How to post photos to Instagram from desktop using only Chrome, on Windows, Mac, Linux

How to post photos to Instagram from desktop using only Chrome, on Windows, Mac, Linux

by Mihai Neacsu on 9 May 2017 · 443 views

Instagram recently added a new feature for iOS users: the ability to upload a photo using the mobile version of its site. Therefore, using Safari on iPhone or iPad, you can log in to your account at https://www.instagram.com and a new "Photo" button will appear as an option, just like in the regular Instagram mobile app.

Using this new feature, we can open Chrome on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and via its built-in DevTools we can emulate an iOS device and make the new feature visible on desktop as well.

Here's the step by step guide:

1. Download and open Chrome on your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop.

2. Open the Instagram website on Chrome and log in with your account.

3. Open Chrome's DevTools. You can do this in 3 ways:

  • Ctrl+Shift+I on Windows/Linux and Command+Option+I on Mac
  • From Chrome's menu, select Menu > More Tools > Developer tools.
  • Right-click anywhere on the page and select Inspect.

4. At this point we need to simulate an iOS device. Toggle the device toolbar by clicking the top icon shown in the picture below. You can also activate the device toolbar by pressing Ctrl+Shift+M on Windows/Linux or Command+Option+M on Mac.

1 large How to post photos to Instagram from desktop using only Chrome on Windows Mac Linux

5. Select an iPhone or iPad from the list of available devices to emulate.

6. That's it. A new "Photo" button appears and you can start using it.

After you upload a photo, you'll see the regular toggle from square to horizontal or vertical aspect ratio, but there are no editing options or filters. You can enter a caption and that's all there is to it.

Will update if more features will become available. You can leave a comment if you spot any updates to this guide.

By the way, did you know that you can edit on your Android phone the RAW photos you took with a DSLR? Then use those photos on Instagram, of course.

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