Instagram artificially restricts users' ability to upload photos and files only exclusively through their official Android or iOS app. This can be really annoying, troublesome and discouraging if you don't like to be artificially restricted to post content only through your mobile phone or a tablet.
Well, there is a simple solution for that.
And after you will read this guide to the end you will be probably really surprised how simple it actually is, and that we will only use our daily web browsers for this task.
Step 1: You will need a web browser
Very unexpected, I know. For this example I will use Opera. As Opera is based on the Chromium Project, the same as the most popular browser - Chrome - this guide will be practically the same like for Chrome. In the end, this guide is universal, because the feature I'm about to show you is currently supported by all the major browsers: Chrome, Opera, Firefox etc. If you use a different browser, don't worry about it, and just read further.
First, log in to Instagram, and then go to your profile. You should see something like this:
No uploading or posting content here is currently possible. Instagram already warns us about this by showing this little ad with links where to download the app:
But, Instagram, we really don't need your app. So let's see if we can fool you a little here, shall we?
Step 2: Launch the built-in Developer Tools
alternatively: Go to Menu -> Developer -> Developer Tools
After opening it, additional docked window will appear - at the right side of the browser is the default. This is how it should look like now:
If you're a little frightened now about all those options - don't worry about it. You can close it at any time using the X button on the right side (or pressing Ctrl+Shift+I again). Now time for Step 3.
Step 3: Click on "Toggle device toolbar"
In this guide we will only need this one option here:
It's called Toggle device toolbar. It has a little icon with a phone and tablet symbols on it.
Click on this little icon now, and you should see something like this [look on the left and top]:
What is it? Well, simply put, it's a device simulator. Built inside the browser. Web developers use this handy tool to view their web pages on different devices, device types and monitors - all on the same PC on which they are creating their web page.
Yes, you guessed it right - we can use this handy tool to fool Instagram we are browsing the page on a mobile device.
But before we do that, there is one additional step to make.
By default, the device toolbar should start with the
Responsive option set. But to be sure, it's better to choose a specific mobile device instead. In this example, I will show you how to choose iPhone 6/7/8. Click on the
Responsive option (with that arrow) in the upper left corner:
iPhone 6/7/8 (or just any other mobile device of your choosing, if you want).
This is how the page should look like after choosing it:
Okay, now a little Inception: we are browsing Instagram on an iPhone on a PC.
But it's not enough.
As you can see, the ad with the text
Start capturing and sharing your moments is still there, preventing us from doing anything else.
So, how to get rid of it? We need another very simple step here.
Step 4: Reload the page (Refresh)
Press F5. Or click on the
That's really it. Now you can start uploading a photo or a file exactly the same way like you were doing it in the app.
Step 5: Upload a photo directly from your PC
Very Important: To start sharing a photo directly from your PC on Instagram, you don't have to touch your monitor!
Just click on one of these two buttons normally with your mouse:
A standard browser window to upload a file will appear.
But warning: To be sure that you will see all your files, set the lower right option to
All Files - I marked this on the screenshot.
Then just navigate to the file of your choosing, select it, and click
(In the future I will create a guide on what optimal file sizes and file types to upload on Instagram to get the best results)
Open you can choose a filter (scroll through the filters by holding your left mouse button and swiping - just like on mobile phones), rotate it or fully zoom out. When you are done, just click on
Next like I've shown here:
After that, you can put a description and Tags to your photo, Tag some people on it or put an Alt text (for describing your photo for people with visual impairments). Putting a description and Tags can be a little troublesome, so better prepare them in Notepad first, and then copy them with Ctrl+C and paste with Ctrl+V after clicking in the appriopriate space for it.
When you're done, you can just click on
Share and your photo will be posted to your timeline, just like here:
And that's it. Really very simple and easy.
If you're done with uploading, just click on this X button in the upper right corner of Developer Tools and reload the page again:
I wished I knew all this before. That's why I made this guide so I can share it now also with other people.
Guide and screenshots created by rezno[R].
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