How to upload to Instagram using your computer

It takes just 30 seconds to enable desktop uploads

How to upload to Instagram using your computer

It takes just 30 seconds to enable desktop uploads

If you're anything like me, you're often creating or editing your images on your computer, exporting the images to your cloud storage and then downloading the images to your phone to then upload to Instagram. It's a bit long-winded.

But now Instagram have started to roll out browser uploads. And while it's currently only officially supported by mobile browsers, a tiny little hack will allow your desktop Chrome browser to gain the new upload features. Here's how to enable the feature on Chrome for Windows or MacOS.

  1. Head over to the Chrome web store and download the free User-Agent Switcher extension.
  2. Visit instagram.com and log in.
  3. In the top-right corner of your Chrome window, locate the User-Agent Switcher. Its icon is a piece of paper wearing a mask. Click on it and select Android > Android KitKat.
  4. Refresh Instagram.
  5. You'll notice the new toolbar floating at the bottom of the page. In the centre, you'll see a button to add a new photo. Click on it and navigate to the image on your computer to upload it to your Instagram profile.

While this is a great start, it's not as fleshed out as the Instagram app. For starters, there's no filters and no way to edit your image beside rotating it, which may or may not be a problem depending on your editing process. Regardless, it's a welcome addition and surely a feature that they'll build upon over time.