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How to post to Instagram from your desktop using Google Chrome
Recently I've been messing around with social media marketing (SMM) and thought,"Can I post to Instagram from my laptop?" and when I logged into Instagram, I noticed it wasn't an option. This is where my brain started kicking into high gear and trying to think of all the automated ways I can do this.
There are plenty of services out there that will automate your posting abilities, help share to multiple platforms, but I didn't come across any I liked that helped me post directly from my laptop to my account. While searching the internet I came across a video that explains a simple little trick using Google Chrome to post on Instagram, and that's what this is all about
Open Your Chrome Browser
This little trick doesn't work with Firefox, I've tried, so stick with Google Chrome and you'll be set for this method.
Go to Instagram.com
This is the obvious part of the discussion but I need to put it here in case anyone may have forgotten lol. You have to log into your Instagram account and look at your profile. When you get to your profile, you will move onto the next step.
Right Click Powers
When you right-click on your profile page, you will see "inspect," and you'll want to click on that.
After clicking on "inspect" a side page will pop up with a bunch of code and one little icon that you'll need to find and click to switch to a mobile view.
Reload The Page
After you've clicked on the icon, you will now need to reload the page. You can do this by going to the address bar and refreshing the URL, you can click F5, or you can right-click and refresh. It doesn't matter how you do it, you need to refresh the page after clicking the icon, and now you'll move onto the next step.
Upload Your Images and add a Description
Now that you see a mobile version of Instagram on your laptop or desktop, you will want to upload your photo and add the description. This is just like if you were on your phone, so be sure to add in the hashtags now or edit your photo later so you can add them in when you want.
After you've done this, you will now share/publish the image, and it will go live just like if you were posting from your phone
The Downside to This Trick
This little trick may not be as awesome as you may have thought. It comes with one downside that might turn you off of this, and that downside is that if you have your Instagram account linked with your Facebook account to auto-share between platform.... it won't.
When you upload to Instagram using this method, it won't share the images or descriptions to your Facebook page. It was a big bummer for me since I like to automate as much as I can, but I still wanted to share this little trick in case anyone was big on Instagram and hated the app lol. You can use this method as much as you want, but it won't share with Facebook, so if you're worried about losing impressions, then you might want to switch back to a more automated 3rd party service to do the sharing for you. If you're on a budget, you can always check out IFTTT.com and set up sharing that way.
This method is pretty awesome for the people who want to stay on their laptop or desktop while working and sharing with Instagram while being away from their phone, but the drawback is that you can't share with your linked Facebook account. Some people will like this, some people won't care, but for me, it was a nice little way to think outside of the box for a few minutes and if I were to help at least 1 person out with their problems then it was a good day for me
Thanks for reading