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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 How to Find the Best Instagram Hashtags to Get More Likes and Followers How to Find the Best Instagram Hashtags to Get More Likes and Followers Hashtags are how your photos show up in the "Discover" tab, how other people find pictures, and they lead to more likes. But you probably need some help on using the right hashtags. Read More .

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 4 Easy (and Legit) Ways to Schedule Your Instagram Posts 4 Easy (and Legit) Ways to Schedule Your Instagram Posts When you hear the term "Instagram Scheduling" it means sending you a reminder to post the image. There are a number of reputable apps that offer this function. The top four are detailed below. Read More 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. 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.

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

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

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

    Not working anymore :(

  4. 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.

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

    As far as July 2017 it does work! thanks

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

    Works!!! Thank you,

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

    Use gamblr, that's what I use.