How to Post to Instagram with a Web Browser by Spoofing the User Agent

Here’s a method for posting to Instagram from a desktop or laptop that doesn’t involve any third-party apps or installing plugins. It uses a feature built into several modern web browsers.

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UPDATE: Instagram has recently added a new feature to the the Instagram.com website that renders this spoofing technique unnecessary. You can now post directly to Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer without resorting to tricks or apps.

Instagram is designed primarily as a service to be used with mobile devices. But there are all sorts of reasons you might want to post photos from a desktop or laptop computer rather than a phone. You can, of course, send the photo from your computer to your phone and upload it from there, but that gets cumbersome pretty quickly.

There are, however, ways to post directly from a computer, and I’ve been putting together a series of guides for several good methods. Some use third-party apps and services. Some use emulators. This is a guide on how to use a regular web browser like Chrome or Safari without needing to buy a separate app or install a browser plugin.

Using Instagram with a Desktop Web Browser

You can access the Instagram website with a regular web browser on a desktop or laptop, but as you’ve no doubt already found, it’s a stripped-down version.

When you’re logged into your account through the website on a desktop browser, you can view photos, like photos, and even comment on photos, but one thing you can’t do is post new photos. There’s no way to upload them—the usual camera icon isn’t there, like this:

Instagram Website

But there’s a way to alter the behavior of your browser to make Instagram think that you’re accessing it through a mobile device. It’s taking advantage of two things. The first is that Instagram now has a special version it shows to mobile devices that includes the upload function. The second is that you can convince the Instagram site that you’re accessing it from a mobile device, even if you’re using a desktop web browser. It’s using what’s known as user agent emulation or user agent spoofing (sometimes just UA spoofing). When you access the site with this method, it looks very similar to the regular version you see in a web browser, but you’ll notice that it now includes the camera icon for creating new posts:

I’ve put together guides on how to do it with the major browsers; they’re below.

But first, it’s worth explaining that this isn’t some black-hat, frowned-upon process like spoofing phone numbers is for phone spam. Spoofing a user agent is a perfectly legitimate and standard tool for testing websites. That’s why it’s built into the browser developer tools. So you’re not doing something you shouldn’t by doing this.

Limitations

Before we get to the how-tos for specific browsers, it’s worth mentioning some limitations of this method.

This method emulates a mobile device accessing the Instagram website. It is not the same thing as using something like Bluestacks to emulate running the Instagram app.

That’s important because not every feature of the Instagram app is available through the Instagram mobile website. You can upload a photo and add a caption, but there are some basic Instagram features that aren’t available through the web interface.

Filters. You don’t have the option to apply filters.

Multi-photo posts. Instagram recently added the option to include multiple images or videos in a single post. That’s not available through the website—you can only upload one image at a time to create a single post.

In-photo tagging. You can still tag someone in the comment section, but you can’t tag someone within the photo.

Editing captions after publishing. To edit a post’s caption after it has been published, you’ll still need to use the mobile app.

User Agent Spoofing with Instagram

Basically, the user agent is a piece of code that the browser sends to the website to tell it information about the browser and operating system you’re using. The website can then show a display version of the website designed for that device’s layout.

If you have your own website and have used something like Google Analytics to track what browsers your site’s visitors are using, that’s where that information comes from. In case you’re interested, here’s an example of some of the information that’s sent to websites I might visit when using Chrome on a Mac:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel macOS 10_12_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.81 Safari/537.36

The method used here changes that information to match a browser on an iOS or Android device. And that, in turn, tells the Instagram site to display its new mobile version.

Modern browsers have a way to test what a site looks like with different devices and browsers. It’s designed mainly to be able to test responsive designs to see how they look on mobile devices. And it’s a feature that can be used here to make the Instagram website think that we’re accessing it through a mobile device rather than a desktop browser.

I’ll go through it with some of the major browsers below. I’m doing it on Mac; Windows versions are very similar.

For all of these, log in to your Instagram account through the web browser first (technically, it doesn’t matter whether you’re logged in first or not; it just simplifies these guides if you are).

Posting to Instagram with Chrome

Go to View > Developer > Developer Tools.

Instagram User Agent Developer Tools

That’s going to open the Developer Tools panel. Depending on the layout of your screen and browser, it might pop up in a separate tab or might be at the bottom of your active tab. It doesn’t matter which.

You’ll see a lot of code, menus, and tabs. For this, you can safely ignore nearly all of it. Look for the small icon at the top left that shows a phone and tablet (yes, that’s what those are….).

Instagram Chrome Developer Tools

Click on it. The browser window will now transform to the dimensions of a specific smartphone or tablet.

Instagram User Agent Upload

You can change what phone using the drop-down menu, although it really doesn’t matter too much which preset you use here so long as it’s a standard mobile device.

Instagram Chrome User Agent Selector

So it now looks just like the mobile app. And, importantly, you can now see the camera icon. So you can use it just like the mobile app—use the camera icon to create a new post by browsing for a new photo and uploading it.

If you’re using the privacy-centric browser Brave, this also works the same way because Brave is based on Chrome. As are some other smaller-circulation browsers.

Posting to Instagram with Safari

Go to Develop > User Agent > Safari – iOS 10 – iPhone.

If you don’t see the “Develop” option in the menu, you can enable it by going to Preferences > Advanced and checking the box at the bottom for “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

Switching User Agent in Safari

The page should refresh and show the camera icon at the top, like this:

Instagram User Agent Upload Safari

Posting to Instagram with Firefox

Until recently, you needed to install a plugin to do this with Firefox, but that’s changed with recent versions. So make sure you’re using the latest version of Firefox first.

First, go to Instagram.com and log into your account.

From Firefox’s main menu, go to Tools > Web Developer > Responsive Design Mode. (You can also use a keyboard shortcut to toggle it. On Mac, it’s CMD+OPT+M.)

You should then see a small, responsive version of the site that includes the add photo button. (You might need to refresh the page.) If you want to use a larger viewport, click on the bar at the top that says “no device selected” and choose a device with a larger screen).

Firefox Responsive Design Mode Instagram

Posting to Instagram with Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer

Press F12 to open Developer Tools.

Find the Emulation tab and choose a mobile device from the list of options.

Other Browsers

The better modern browsers have some variation of this kind of development mode user agent emulation, but I haven’t tested it on every browser. I’m focusing mainly on the most common (thanks to user agents, I know that 92 percent of visitors to my site use either Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, with the remaining 8 percent split among various other browsers).

If it doesn’t work on your browser, Chrome is probably the simplest multi-OS option. Or if you’re using a Mac, Safari works just as well.

Troubleshooting

Some users report that it doesn’t work right away for them. In many cases, it’s a caching issue.

This is a running list of troubleshooting ideas that I’ll add to as users report issues with the upload/camera icon not becoming visible.

  • Can’t see the camera icon. If you’re using Firefox (or another browser not mentioned above), make sure you’re not using the Firefox function that only changes the display port. It’s a two-step process on Firefox, and you’ll need to change the user agent either with the manual method (link above) or a user agent spoofing plugin.
  • Can’t see the camera icon. After you’ve changed the user agent, refresh the page. I’ve found it usually does that itself, but it’s possible that it might have done that. It’s also potentially possible for browser caching to be showing you a non-refreshed version, so you could try clearing the browser cache and then reloading.
  • Don’t have the Develop menu in Safari. If you don’t see the “Develop” option in the menu, you can enable it by going to Preferences > Advanced and checking the box at the bottom for “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

153 thoughts on “How to Post to Instagram with a Web Browser by Spoofing the User Agent”

  1. I’ve tried in Chrome and Firefox – creating new posts, OK. Sharing posts on dm’s etc. OK. Never see the camera option but most importantly, CANNOT SEND TO STORY
    Does anyone have a solution?

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  2. Hi, I followed the steps using chrome but when I tried to post on my instagram story instagram said that I had to ‘rotate my device’??? I tried all the different iPhone options and they all did this.

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  3. This does not work for me on Firefox (up to date). When I go Tools => Web Developer => Responsive Design Mode, it does NOT add camera icon or “+” sign anywhere, no matter how many times I refresh. Do you have any other suggestions? I don’t really want to have to use a different browser for this one platform when I am using Firefox for everything else.

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    • I just tried it now on my computer and it’s working in my setup (Firefox 87.0 on macOS 11.2.3; I don’t have a Windows machine handy right now). But it’s not working with all the viewport options. When using the iPad viewport, for instance, I don’t get the + icon. But it’s working for me if I change it to one of the iPhone or Galaxy options and then do a hard reset (CMD+SHIFT+R on Mac or CTRL+SHIFT+R on Windows/Linux).

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      • I was having the same problem in FF as Kim: going into Responsive Design Mode and force reloading the page didn’t result in a + icon. Following your advice, I changed the viewport option to “iPhone 6/7/8 iOS 11”, and there’s the Add button! Thanks!

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  4. How stupid is Instagram not be be browser friendly? Most of my advertising cant be done because its not browser friendly (like Facebook) so I have to use FB to promote instead of going through IG. I also dont want to waste time with developer tools in a browser. And I dont want to have to send pics to the phone just to get stuff done. WHY MAKE IT SO HARD TO GET WORK/ADVERTISING DONE in Instagram?? Good way to lose ad revenue IG & it is totally stupid there is no easier way to use any browser with Instagram.

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  5. Would minimising the screen on the desktop work? When I was building my website I did this to see how my site would look in tablet and mobile view. So would minimising it trick insta?

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    • Probably not, no. While that changes the dimensions of the viewport, it doesn’t tell the Instagram server that it’s a different user agent. But it also can’t hurt to try.

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  6. Hello. I permanetly deleted my instagram accounts! But when I write my name, I can see some my pictures from instagram apps!How can I fix this,or maybe I can return my permanetly deleted account!

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    • Once an Instagram account is deleted it’s permanent. you can’t get it back. Are you sure you deleted and not disabled it? Disabling lasts for about seven days then you can go back in just be logging in. Also any chance you archived some of the photos?

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      • I write my username and said,that this is not available. I deleted my account. I remember, but I can see my pictures ?? How can it be inpossible.

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        • Have you checked that you’re entering your username on a log in for existing accounts form rather than a new signup form? Worth also trying using your email or phone number, which can also be used to sign in to Instagram.

  7. Doesn’t work for me in Firefox 73.0.1 (64-bit) Mac.. I see the camera icon but clicking it does nothing and I am unable to edit any of my posts text or hashtags..

    Safari I can add new photos only.. no editing of previous posts or hashtags.

    Chrome, no camera appears and no editing options at all.

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  8. Sadly, the Firefox hack didn’t work. Sigh. Also, just tried Safari and am getting a notification bar telling me to get the app. Have they figured this out then?

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    • I just tried it with Firefox 71.0 on Mac, and it’s working for me. But I had to do a full refresh to flush the cache (CMD-SHIFT-R) to get it to show up, not just a standard refresh (CMD-R). And it’s working for me in Safari 13.0.4.

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    • Works for me in Firefox. From Firefox’s main menu, go to Tools > Web Developer > click on Responsive Design Mode. Then refresh the page. To get full page view go to Tools > Web Developer > unclick Responsive Design Mode. The plus sign on the bottom is the “camera”. Click on the plus sign and upload your photos. When all done reload the page and it will bring Firefox browser back to normal.

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        • After you upload your photos you have to unclick Responsive Design Mode and reload the page. It will bring Firefox back to normal view. Then you can navigate thru Instagram as you normally would. Only use Responsive Design Mode to upload photos or videos.

  9. I’m using Opera and with an add on I’m able to use the mobile version in the browser. I can also upload pictures, however I can’t upload png, only jpeg. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. :)

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  10. i used this trick but failed. Then i tried to change the phone model as you said. didn’t work. Then i tried again with pages reloaded…

    IT WORKS. btw, thanks a lot!

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  11. I have been using the user agent spoofing technique to post to Instagram for the past year or so (I figured this hack out myself, aren’t I smart!) but in the last couple of days it suddenly stopped including my captions. I’d go back and check my photo and see there is no text and no list of tags.

    Also when browsing on my Mac it no longer allows posting comments, and doesn’t even register the Like button, user agent spoofing or not. The little heart will turn red when I click it, but if I refresh and scroll to the same photo it will be as if I never clicked on it.

    I will never understand Instagram’s crusade against desktop browsers. They should face reality and accept that users will use their service in unexpected ways. Some of us old fogeys still like our DSLR and mirrorless cameras but also want to post to Instagram. How about embrace that instead of fight it?

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    • Usually that happens when you have been temporarily blocked by Insta. If you comment too much, use too many #, or like over Insta’s limit in one day. Has happened to a few times. Block usually lasts a few days

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  12. At first, this worked perfectly fine, but since a couple of days it just won’t upload my pictures. I’ve tried both Chrome and Firefox. I’ve tried posting without any text, I’ve emptied the cashe, removed cookies, still nothing is happening. Do you have any idea what could be the problem?

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    • It worked for me in Firefox about thirty minutes ago. Click on tools, go to Web Developer, down to Responsive design Mode. Choose the phone, Then refresh the page. Then I get out of Responsive Design Mode. Gives me full page. I have the + sign on the bottom for inserting photos.

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  13. I got this to work on chrome using my PC and I was so excited!! But then when I tried to upload my video, it doesn’t show up as being in the folder on my computer after I click on the button to add a post. Its there when I go through file explorer (i.e., just looking in the folder dirextly). It’s an mp4 file, 57 seconds long, so it seems to be the right format. Does this make any sense to you? Any ideas? Thank you!!

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    • When in Insta opens the folder it only shows formats it recognizes. Your vid is there but not the format for insta. I have run int that also. Some vids are MP4 but end in a double MP4. You would need to save the vid only in MP4

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  14. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Been searching the WEB for a few days and nothing has worked Finally came to your site. Used the Firefox version and it worked great. Keep up the great work. You’ve got it covered.

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  15. I select iphone, but don’t see the camera icon on the menu. I can toggle between phone and desktop settings, but still can’t operate it like it’s on a mobile platform.

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  16. It worked, but I can’t add a caption with hashtags. Very frustrating. I have to edit the post on a smartphone. I’ve tried the Safari User Agent trick; I tried entering Response Design Mode on Safari, I even tried using an iPhone simulator with Xcode on a macOS desktop — no method let me add a caption. I can type a caption with a photo, but the caption does not save with the post.

    Anyone else have this issue?

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      • I’ve tried it just now in Chrome and see what you mean. There seems to be a new display problem, with the top section with the caption and image being mostly obscured. I was able to still click within that section and paste text, and it stuck when posted. But you can’t really see what you’re typing. Not sure if there’s a solution possible on the users’ end.

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  17. Hello sir,
    Itryed waht you wrote but i cant use the camera icon, it doesnt showing it, i change it on phone but nothing.
    Im using Chrome.
    Please help :(

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  18. Thanks Sir, It worked……….after a long struggle. I had to refresh the page. But now its working!! Thank You very much.

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  19. Hello again! I am wanting to upload a video that is the right dimensions & time length but this does not allow me to upload a video. Any advice on how to upload a video via computer?

    Thanks

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  20. Yesss!!!! THANK YOU so very much!!! I love you!!! AND awesome instructions, btw… even I could understand AND follow… teehee. THANK YOU THANK YOU! =)

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  21. This is really very helpful, but when I add a photo, my Instagram account defaults to my old Istagram account and posts there instead. Any idea why it’s doing that and how to avoid it?

    Thanks!

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  22. Ah, brilliant thank you!!!
    QUESTIONS:
    I have two insta accounts but can only access my personal page and not my business one (which obviously I can on my mobile). The business one isn’t available to click on, it seems. Is there a remedy for that? Or is it that I have to log in to each one seperately on my laptop? Hmmmm…

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    • I have a couple of business accounts and can log into each individually, so it doesn’t appear to be an issue with business accounts as such. But I’ve not found any way to switch internally between accounts like you can on the Instagram mobile app. So you have to log out of one and sign into the other. If you’re not able to switch between them, one thing to try is to sign on using the username of the account rather than the phone number or email. You can use the same email and phone number for multiple accounts, and since there’s no way to switch between them it’s probably just signing you into the original personal page. But using the username takes you to the specific account.

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  23. Thank you SO much for this. I have been trying to work out how to post from my laptop as I can’t afford a fancy pants phone so that I can share photos from our farmed animal sanctuary and yours is the first guide that has actually worked! Thank you for taking the time to do this, it is really appreciated.

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  24. Thank you for these very helpful tips. I am now using the latest version of Firefox to update my Instagram account and it works exactly as described. I wish more “helpful Tips” or even a company’s own help center had your level of accuracy in their instructions.

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  25. Your idea worked for me. I’m on windows 7 ultimate and running chrome. I had to refresh the page to get the camera icon to appear and I have to repeat the operation on the next visit to instagram, but that’s no big deal. Many thanks, my friend.

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  26. It does not work. It will show only the developer tools are active. After closing the developer apps the mobile version also colapse. So how to post?

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    • Eliza, are you using Chrome? If so go to the three dots at the top, click on that, a menu will come down, click on “more tools” , then “developer bar” that will appear with a bunch of HTML code, go to the top you will see two little boxes, click on that, it will show you the page you are looking at, in a phone view. Hope that helps :)

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  27. Hi. I was trying the spoofing technique to post to instagram with chrome and also tried firefox.
    I like but having one issue if some one has a solution it would be great. Adding the text with your photo. Neither browsers seems to let me COPY AND PASTE text. I can type in but can’t copy and paste into place. Ive tried coping the text into notepad and word first then copy an paste from there, does not work. Anyone have a solution. Thanks, Sam

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  28. I adore learning new ideas, and yours is BRILLIANT! Worked perfectly! I tried Gramblr awhile ago, and it is quite annoying to get RID of it. It stores the files everywhere and Windows says it cannot delete them! I wish I would have found your method first. Oh, well. YOURS is SPOT ON PERFECT< thank you!

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  29. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! THIS IS GREAT HELP! THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THE TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS! It helped me! :)

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  30. Great article, so glad you included the troubleshooting tips, that is how I got it to work. I’m sharing this post, because it saves so much time!

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  31. THANKS SO MUCH. This has made my job so much easier. Now not only do I not have to switch between my personal account and my client’s account, but I no longer have to send myself all those images (taking up so much space on my phone) this was so helpful! Can’t believe there is a how-to article on the internet that works first time. Lol.

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    • Great article Dave! Thanks. Where there is a will, there is a way!
      Sorry I did not add a new comment, but could not see how! Silly me!
      The solution could be device and software version dependent.
      I tried it using Chrome (Version 63.0.3239.132 (Official Build) (64-bit)) on my MacBook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.2 and it did not work, but it worked fine when I tried it using Safari (Version 11.0.2 (13604.4.7.1.3)). Brilliant!

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  32. For anyone who finds this later like I did: it turns out you no longer have to install anything on Firefox, nor edit any config files. In the viewport simulator, there is a “select device” menu, and selecting one changes the user agent appropriately, leading to the camera icon showing up. However, I have not actually managed to get it to post a picture yet; the problem with “rotate your device to add to your story” is still infuriatingly present. If anyone ever figured out how to solve that, I would be most pleased.

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    • Thanks for the tip! I’ve just tested with the latest version of Firefox and it is indeed now working fine. I’ve updated above. I don’t currently have a solution to the rotation issue but will investigate.

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  33. Hmmm, followed the instructions for using Instagram on Safari and sure enough, there’s the camera icon at the top of the page. Big smile on my face ! However, when I click the camera icon I now get a little message at the bottom of the screen that says, “Rotate your device to add to your story.” No more big smile on my face… Well that’s just dandy, now all I need to figure out is how I’m gonna rotate the 27 inch iMac every time I want to post a photo to my Instagram page…. 8^)

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  34. works really well in firefox. it was simple to do, i just cant completely close out the developer tools so i minimize it and it works perfectly fine

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    • How did you get it to work on Firefox? I followed the instructions but the camera button is at the top of my screen and doesn’t work. How do you get the updated version like she has?

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  35. THANK YOU! Worked in Chrome after refreshing the page and continued to work after closing the developer window during that session!

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  36. Can’t tell how old these posts are but I have just followed everything for Chrome and it does not work even as I write this it is trying to upload which it has been doing for about 2 mins now, it has just finished after 4 mins and it did not upload. Disappointing as I really prefer to use my PC instead of my phone. :(
    Todays date is 10/4/17

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    • It hasn’t been working consistently in Chrome lately. I know it’s still working in Safari but haven’t had a chance yet to test other browsers recently.

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  37. Hi,
    This was of course very useful…. worked well on Opera, filters too not that you need them from a PC as you are probably posting something that has already been tweaked. Multi picture posts would be icing, but it’ll happen. Beats loading Bluestacks all the time. The simplicity of the system is elegant.

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  38. Thanks, Had to install Itunes on my Windows 7 (64) machine after I told Instagram to work as an IPhone 6+ . Now I’ve managed to post a few meaningless pics out of Chrome!!!

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  39. THIS IS GREAT! — until…
    I did this on a Mac with Chrome about a week ago (Aug. 28, 2017) and it worked just fine for a few days, and then the camera icon disappeared. I guess this is the problem shown in comments above, but I can’t tell if they are current or years old without dates. I just can’t believe I would have the luck to learn this trick just a few days before Instagram blocked it.

    Oh, I can get it to work on Safari.

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  40. THANK YOU!! That’s wild. You just saved me from having a work project be a complete disaster! Worked for me on Chrome on a PC.

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  41. Hi, does this method not violate IG’s terms of services? I’m worried if I will be charged shadow banned. Perhaps your experience can help to answer this question. Thanks

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    • Well, I’m not a lawyer and I don’t work for Instagram, but just as a user of the service it doesn’t seem to me to violate the restrictions against automated posting. The terms of service I’ve seen address automated and programmatic posting, but I’ve not seen anything to say that the uploads have to be done from a mobile device specifically. If that were the case, it would simple for them to remove the uploading functionality from their own website and make it only work from their official mobile-only app. But, as I said, I’m not in any position to give an official interpretation of the rules, so use at your own risk.

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  42. It appears they’ve completely changed their browser layout since this was made and none of these methods appear to be working. There are no buttons whatsoever now. :-/

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    • Thanks for the tip. I’ve just tested quickly now and found the same thing. Not sure where the change is being made but hope to investigate further soon.

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      • I just did a quick test with Safari (on Mac), and it’s still working fine for me with this method. For some reason it’s not working on Chrome for me anymore, but I haven’t yet figured out why.

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      • Hi David – I too am on a Mac – go to User Agent and all the buttons are highlighted out. I can see IOS 10 but highlighted out. So so so so frustrating!
        Any tips?
        Grrrrrrh
        Thank Jane

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  43. thanks for sharing this those tips! i did try it and it works smoothly!

    PS: how can i link my Instagram Account in my Facebook account?

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  44. Does this feature only work with Mac?
    I’ve been trying it on my PC and been having problems just getting the mobile version to stay enabled?
    I go to Developer Tools, click the mobile icon and choose the device like you’ve shown but as soon as I go to exit the Developer Tools menu, my view returns to normal. I’ve tried working with the Developer Tools menu open and that doesn’t work so I’m wondering if it’s a compatibility issue or if I’m doing something wrong… From the Developer Tool menu I can see the “Upload Photo” option and clicking it opens my file directory, however after submitting a photo nothing happens.

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  45. Doesn’t work with vidoe, even if it’s the right codec (h264) and the right length. Any tips on how to upload the videos?

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  46. I followed the steps of using Chrome (but not on a Mac). It did transform the screen into mobile screen but there is no camera icon!!!???

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    • From what others have reported, it might be that Instagram has to activate it on their side for your account. I don’t have any information on how or when they’re doing that, unfortunately.

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    • That happened to me, do all the steps as shown then when you’re done (and you still have the developer tools bar showing) refresh your page. Then at the bottom it should show a camera icon click on it and choose your picture, the rest you should know. If the camera icon doesn’t show up when you refresh try refreshing again and if that doesn’t work then I unfortunately don’t know how to help you. :(

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  47. Absolutely brilliant post. Thanks for this.
    For a while I had been in search of a cheap/affordable method to achieve this.

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  48. For me your procedure works fine, but for my wife it doesn’t work. We tried it on the same MacBook, several browsers. It seems indeed that it depends on the account (my wife has created an Instagram account three days ago, mine is a lot older).

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    • Interesting. Thanks for reporting back. Sounds like it does indeed have to be activated on accounts on Instagram’s side of things.

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    • Same thing happened for my wife and I using firefox on two different computers…ultimately it seems that maybe the difference is whether or not an account is “private” or not…private ones seem to not show the camera but “public” ones show the camera on the same machine/browser combo.

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    • Same here. In the audit section it says repeatedly “blocked by client”. So I guess, Instagram has been able to figure it out and change their code. At least that’s what I assume this is supposed to mean.

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  49. This worked for me. Thank you so much. I do a lot of Instagram posts for work, both at the office and when I am out and about. You saved me a lot tedious steps when I am trying to use it at work. Thank you!

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  50. Didn’t work for me in Safari. I found the Developer page and followed all instructions. Refreshed the page, emptied the cache, and still no go. Thanks anyway!

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  51. Thank you!! I definitely am not a developer or coder, but I hate giving these apps access to my entire photo library whether its on my phone or on my computer. This is a GREAT workaround! Thank you!

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    • Yes, that’s definitely a good side-effect of this method–not having to hand over your login credentials to some third party. Glad it’s working for you!

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  52. Hey thanks for putting this together! I’m using Safari but I don’t have the “developer” option… Couldn’t figure out how to add it in. Any thoughts?

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    • Ah, thanks for reminding me… I’ll update above. If you don’t see them in Safari, go to Preferences > Advanced and check the box for “Show Develop menu in menu bar” at the bottom. Will add this above.

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      • Not working here either. I’ve done everything listed here, but no camera icon…

        At another site I’ve read it might not work for all accounts allready (at this moment).

        Also wondering if it has to do with OS X version and/or Safari version. I’m running OS X 10.11.6 and Safari 9.1.2. With this setup I don’t have user agent iOS 10 iPhone, but iOS 9.3 iPhone.

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        • My guess is that of those two, first alternative is more likely–that they’re rolling out gradually to some user accounts. They’re doing that at the moment for the new Archive feature, which isn’t yet available for many users. That said, it’s not clear to me why something like this would be account-specific since it’s a feature of the website, not of the account.

          A user agent for an older mobile device shouldn’t matter–it’s still a mobile user agent and one for a device that many people are using.

          One more thing worth trying is clearing browser cache and cookies. It might be that your browser is showing you a cached version. I don’t know whether it’ll work, but it’s at least worth trying.

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