How To Post & Upload Photos and Videos to Instagram from Mac

Instagram is all about the moment.

It’s for sharing selfies from the golf course after your first hole in one, showing off that Monday ensemble that came together better than you could have imagined, and bragging about the sweet potato nachos you cooked up for Thursday’s football game. In short, it’s about the little things.

That’s why the developers of the popular photo sharing app aren’t too keen on having users upload photos from their desktops. Put simply, a desktop photo is polished and premeditated, while a mobile photo is spontaneous and irreverent.

However, thanks to the May 2017 update, users can now get around this annoying little barrier quite handily. The update made it possible for users to upload photos not only through the app, but also through the mobile website. Now, users need only access the mobile website on their desktop computers to start uploading.

This trick works for both Macs and PCs. However, if you’re a Mac user looking to upload photos to Instagram, you may have only come across directions for desktop PCs. The good news is that there’s a way for you to do this too.  The bad news is that it’s a little more complicated than for PC users. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered.

Accessing Mobile Sites on Safari

Let’s start with Safari, Apple’s favorite go-to web browser. Accessing mobile sites on Safari takes quite a few steps, but they are easy to follow.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Look to the Safari toolbar along the top of your screen.
  3. Click Safari to reveal the drop down.
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Select Advanced.
  6. Check Show Develop Menu in menu bar.

Now you have access to the Develop menu. This will give you new options for adjusting your Safari settings. Unfortunately, you’re not quite done yet.

  1. Go to File in the toolbar.
  2. Select New Private Window. You can also use the hotkey Command +Shift +N.
  3. Go to Develop in the toolbar.
  4. Hover over User Agents to expand options.
  5. Select Safari – iOS 10 – iPhone.

Your new Safari window will now simulate mobile sites (as seen on an iPhone). You can navigate to to view the mobile site, and use the available tools for uploading photos and videos from your Mac desktop.

Accessing Mobile Sites on Chrome

Maybe you’re not a Safari person. If you’re a fan of Google Chrome, you can still access the Instagram mobile site. In fact, it’s a little easier with Chrome than with Safari.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Go to View in the toolbar at the top of your screen.
  3. Hover over Developer to reveal more options.
  4. Select Developer Tools. You can also try the hotkey Command + Option + 1 to open the developer tools.
  5. Look for the toggle device symbol along the top row of categories in the developer tools window.
  6. Click on this icon to toggle between desktop, tablet, and mobile views.

There you have it. Now you can navigate to and start uploading photos and videos right away.

Mobile Site Limitations

Before you get too psyched about uploading from your desktop, remember that uploading to the Instagram mobile site has more limitations than uploading through the app, namely when it comes to editing. To be sure, you’ll still be able to get your content out there, but you may have to sacrifice access to some of your favorite filters to do it. If you ask us, it’s a small price to pay for being able to upload photos and videos when and where you want.

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