When I started to use Instagram a few years ago, I didn’t really care about what pics I posted – they were mostly personal, taken with my phone. Then I discovered you can use Instagram for your business, show your work and keep in touch with your target audience. I took a lot of photos with my DSLR camera, edited them with Photoshop and wanted to post them to Instagram from my laptop.
I felt disappointed that I couldn’t do it. I looked for a solution and then I read about Instagram’s policy: they don’t really appreciate if someone uses third-party software (like Grambler or Uplet) to post pics, and I didn’t want my account to be flagged or closed, so I emailed these images to myself and shared them from my phone.
And now – after months and months of using Instagram this way – I discovered there’s a way you can fool Instagram and post pics from your laptop. What’s more, it’s soooo easy and it only needs a little tool I use every day for developing websites – a real AHA moment!
Normally, if you access Instagram on your laptop or PC, you get a stripped down version of Instagram that doesn’t let you upload photos.
The method that makes it possible is called user agent spoofing. Most modern browsers have a special developer tool that lets the user check the code of a website or see the mobile version of it (and many other things). Yes! This is what we need. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a developer to use it!
How can you post to Instagram from your laptop, PC or Mac?
What you need is the developer tool’s little trick to see the Instagram webpage as if accessed from a mobile phone. You’ll need to log in to Instagram first.
How can you access the developer tool in the different browsers?
Post to Instagram in Chrome
In Google Chrome press F12 on a Windows computer (or press Shift + CTRL + i), on Mac, open ‘View’ – ‘Developer’ – ‘Developer Tools’.
Look for the little phone and tablet icon and press it. The size of the viewport shrinks to a specific portable device.
You might need to reload the page to see the plus icon at the bottom – and voilá! – you can post pics from your computer!
Post to Instagram in Firefox
In Mozilla Firefox, open the ‘Firefox’ Menu and find ‘Tools’ – ‘Web Developer’ – ‘Responsive Design Mode’ or press Shift + CTRL + M (on Mac CMD+OPT+M).
Post to Instagram in Safari
In Safari, go to ‘Develop’ menu item. (To enable the ‘Develop’ menu item if not enabled, go to: ‘Edit’ – ‘Preferences’ – ‘Advanced’ – ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’.)
Find User Agent and choose Safari – iOS 10 – iPhone.
Post to Instagram in Edge or Explorer
In Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge, press F12. Find the emulation tab and choose a mobile device.
Yes, there are. You can’t upload multiple images to create multi-image posts and can’t tag anyone in the photo.
Still, I like how you can trick Instagram. 🙂