If you’re wondering how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac, don’t be surprised that it’s not all that straightforward.
This is because officially, there is no way to upload photos on Instagram from your desktop or laptop computer. why? Well, since the app’s early days, Instagram has been a mobile-only experience, because its main attraction is to quickly share photos – so limiting it to devices guaranteed to have a camera makes a lot of sense.
As a result, Instagram on PC or Mac is 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 footage – which is a bit of a pain if you’re trying to run a professional or type account. Someone likes to write incomprehensible 300 words to accompany each picture.
However, there is an alternative solution. You can still post to Instagram from a PC or Mac without the app via a mobile browser, so all you have to do is convince the site that your device is indeed a smartphone. Here’s a quick and easy way to do it that works in Chrome, Edge, Firefox and pretty much any browser you care to name.
Note that since this duplicates the website rather than the app, this does not allow you to post Moments. However, it is better than nothing. Read on to find out how to post to Instagram from your PC or Mac.
How to post to Instagram from PC or Mac
1. Open a browser and head over to Instagram
For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m using Edge, but the process is very similar in whatever browser you choose to use. head for www.instagram.com (Opens in a new tab)You will be greeted by the familiar web interface.
2. Check the page
Right-click anywhere on the page, then click the “Inspect” option. As you can see in the image above, in Edge is the last option on the list. Note that in Firefox it is called “Inspect Element”.
3. Turn on device emulation
A pane will open to the right of the browser showing the page icon. Yes, you’re on a part of the browser that isn’t meant for stealing, but don’t worry – we’re not doing anything too complicated.
Along the top of the second part is a navigation bar. The second icon along – which shows the image of the phone and tablet – is the one we want. If you’re confused, hover over it and an explanation 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. Did it work?
You should now be in mobile mode, shrinking the old browser part to mobile dimensions and displaying the smartphone version of the website 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 will appear along the bottom of the screen. Hit the “Plus” button in the middle and you’ll be away.
6. Choose a photo, edit and publish it
From here, simply select an image from your file explorer (for the purposes of this demo: Ripley the kitten), then edit and apply the filters as you would any other image.
Congratulations: you now know how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac.