Instagram claims that their website is “… designed to help people have a fuller experience on Instagram no matter what device or network they are on”. That said, you still can’t post by default from a browser. If you’re a dSLR photographer, or you have PC-hosted images you would like to share, you’ll have to (until now, anyhow) email or transfer photos to your mobile phone before posting them.
Following is a method you may use to post from your desktop – an almost essential method for most businesses. While there’s an option for most browsers, we’ll deal with just Chrome.
- Navigate to Instagram.com.
- Right clicks and select “Inspect”.
- Click the mobile icon in the developer console.
- Your browser will now emulate a mobile phone and you will have post options available. You’ll have to refresh the page before the mobile buttons (upload etc) will show.
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Unless you have a touch-screen PC your ability to scale and/or resize images is limited.
There are plenty of tools that emulate the behaviour described above. However, this method doesn’t require the installation of plugins or software.