Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms, whether you're following your loved ones or simply wanting to be surprised by breathtaking snapshots.
There's a lot to like about the platform, but one of the biggest disappointments is how difficult it is to upload photos to your PC on Instagram. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to accomplish this without relying on questionable third-party apps.
. 1 Using Your Browser's Developer Mode
Probably the best way to upload photos on Instagram for PC is to use the developer mode of your browser. It's my favorite solution because it's relatively simple for the average consumer and does not require downloads.
You must first sign in to your Instagram account on your PC and then enter the developer mode of your browser. Google Chrome users can simply press F12 to enter this mode (or go to the three-point menu > More Tools> Developer Tools ).
Do not use Chrome? Firefox users can access this option via the menu with three lines / hamburger> web developer> switching tools . Firefox users should also tap the icon that looks like a smartphone and a tablet on the right side of the window (near the X to close the window). Opera users can enable developer options via menu> developer> developer tools . Microsoft Edge users? You can activate the mode by pressing F12 and then selecting Emulation with the down arrow (you will find a better idea in this screenshot). From here, change the category for the device to a Lumia smartphone.
Once you've enabled the developer mode / tools, your browser window should be formatted for a mobile device. In addition, Instagram should now look like the mobile app – this is actually the progressive web app. You should also see the familiar plus sign and the profile symbol (along with the Start, Search, Activity, and Profile icons) in a dock at the bottom of the page.
Press the plus sign and This will open the default Windows File Explorer, where you can select an image or video from your PC that you want to upload to Instagram. You may not always see the plus sign and other icons after entering Developer mode. However, re-loading the site is usually sufficient. You still do not see the plus sign? Then try switching your user agent from "responsive" to a different smartphone. This option should appear in most browsers above the Instagram window, but below the address bar (see above).
. 2 Use BlueStacks Android Emulator
Another reliable way to upload photos to Instagram on the PC is to use an Android emulator. An Android emulator is a program that allows you to run Android apps on the PC. So we're running the actual Instagram Android app on your desktop.
BlueStacks is one of the most popular Android emulators on the market. d recommend that you download this emulator for your PC. Once you've installed it, you'll need to download the Instagram app to your PC. Fortunately, BlueStacks has instant access to the Play Store, so you can install Instagram as if you were downloading it to your phone.
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After installing Instagram, open it from the BlueStacks Start menu and enter your credentials. From here, it's an identical way to upload photos to your smartphone, but with the Windows File Explorer and not the gallery app on your phone.
At first, I had problems getting Instagram to run through this method. At startup, only a white screen will appear App. An editor found that you need to download an older version of the app ( APKMirror is your best bet), and that actually solved the problem for me.
. 3 Using the Windows 10 App
Instagram also offers a Windows 10 app through the Windows Store, which seems pretty solid at first glance. However, users of a traditional desktop or laptop will be disappointed if they hear that the upload functionality is completely missing in the app.
Unfortunately, the company in Facebook has restricted uploading to Windows 10 devices with touchscreens (eg tablets and convertibles). It's all pretty silly, especially as many people first save their photos on the PC or edit them on the larger screen.
. However, not all is lost because the app's upload feature (regardless of the screen) can be found and used) by searching for Instagram in the Windows 10 search bar next to the Start / Windows button. Just look for Instagram in the search bar and you should see a few app shortcuts. Then select New Post to open a very rudimentary file selection. This does not enable Windows File Explorer because it only contains a few folders (such as pictures, downloads, saved pictures, camera rolls), but it is far better than nothing.
The new post is not displayed Functionality when searching for Instagram in the search bar? Then right-click on the app and select Pin to Taskbar to attach it to your taskbar. Now right-click on the attached Instagram icon and you should see new post . Click on it and you should see the file selection above, which you can use to start the upload process.