You may soon be able to post to Instagram from your browser

May 17, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

You may soon be able to post to Instagram from your browser

May 17, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Ever since I opened an Instagram account, I wished to be able to upload photos from my browser. If you’ve had the same wish – well, it may soon be granted! Instagram seems to be testing the ability to create posts from a browser.

Mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi recently discovered the possibly upcoming feature. He also posted a few screenshots showing what it will look like.

Alessandro notes, however, that the feature still only being tested internally. In other words, none of us can see it tested yet when we open Instagram. Still, I hope that we will soon, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this becomes a globally available feature.

As we all know, Instagram has been primarily a mobile-oriented app ever since it was launched. However, some browser-based features have been revealed over time. In April last year, Instagram made it possible to send direct messages through a browser. Only a few days later, it enabled watching live streams through a browser, too. I’d say that the timing was right since we were all in isolation at the time and some of us prefer using our computers to our phones.

Although some browser-based features have been enabled, using your phone app has remained the only way to create an Instagram post. If you really wanted to use your computer, you could rely on various web apps and extensions. I recently started using BlueStacks to emulate Android on my PC for uploads. But I still prefer my browser for scrolling through posts, writing messages, and watching live videos. It will be awesome if I’m finally able to create posts through it, too.

So, why am I so excited about browser-based Instagram posting? Let’s start with a photographer’s perspective. There are many photographers who use this platform to showcase their work. Most of that work was taken with a dedicated camera (not the one on the phone), processed on a computer using software of choice. Phone-based sharing means that you should get the finished work from the computer to your phone first and only then post it on Instagram. It’s not difficult, but it does slow you down.

I personally still prefer Flickr for showcasing my photographic work (yeah, I know, It’s so 2009). But I use Instagram for a bunch of other stuff: photos of my embroidery, food photos and recipes, and stories that always go hand in hand with photos that illustrate them. And you guessed it right – I take all those photos with my DSLR and process them in Lightroom and Photoshop on my PC. It will be much easier when I’m able to simply drag and drop them through a browser on that same PC.

So, yeah, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for browser-based Instagram posting. I personally will find it super-handy for my creator accounts. I will likely switch to browser completely for those and only use my phone to post cat photos and other personal stuff to my personal account.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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9 responses to “You may soon be able to post to Instagram from your browser”

  1. Camera operator Hong Kong Avatar
    Camera operator Hong Kong

    You could do that since a while.
    Just press F12 after opening Instagram page.
    And select the “phone” icon on top left of the right side inspect page.
    It simulate a phone browser and you can post from there.

    1. MegaNickels Avatar
      MegaNickels

      Wooooooooooooah nice i never knew that. thanks for the heads up!

    2. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      It did work for me for a while, but at one point it stopped working and still doesn’t.

  2. Sylvain Dussans Avatar
    Sylvain Dussans

    It is already possible with a quite simple trick, at least on mac..

  3. Ivan Rebić Avatar
    Ivan Rebić

    Just press F12 in chrome, toggle device toolbar, select a phone on the toolbar and refresh -> MAGIC, you can post from PC :)

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      I know about that trick, it used to work for me (fir a short while), but not anymore. :)

  4. g_discus Avatar
    g_discus

    Now it works with useragent changer

  5. Don Smith Avatar
    Don Smith

    There are more than one Chrome extension to do this now.

  6. Ethan Nenadic Avatar
    Ethan Nenadic

    Well, technically you can use the Facebook business portal or whatever to post to Instagram, it’s a bit more complex to set up but not too bad, there are quite a few tutorials on how to do it.