Instagram is a popular social media network for sharing photos, commonly accessed through a mobile app. Unlike other social networks, however, it does not have a desktop version.
This poses a problem for a lot of users who want to access features from their desktop computer. For example, let’s say you’re a social media manager for a prominent brand. The last thing you want to do is have an absentminded mishap where you accidentally post brand content to your personal Instagram account (or, worse, vice versa) simply because you’re logged into both on your phone.
Alternatively, it might be easier to upload company posts and videos via your desktop, rather than having your smartphone open at work.
Plus, your company’s files might be more easily accessible via desktop than mobile. For instance, if you use Photoshop to edit company photos, it’s likely easier to click “Upload” from your desktop when you’re done editing, rather than sending that same photo or video to your personal phone.
Perhaps you simply prefer the larger screen of desktop. Or, maybe you don’t have access to a smartphone so you can’t download the app on your phone.
For all of these reasons, you might be wondering, “Can I post to Instagram from my computer?” We have some good news — there’s a solution for you. Let’s dive into that, next.
How to Use Instagram on a PC
While Instagram offers a desktop version, the social platform is primarily meant to be consumed in-app, which means some features can be a little trickier from your computer. However, it’s absolutely possible to post to Instagram from your computer by having your browser emulate a mobile device view.
In other words — Yes, you can post to Instagram from your PC or Mac desktop instead of on your mobile device’s app or browser. In this post, we’ll explore how you can post images and videos from your desktop computer.
How do I post to Instagram from my computer? [PC and Mac]
Whether you’re on a Mac or a PC, you can use workarounds to post from your desktop computer. Depending on the browser you use, the instructions will vary. Below, we’ll discuss how to do it on:
Once we discuss these workarounds for posting photos, we’ll also discuss how to upload a video to Instagram from your desktop.
1. Navigate to Instagram’s website in your Chrome browser.
The first thing you’ll want to do is open up Google Chrome and navigate to https://www.instagram.com/ by typing it into the navigation bar.
2. Open the “Settings” menu by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of the browser.
Up in the top menu on the far right side, you’ll find three vertical dots. Once you click these, a drop-down menu will open up.
3. Scroll down to “More Tools” in the drop-down menu, and then click “Developer Tools”.
Developer Tools gives you access to a menu that opens up in a panel on the right side of your window. This will give you advanced control over how your browser displays content, helping you post to Instagram from desktop using Chrome.
4. Click the “Toggle Device Toolbar” mobile button.
On the top left corner of the new panel, you’ll see an icon with two squares that represent a tablet and a mobile device. Clicking it will reveal the Device Toolbar that gives you advanced control over your browser.
5. Choose which mobile device you’d like from the drop-down menu.
In the Device Toolbar, you’ll see another drop-down menu with a list of mobile devices. Selecting one will tell the browser to emulate how a website looks on that particular device you selected.
Choose which mobile device you’d like on the drop-down menu, as well as how zoomed in you want to be.
6. Refresh the page to see the mobile interface of Instagram from your browser.
You should then be able to able to use Instagram straight from the emulation or even close the panel on the right side while retaining this “mobile view.”
7. Upload an Instagram post the same way you would via mobile.
You can upload a Instagram post the same way you would via mobile:
1. Click the “+” button.
2. Add filters.
Choose filters or other editing features like you would normally, then click Next in the top right of your screen:
4. Add captions, locations, and tags.
On the next screen, you’ll be able to add a caption, location, or tag people. When you’re ready, click Share in the top right of your screen.
Using Instagram Like the Pro You Are
Now that you don’t have to worry about transferring photos to your mobile device or juggling your work’s social media account on your own device, you’ll be able to grow on Instagram efficiently and effectively. From there, the sky is the limit for creating posts and growing your audience in a scalable way.
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