Uploading Photos on Instagram from a pc

Uploading Photos on Instagram from a pc

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Disclaimer: All the pictures in this blog post are my own. Please do not copy them. 

Have you struggled with uploading photos on Instagram?

Instagram is now an integral part of a bloggers social media strategy. Even if you are not a blogger but a fashion designer, a food enthusiast or artist, this is your go-to place to post awesome pictures for your venture.

I usually use the Instagram app on my mobile phone for posting most of my pictures, but recently I discovered easier ways of posting photos via my Laptop/Desktop.

I am sure right now you are in awe! You read it right. In fact, you too can now use your Laptop/Desktop to post pictures. It gets challenging to write captions and adding hashtags to your photos. This led me to my discovery of alternate methods of posting on Instagram.

There are several other Apps/Websites that you can use to schedule your Instagram posts; this post is more about uploading posts on the go. I have used these options in Chrome and Firefox. The experiences on Microsoft Edge was not as good as the other two browsers. If you have used these hacks on Safari, do let me know your experience in the comments section.

Now you can Upload photos on Instagram from your Laptop/Mac/Desktop Click To Tweet

Using Mobile Simulator Extension 

Now, how is this helpful to you to upload your photos? Worry not, read further to know more…

Nerd Alert !!!!

To test multiple devices at the same time and to know how the design fairs across various device types you can use the mobile simulator extension. This extension is used by Web Designers and Developers to test their web pages against popular mobile and tablet devices by emulating the user agent and screen.

How to use a simulator in Firefox for Instagram Photos? 

  1. Open the Instagram page in your browser. You may need to login to your Instagram account.
  2. As you log into Instagram, you would see your latest feed. Click on the profile icon you should able to see you profile as depicted in the image below.
  3. Now to access the Developer Tools on Chrome, Select the hamburger menu at the top-right of your browser window, then select Developer. You would see many options, don’t get bogged down by that, just go and click on Web Console.
  4. You should see the developer tool console open up below. Click on the button as shown in the image below.
  5. This should now change the view of your Instagram profile into a mobile view. To upload pictures using firefox you need to select the device type from the menu (there is no option to add a custom device type), as depicted in the below image.
  6. Choose the mobile layout based on the mobile device you currently use.
  7. Right below you should see options to access your Home, Search, Upload Photos/Videos, Notifications, and Profile Edit Icon.
  8. Click on the icon highlighted in the above Image to add your photo.
  9. Choose your picture from your local storage, click on next and add caption/description for your photo.

How to use a simulator in chrome for Instagram Photos?

Method 1:

  1. Click on this link to grab this Mobile Browser Simulator. Click on Add to Chrome. 
  2. A window will pop up asking if you would like to add the extension. Click on Add Extension.
  3. Now how do you know if the extension has been successfully added to chrome? Very Simple Locate this M in red color, just as you see in the image below.
  4. Open the Instagram page in your browser. You may need to login to your Instagram account. 
  5. As you log into Instagram, you would see your latest feed. Click on the profile icon you should able to see you profile as depicted in the image similar to the one in Firefox tutorial.
  6. Click on M that you located in step 3 from the menu bar. You will notice a drop-down menu with four different dimensions. Choose the mobile layout based on the mobile device you currently use. I have chosen 320X568.
  7. You should be able to view the web page simulate your Instagram app in a new window.
  8. Right below you should see options to access your Home, Search, Upload Photos/Videos, Notifications, and Profile Edit Icon.
  9. Click on the icon highlighted in the above Image to add your photo.
  10. Choose your picture from your local storage, click on next and add caption/description for your photo. It also lets you add hashtags.Guess what it is smart enough also to show you the recent hashtags you have used as you start to type.

Note: The session of your Instagram page may time out, and you may have to log in again to upload your image, this can be used for any other application. This Simulator is only available in Chrome as of now. I have not found one for Firefox or Safari.

There is a third-party tool named browser stack that provides a simulator for all browsers. I personally have not used it hence would not be able to provide a feedback on the same.

Method 2:

For this follow the steps until Step 3 from Tina Basu’s Blog as the steps further to that are a different with the latest updates

  1. After completing step 3 from Tina’s blog. Click on the refresh button of your web browser (do not miss this step), and you should be able to view the web page simulate your Instagram app.
  2. Right below you should see options to access your Home, Search, Upload Photos/Videos, Notifications, and Profile Edit Icon.
  3. Click on the icon highlighted in the image that was used for the Firefox Steps.
  4. Choose your picture from your local storage, click on next and add caption/description for your photo. It also lets you add hashtags.
    Guess what it is smart enough also to show you the recent hashtags you have used as you start to type.
  5. Now that you have the image added, you can click on this drop-down menu here and see how the look and feel of the picture are based on your mobile device.

If I were to recommend the ones that I use, I would go for directly using the developer tools. If you use Post Scheduling apps, those are great as well. I currently do not use any. If I use one, I will sure put a quick review and tutorial on that.

Let me know in the comments section if you liked this post and what apps/websites you use.

Additionally, If you would like some quick tips on blogging read this blog post, 10 Things to do when you write a blog post.



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