How to post pictures to Instagram from a desktop PC (The easy way!)

We like Instagram as a social network, and we use it regularly. However, if there is one thing we dislike it’s that it doesn’t let users post pictures from desktop computers with Windows, Linux and so on. Even some Windows 10 users are not able to post to Instagram, even though there is an official app in the Windows Store. If you look for solutions to this problem, some websites recommend emulating Android and then installing the Instagram app for Android. That is a complicated thing to do that requires a lot of hardware resources. Luckily, we have a much simpler solution for you, and all you need is a web browser:

If you use a Windows 10 tablet or laptop with touch, use the Instagram app from the Windows Store

If you have a tablet with Windows 10 or a notebook, an ultrabook or any other type of computer that has both Windows 10 and a screen with touch, then you have a comfortable life. All you have to do is install the Instagram app for Windows 10, from the Windows Store. Press Install, wait for the app to be downloaded and installed and then launch it.

One way to start it is to use Cortana’s search and type “instagram” or dictate “Open Instagram.”

Log in to your Instagram account and then you can view your feed. If you look carefully, you’ll see the + button on the bottom toolbar. Click or tap on it and go through the process of posting pictures on Instagram.

What if you have Windows 8.1, Windows 7, a Windows 10 desktop PC without touch or… Linux?

Let’s take each case one by one:

  • If you have Windows 8.1 and you go to the Instagram app in the Windows Store, it tells you that the app does not work on your device. Way to go Instagram developers!
  • If you use Windows 7, Linux or any other non-Windows 10 operating system, there is no app for you to install. Also, the Instagram website offers no option for uploading your pictures. Again, kudos to the Instagram team!
  • If you have Windows 10 on a desktop computer or a device WITHOUT a touch screen and a rear-facing camera, you can use the Instagram app but, there is no Camera button so that you can upload pictures. The “smart" programmers at Instagram have decided that desktop computers cannot post pictures to this social network. Isn’t this awesome?

Fortunately for all the users described earlier, we have an elegant solution. All you need is a web browser and the instructions from the next section.

Simulate a mobile browser in your favorite web browser and post to Instagram from there

In this guide, we show you how to use any major web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera) to simulate that you are browsing from a smartphone or tablet with Android, Windows Phone or iOS. Luckily, the good programmers at Instagram have decided that people using a mobile browser can also post pictures to Instagram.

Therefore, open your favorite web browser, go to the Instagram website and log in. Then, enable the Developer Tools in your browser and emulate a mobile device like an iPhone or a smartphone with Android or Windows Phone. Once you do that, Instagram reloads like you were using it from a smartphone. Look below: we used Google Chrome on a desktop PC with Windows 10 to simulate an iPhone. When doing that, Instagram showed us the Camera button for posting pictures.

Click the Camera button and the standard Open dialogue from Windows is shown. Choose the picture that you want to upload and click Open.

Now follow the usual process for posting pictures on Instagram, as if you were on a smartphone. When done, close your web browser.

What do you think of our solution?

We believe that our solution is a lot easier than that proposed by other websites and we hope that you will feel the same way. Try it out and let us know if you like it, in the comments below. If you do, don’t hesitate to share it with others. Sharing is caring!