One of the big complaints I hear about Instagram from new users is that they wish it was accessible through a browser.
For those of us, like me, who don’t always post photos from our mobile devices (I have been known to take photos on my DSLR and then have to figure out how to get them to my phone), this would be something quite useful.
However, Instagram’s API requires that all photos posted to the network happen through the app. The end.
Just last month, though, Instagram relaxed those rules just a little bit. You can now publish to your Instagram account through the browser on your mobile device.
Open up your browser on your mobile device (I am on an iPhone, so I use Safari), and go to Instagram.com. Sign in with your account. You’ll see the same tools you normally see in the app, and will be able to post to your account from there.
Now, it’s still a bit rudimentary, so you won’t have access to filters, Instagram Stories, or Live.
This still won’t work from your computer. Well, it will… kind of. If you’re using Chrome, you can hack your browser so that it thinks it’s on a mobile device, and then you can use it. Here’s how.
Another option for Chrome specifically is the Websta add-on. It gives you very similar control to using Instagram in your mobile browser.
As for me, it looks like I’ll still probably be sticking to my regular routine for a while, but it’s good to know that changes are afoot.