How can we post a photo to Instagram from our computer?

Instagram’s new mobile web app also works on a desktop computer with this trick.

Instagram didn’t officially add the option to desktop browsers.

Many people, shoot photos on a dSLR camera and edit them on their computer before uploading to Instagram. That means having to transfer the finished photo to a phone to publish it on Instagram.

So, how to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop browser

Most browsers have a way of letting you change the “User Agent” — the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on. So, even when you’re on a laptop or desktop, you can trick a website like Instagram into showing you the mobile site. That’s what we’re going to do.


On Safari, it’s easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

  1. Now open a private browsing window.
  2. Head to Develop > User Agent > Safari — iOS 10 — iPhone.
  3. Go to, sign in and click the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo from your desktop.


  1. In Chrome, go to and sign in.
  2. Now right-click the page > Inspect > click the Tablet icon (top-left).
  3. The page should switch to mobile view, where you’ll find a camera button at the bottom of the screen, which lets you upload a photo from your desktop.



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