Use This Trick to Post to Instagram With Chrome

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While you can browse Instagram on your desktop or laptop, the website doesn’t offer a way to upload photos to Instagram. Because Instagram is a mobile-focused service, it wants you to upload your photos through the mobile apps.

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However, there is a workaround which lets you post to Instagram with Chrome. Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Visit Instagram and Open Developer Tools

To start, open Instagram.com in Google Chrome and make sure you’re logged into your account. Right-click anywhere on the page and choose Inspect to open the Developer Tools panel. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift+ I on Windows or Cmd + Option + I on a Mac.

This will open a panel on the right-side with a bunch of HTML and other page details. But you don’t need to worry about any of that.

Chrome Inspect

Step 2: Switch to Mobile View

In the top-left corner of the new Developer Tools window, you’ll see an icon that looks like a phone next to a tablet. Click on this to switch to mobile view—you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + M on a PC or Cmd + Shift + M on a Mac.

Chrome Toggle Mobile View

This mode tells the website that you’re using a mobile device. You’ll thus see the interface switch to something that’s a lot like you’re used to seeing on Android or iOS. Keep the Developer Tools open to continue to use the mobile interface, as closing it reverts to the desktop version.

Step 3: Upload Your Photo to Instagram

At the bottom of the screen, you should see the various icons for Instagram’s different tabs. If you don’t see this row of icons, refresh the page and it should appear. Click the Plus icon to upload any photo from your computer using File Explorer or Finder.

Chrome Instagram Post

By default, Instagram only lets you upload a few image types, including JPEG. If you want to upload a PNG or something else, you’ll need to make a small change first.

On Windows, click the Custom Files box in the bottom-right corner of File Explorer and change it to All Files. If you’re on a Mac, click the Options button at the bottom-left of Finder and change the Format box from Custom Files to All Files.

Mac Change Uploaded File Type

Step 4: Edit Your Image

After you select your image, you have some options on the Edit tab. You can drag it around to to frame it as you wish. Use the Rotate button to spin it 90 degrees at a time. Click the full-size button in the bottom-left to toggle between the full width or a square size.

Swap to the Filter tab at the bottom of the screen to apply one of Instagram’s many filters. As you’ll notice, you don’t have access to all of Instagram’s editing tools using this method. We recommend using a photo editing app on your computer to make any adjustments before uploading your photos to Instagram.

Instagram Chrome Edit Photo

From here, click the Next button and you can enter a caption, set the photo’s location, and tag people if you want. Then you’re all set to post your photo.

Alternative Option: Use the Windows 10 Desktop App

Instagram offers an official Windows 10 app on the Microsoft Store. It’s essentially a barebones port of the mobile app, so it works in the same way as the above process. If you post to Instagram often and don’t want to use the trick in Chrome every time, give the Windows 10 app a try instead.

Download: Instagram for Windows 10 (Free)

How to Post to Instagram From Your PC or Mac

This trick isn’t perfect, but it’s a handy way to post to Instagram from any desktop device. It’s great if you prefer to edit photos on your computer instead of doing so on your phone.

For more methods, here’s how to post to Instagram from your computer How to Post on Instagram From Your PC or Mac How to Post on Instagram From Your PC or Mac Do you need to post on Instagram using your PC or Mac? Here are the best ways to post on Instagram using your computer. Read More .

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  1. Amitha
    November 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you very much for this Article. It's really Helpful. Thank you very much again.

  2. Penny
    November 19, 2019 at 12:40 am

    After using this option, the posts from people I started following don't show in my feed. Older posts are still there but the new posts don't show. I'm certain it's only for people I started following after activating this 'mobile' option. Even if I log in on my phone, I still can't see any of their posts. Can anyone help please? Has something been set somewhere that I need to unset?

  3. Mary
    August 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I used this often - recently I cannot use it as I cannot see the posting tools on the bottom of the Instagram anymore.
    The house, magnifying glass, "+" and heart have all disappeared...?

    Any thoughts on how to fix?

  4. Adam Wilfer
    June 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Well, this method still works in 2019 and I think it will keep working until the life of earth ends or Instagram gets shut down. :P

    Thanks for this quick trick, but I am really frustrated because I can't find a way to UPLOAD VIDEOS on Instagram from Windows PC. Tried many apps like Gamblr, Ramme, Winsta (windows app) but none of them have this feature.

    It will be really helpful if you can provide a solution to this. I really don't want to use Android emulators to upload videos on Instagram, they sucks.

    Regards

  5. Sim
    January 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    This has been working a charm for the last few months up until now. For some reason it hasn't been posting the comments along with the actual image. Spent time crafting all the hashtags etc then 'shared' it only to see that only the image was uploaded. Tried several times after and still the same...

  6. Lucas
    January 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    This still working just refresh your page after in developer mode. One downside is you get a drastic image quality drop(blurry/low resolution). The best way for better image quality still using the app

    • Me
      May 13, 2019 at 2:40 am

      Thank you for this tip. Should have been obvious to me but I guess I was just too frustrated.

  7. Ian
    January 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    This no longer works using the latest version of Chrome on Windows 10 :( The bottom icons, including that to upload a new picture, have ceased being visible.

    • Mary
      August 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      same problem for me too :(

  8. Wayne R
    January 3, 2019 at 4:24 am

    2011 Macbook Pro 15", Chrome Version 71.0.3578.98
    Did not work fully, the viewer became mobile and acted properly minus the fact that but I was not able to upload. The camera bottom was not recognized as a choice.

  9. Clarence Morey III
    September 6, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    did not work. I see a smaller version of what I usually see on my desktop when choosing mobile view.

  10. Joy Yang
    August 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you so much, this worked very well for me.

  11. Marilyn Anne Jensen
    August 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Does not work for me on my pc
    as of 8/1/18

  12. wtstsgalor
    June 24, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I have so far tried 6 different sites giving 6 different instructions on how to do this, and not one of them works for me. Yes, I have the "inspect" page open, but clicking the icon on the right, although it gives me a "dot" cursor, does not make the toolbar appear at the bottom of the page. I can see a feed of my earlier posts, but can't upload anything. Neither does ctrl+shift+m do what you say it does; it brings up a little window asking if I want to manage people or close all windows. Why can't I do this? Any help? Please?

  13. Kaatje
    May 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Clearest and most concise explanation online! Very easy to follow. Thank you!

  14. Trevor
    March 13, 2018 at 3:47 am

    This was awesome until today :( it appears that Instagram has update the interface and now i can if a way to post on my desktop using this method. Am I missing something?

  15. Ronnie Sue
    January 4, 2018 at 7:08 am

    thanks so much for a simple and easy to use work-around... is there a way to ADD hashtags AFTER you post? i would like to modify some of my posts and cant see a way to do it. thanks

  16. Susan
    December 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I used this on a MAC today. I just had to switch to the mobile view using the little icon on the top left of the developer tool window. The rest worked like a charm.
    Thank you for your tips.

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

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

  18. 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??

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

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

  20. 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

    • OldWinters
      January 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Tried it today, 5 January 2018, on Chrome & Mac and it works like a charm. Refreshing the browser is key. Thanks.

    • yass
      January 20, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      yes, it worked! thanks, boss!

    • Mary K. McIntyre
      August 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      THANK YOU! This is the first iteration of these instructions that has worked for me. (FWIW, the Command+Option+M just got me a window for autosyncing Chrome across devices).

      Works on Chrome, as of 2018 08 23.

      Cheers!

    • Mary
      August 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      YES!
      Thank you
      It was the REFRESH!!!!!
      ♥♥♥

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

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

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

    Not working anymore :(

  27. 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.

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

    As far as July 2017 it does work! thanks

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

    Works!!! Thank you,

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

    Use gamblr, that's what I use.