Instagram, back in May this year, added the ability to share pics outside it app, through Instagram.com mobile website. The feature was much needed and proved to be a sigh of relief for many users, but photo-sharing platform is still making its users wait to upload pics and clips to their accounts from the PC.
To bypass this and to upload pictures from a PC on Instagram, there are few common ways, including third-party apps, but here we will discuss the two of the easiest ones.
Post on Instagram using mobile version of the web
To upload from a desktop browser, you’ll have to manually select the mobile version of Instagram.com, but because there’s no ‘m.instagram.com’ URL available, that means you will have to do a little trick first.
The solution is relatively easy on Chrome browser. Open Instagram and long-in. Just press Ctrl-Shift-I to bring up the Chrome developer window and then Ctrl-Shift-M to switch to the mobile version of the site. You may then need to resize the windows a little, but you will get what you want – the option to upload from desktop browser.
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While, on the other browsers, such as Safari, Firefox or Edge, you will need to manually change the user agent setting in your browser.
Post on Instagram using browser extension
Perhaps the most easiest and the better method is to install an extension such as User-Agent Switcher for Chrome. Installing the extension allows you to change the user agent setting at will. You can switch to Android, iOS or even Windows Phone, and when you are done uploading on Instagram, you can revert back in just few clicks.
Similar add-ons are available for other browsers as well, such as this one for the Mozilla Firefox.
And for Safari users, they can change their user agent setting by enabling the Develop Menu and then selecting the User Agent option. To display the Develope Menu, follow the following steps:
→ Open Safari’s Preferences by selecting ‘Safari, Preferences’ from the menu.
→ Click the ‘Advanced’ tab.
→ Place a check mark next to ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar.’