Many of us would find it convenient to upload the photos to Instagram from our computers. Windows 10 users have this option, at least if they use a PC with a touchscreen. But the Mac users and those with older versions of Windows can still only rely on their phones.
If you use Google Chrome, there actually is a way of uploading photos to Instagram, and it’s pretty simple. It doesn’t require Lightroom plugins or desktop apps, only a couple of clicks around the Developer Tools. And since I managed to do it – it means it’s as simple as it gets.
First, open the Instagram page. Then, click the three dots in the upper right corner of Google Chrome. When the menu opens, go to More Tools > Developer Tools.
The Developer Tools window will take up your right side of the screen. Here, you’ll see a small icon “Toggle Device Toolbar” in the upper left corner of the window. It looks like small tablet and smartphone, and when you click on it, it will allow you to change your browser’s user agent. From here on, you can post a photo to Instagram.
You can browse your computer for photos and upload the photo you like. You can leave it in square format Instagram offers by default, or make it the original size. If you opt for square, you can grab it and move it around the frame, and also rotate it.
When you click “Next,” you will have the option of giving your photo a caption, and after this, you can click “Share” and post it.
When I open Instagram on my laptop, here’s the photo, it’s the first in the feed:
You can also delete the photo from the PC or Mac if you change your mind:
The only downside of this method is that you can’t access the filters and the editing tools. However, if you use Instagram to post your work, you’ve probably already edited it as you wanted and there’s no need for the filters. For photographers, I believe that the option of choosing the format, giving captions and hashtags to photos are much more important anyway.
The main reason why I haven’t created an Instagram account to display my work is because it’s a waste of time (or I’m just too lazy) to transfer the photos from PC to a mobile device and then upload them to Instagram from there. But this makes things much easier and faster, so I may finally start using Instagram for something more than mobile snapshots of daily life. I hope you’ll find it useful too, and speed up the process of sharing your photos with the audience on Instagram.