Use This Trick to Post to Instagram With Chrome
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If there’s one thing Instagram has kept a tight grip on, it’s the ability to upload photos to your account. Due to strict restrictions on the API, the only way you can upload photos to Instagram is using the iOS or Android apps.

Until now. Chrome users can take advantage of this little trick that lets you post without a mobile device. All you have to do is switch the browser from desktop to mobile mode.

Step 1

Open up Instagram in your browser and make sure you’re logged in. Go to View > Developer > Developer Tools. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift+ I on PC or Cmd + Alt + I on Mac.

Step 2

Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + M on PC or Cmd + Shift + M on Mac to switch to mobile view. You’re going to have to keep the Developer Tools open to continue to use the mobile interface. Closing it reverts to the desktop version.

You should now have access to the same interface you’re used to seeing on your phone. Click the camera icon to upload any photo from your computer.

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Step 3

After you select your image, you can rotate it and select between the square format or the full width photo (if applicable) and you can rotate the image. This method, however, does not give you access to any of Instagram’s editing tools or filters.

But if you’re uploading the photo directly from your computer, chances are you’e already done some photo editing on your computer. Click the Next button and you can type in a caption, complete with all your favorite Instagram hashtags.

Final Thoughts

This method obviously won’t appeal to all. If Instagram filters are a part of your editing routine, you’re going to have to stick to the app, or opt for a scheduling service like Buffer that lets you upload the photo and type in a caption on your computer, but the actual posting (and access to filters) happens on your phone.

But if you tend to take photos with your camera, edit them on your computer, and then send them to your phone for uploading, this new method will be much easier.

Did you find this helpful? Know of any other cool Instagram tips? Let us know below!

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  1. Rachel L
    December 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I tried it on my windows computer and it didnt work... help!

  2. Haya
    November 25, 2017 at 8:56 am

    is it really safe?? i mean can mac adress can be hacked if u post three times on instagram using this tech??

  3. Wanda
    November 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Not anymore. As of today I could no longer do that. Instagram must have changed it.

  4. Maurice
    November 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Here is my process... works every time:

    - Open Chrome
    - Go to Instagram.com
    - Log into your Instagram account, if not already logged in
    - On a Mac, go to VIEW > DEVELOPER > DEVELOPER TOOLS
    - Refresh the browser window

    Your icons appear at the bottom of the Instagram window - works just like the mobile version. You can upload, etc.

    Tested again today... 11/6/2017

    On Safari Mac:

    - Open Safari
    - Go to Instagram.com
    - Log into your Instagram account, if not already logged in
    - Go to DEVELOP > ENTER RESPONSIVE DESIGN MODE
    - Refresh the browser window

    Your icons appear at the bottom of the Instagram window - works just like the mobile version. You can upload, etc.

    Tested again today... 11/6/2017

    On Firefox Mac:

    - Open Firefox
    - Go to Instagram.com
    - Log into your Instagram account, if not already logged in
    - Go to TOOLS > WEB DEVELOPER > RESPONSIVE DESIGN MODE
    - At the top of the small inset window, select a device to emulate - like iPhone
    - Refresh the browser window

    Your icons appear at the bottom of the Instagram window - works just like the mobile version. You can upload, etc.

    Tested again today... 11/6/2017

    • Drift_Wood
      November 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Worked great

    • Rachmad Igen
      November 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      it works .. thanks

  5. pat
    November 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This DID NOT WORK

    • Nancy
      November 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      It seems a new step is required - if you just refresh the page after hitting Ctrl-Shift-M, you should see the camera icon.

      • Pat
        November 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

        This answer was posted before. I tried it. Refreshing DOES NOT solve the problem

        • Maurice
          November 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm

          I just posted the exact steps for the top 3 browsers. Try those steps

  6. numerounity
    November 1, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Hi
    I am unable to see the camera icon..I used to use this tool earlier but it is not working anymore on MAC

    • Nancy
      November 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Did you try refreshing after hitting Ctrl-shift-m?

  7. Maurice
    October 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    After Step 1 please tell people to hit "REFRESH" on the browser. When the window in Chrome updates, you will see the upload buttons

    • Nancy
      November 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for the heads up - that didn’t seem to be the case earlier.

  8. Randy Warner
    October 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    It worked the first couple times but now, no matter what I do I cannot get the camera icon to show up on Chrome. Now what?

    • Shel
      October 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Same for me. I got it to work once but now the tool bar with camera no longer appears.

      • ROB ELINGS
        October 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Hit refresh after Step 1.

  9. Mo Winter
    September 28, 2017 at 1:14 am

    i don't get the command bar either in developer mode - mobile view.

  10. Roy Herman
    July 29, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Not working anymore :(

  11. Fabio Peruzzo
    July 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    It works but I think that post doesn't have the same feature than a post created by phone. Even if post has hashtag, different from similar post, I cannot receive any likes or comments. I have tested and same post made by phone obtains likes.

  12. Rodrigo
    July 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    As far as July 2017 it does work! thanks

  13. Moses
    June 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Works!!! Thank you,

  14. Gui
    May 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Use gamblr, that's what I use.