Wanted to share something on Instagram, yet you forgot your phone at home? Well, you can still post that memory by just using your laptop. Here’s how:
A few years back, Instagram won’t allow you to post photos on your desktop. However, Instagram now is slowly transitioning to allow access on the desktop. This would pave the way in directly posting memories without the burden of transferring photos. Posting photos through your laptop is not yet a feature yet, but there’s a workaround in doing so and we are going to tackle that here in this article.
The key in doing this method is by letting you change the “user agent”. It is the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on and to make it look like you’re on a unique device. For example, you can tell Chrome to load a webpage as if you’re viewing it on an iOs or Android, giving you the mobile version of the site. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do to trick Instagram.
Here’s how to use Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge to publish Instagram pictures:
- Open Chrome, visit Instagram.com and sign in to your account. Right-click anywhere on the page and then select Inspect (Inspect Element in Firefox) from the list of options.
- Find the small tablet icon in the top-left corner of the Inspector tool. In Firefox, that icon is on the top-right of the inspector tool.
- Click on the icon that looks like an iPad 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 post button, refresh the page and it’ll show up. Once done posting your photo, click on the tablet icon again and close the Inspector tool.
Post Instagram photos from the Safari browser
- Open Safari and click on Safari in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. Next, click on Preferences and then select the Advanced tab.
- At the bottom of the page will be a checkbox labeled
- Show Develop menu in the menu bar: Check it.
- Next, open a new Safari window or tab and go to Instagram.com.
- Click on Develop in the menu bar at the top of your screen, then go to User Agent > Safari — iOS XX — iPhone.
- The “XX” part of that will change based on the current version of iOS, but the gist of the option will remain the same.
- Refresh the tab or window with the Instagram site loaded, and as it reloads you’ll now find a + icon at the bottom of the page.
- Click on the + sign to pick a photo on your Mac and then go through the steps just like you were on your phone, including selecting filters, editing and all of that fun stuff.
Source: CNet, Jason Cipriani