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How to post to Instagram from any computer



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Posting to Insta from your computer is very simple.


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Instagram recently made it possible to send and receive direct messages from your computer, which is a big step forward for a photo sharing service best known for its use on your phone. And while chatting with your Insta friends with a real keyboard is certainly more convenient, wouldn't it be nice if Instagram also made it easy to post photos right from your computer?

Want to know a secret? You can already do this. It's not an official feature, but rather a workaround to get your carefully crafted food photos straight from your Mac or PC to the social network. The process takes a bit of effort to set up, but once you do it's just as easy.

You can't use this trick to post videos, but hey, it's better than nothing.

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Yes, you can even edit and apply filters from your computer.


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How It Works

In most web browsers, you can change the "user agent", the thing that tells a website what device you're working on, to make it look like you're on another device. For example, you can tell Chrome to load a webpage as if you were viewing it on an iPhone ($ 699 at Apple) or Android which gives you the mobile version of the site. And that's exactly what we're going to do to trick Instagram.

Following are the steps you need to follow to post from Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari browsers.

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Use Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge to Publish Instagram Photos

These steps can be used to post to Insta from Chrome, Firefox and the new Microsoft Edge browser. I use Chrome as the example below, but the process is almost identical for all three browsers.

Open Chrome, go to Instagram.com and log in to your account. Right-click anywhere on the page and then select Inspect (Inspect Element in Firefox) from the list of options.

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Uploading photos to Instagram from Chrome takes just a few clicks.


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A window with random text appears at the bottom of the page. All we care about is the little tablet icon in the top left corner of the Inspector tool. In Firefox, that icon is in the top right corner of the inspection tool.

Click the icon that looks like an iPad ($ 419 on eBay) with an iPhone next to it. The Instagram interface should refresh, giving you the mobile website complete with the + button to create a post.

If you don't have the message button, refresh the page and it will appear. At least that worked for me.

When you have finished placing your photo, click the tablet icon again and close the Inspector tool.

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Find the option to enable development options in Preferences on the Advanced tab.


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Post Instagram Photos from the Safari Browser

Open Safari and click Safari in the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen. Then click Preferences and then select the tab Advanced .

At the bottom of the page, there is a check box labeled Show Develop menu in the menu bar : Check it.

Then open a new Safari window or tab and go to Instagram.com. It's going to be the regular Instagram site, but that's about to change. Click Develop in the menu bar at the top of your screen, then go to User Agent > Safari – iOS XX – iPhone . The "XX" part of it will change based on the current version of iOS, but the core of the option remains the same.

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Click on the icon + to select your photo.


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Refresh the tab or window with the loaded Instagram site and while reloading you will now find a + icon at the bottom of the page. Click the board + to choose a photo on your Mac and then go through the steps as you were on your phone, including selecting filters, editing and all that fun stuff.

When you're done, make sure to reset your user agent to the Default setting to prevent all websites from being viewed in their mobile state.

Pretty simple, right? And now that you know how to quickly switch between the desktop and mobile versions of Instagram's website, you can effortlessly post photos without waiting for edits you make on your computer to sync with your phone.

If you are tired of your PC running slow, chances are you can repair it yourself with a little effort . The same goes for Mac. We also have a guide to some hidden Mac features that are just plain fun.

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Once you have mastered the process, you can post with just a few mouse clicks.


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