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 Paluzzi (@alex193a) May 14, 2021
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.
[via Mac Rumors]