Instagram still does not provide an official way to send photos from your computer to the social network. That's fine, because is still possible ! Once you master the process, you will be glad.on your computer and then syncing with your phone is an unnecessary and time-consuming step that simply is not required.
Whether you've taken a picture with a fancy camera or found an old photo on a hard drive, the workaround makes it possible to quickly post to Instagram.
Uploading from a Desktop Browser
For most browsers, you can change the "User Agent". This is the process of telling a website which device you are on. Even if you're on a laptop or desktop, you can get a website like Instagram to show you the mobile website. We will do that.
It's easy on Safari. Go to Safari > Settings > Advanced . Check the box at the bottom where Show Development Menu in Menu Bar is displayed. Now open a new Safari window or tab and click Develop > User Agent > Safari – iOS 12.1.3 – iPhone in the menu bar.
Next, go to Instagram.com and sign in to your account. The symbol + is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Tap it and select a photo from your computer that you want to upload. After the photo has been uploaded, you can continue to apply filters and edit the photo as in the Instagram app.
When you're done, make sure to reset your user agent to the Default setting to avoid showing all websites in their mobile state.
Go to Instagram.com in Chrome and sign in. Now right-click anywhere on the page and select Inspect from the list of options . Part of the site is covered with the Inspector tool, but the small icon of a tablet and a phone is really important to us. It is located in the upper left corner of the Inspector window – click on it. The page is updated with a mobile view. The symbol + to create a post should be displayed at the bottom of the window. If not, refresh the page.
When you're done, click the Tablet / Phone icon again. Close the Inspector tool and refresh the Web site to return to the desktop version.
Originally posted on May 8, 2017.
Update dated April 9, 2019: Updated with new screenshots and new information.