I’ll admit, I have a better understanding of why people love Instagram these days. Since starting my Motivating Marty efforts, I’ve realised that different social media sites suit different types of posts. What I don’t understand, is why I couldn’t post to Instagram on desktop, until now. Today, Instagram launched a new mobile site which actually benefits desktop users more than anyone.

Instagram launches a mobile site

The big launch today was an Instagram mobile site. Considering Instagram has risen to power as an app, a mobile site was never really a priority. It’s still a strange move as the app is the most efficient way to most people to enjoy Instagram, but there are some incompatible smartphones and tablets. While these users will benefit from the new mobile site, it’s left the door open for one feature Instagrammers have been crying out for.

How to post to Instagram on desktop

To be crystal clear, Instagram hasn’t suddenly opened up the flood gates for you to post from desktop. There is, however, a fairly tidy hack that will let you access the mobile site to achieve the same goal.

Step one: Head on over to Instagram

On your desktop, or much more likely your laptop, head on over to the Instagram website and log in to your account. This site has always been here, letting you like and comment on existing posts.

Step two: Open developer tools

For this part, I’m assuming you’re using Google Chrome. In Chrome, on the Instagram website, you’ll need to launch developer tools. To launch developer tools, press CTRL+Shift+I (Cmd + Shift + C on Mac) together.

Step three: Access mobile options

post to instagram on desktop with developer toolsDeveloper tools has a great feature which lets you view any website as if it were on a smartphone. Don’t let all the code and stuff put you off. You’re just looking for the conveniently circled mobile devices option above.

Step 4: Turn your browser into an iPhone

making your browser look like mobile

Next, at the top of the screen (where that lovely red rectangle is) you’ll likely see the word responsive. Click this and change it to one of the smartphone options, such as the iPhone 6.

Step 5: Now, you can post to Instagram on desktop

That’s it. You should now be greeted with a screen in your browser exactly like you would using the Instagram app.

What can’t you do with this hack?

We put together a video to promote this article on Instagram and then discovered you can’t post videos using this method. You all lose access to the glorious filters of Instagram, but still, it should save you some time for general posting.

Don’t be afraid to give that a lash. It’s even easier that it seems to now post to Instagram on desktop. If you have any questions about doing this in a different browser, drop us a comment below or a message on Facebook.

  • Colin Pett

    Thanks for this Martin… do these instructions apply to Mac’s? I can’t seem to get the developers tool open….

    • Miriam Armingeon

      I have the very same problem. How do I get to the developers tool on Mac.

    • Martin Pea Meany

      Hey @colinpett:disqus and @miriamarmingeon:disqus – unfortunately, I don’t have a Mac myself to test this out, but try Cmd + Shift + C

    • Tanto

      Have the same problem here, I’ve tried using Mac developers tool and the post button doesn’t appear.
      Is this only for Windows?
      Thanks

      • Martin Pea Meany

        I don’t have a way of testing Mac unfortunately, but I’ve been told it works on both. Definitely working on Windows.

  • Charlene Kasulis Lombardo

    Hi! I love this tip. However, I can’t seem to upload video from my laptop to IG. Is this only for pics?

    • Martin Pea Meany

      Hey @charlenekasulislombardo:disqus – yes, only noticed that last night along with no filters apparently? We’re going to update the article with this.

  • Anim8me2

    It would seem Instagram has blocked this workaround as the post button doesn’t appear on either Mac or Windows.