, so I’m supposing it works. Just not sure if you can add descriptions, tags, etc…
How to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop browser
Most browsers have a way of letting you change the “User Agent” — the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on. So, even when you’re on a laptop or desktop, you can trick a website like Instagram into showing you the mobile site. That’s what we’re going to do.
On Safari, it’s easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”
Now open a private browsing window. Head to Develop > User Agent > Safari — iOS 10 — iPhone. Go to Instagram.com, sign in and click the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo from your desktop.
In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click the page > Inspect > click the Tablet icon (top-left). The page should switch to mobile view, where you’ll find a camera button at the bottom of the screen, which lets you upload a photo from your desktop.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on May 8 and has since been updated. Initial instructions for Chrome were not working for everyone, so we’ve updated the process.