How to post to Instagram on your Mac

  Post direct photos on Instagram from Safari on your Mac.
Post direct photos on Instagram from Safari on your Mac.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel / Cult of Mac

If you know the trick, you can use Instagram on your Mac. And I don't mean just seeing your timeline in Safari. I mean upload photos, add filters, the batch. What's more, it's very easy. Interested? Is that how it works.

How to post on Instagram from Mac

Instead of using a separate Instagram application for Mac, this trick is based on a built-in, but generally hidden, feature of Safari on Mac. You can tell regular Safari to do it go through Mobile Safari, which will load the iPhone version of the Instagram site and allow you to use all the tools available on the iPhone. This advice comes from Matt Haughey of A Whole Lotta Nothing.

  Show the Safari development menu.
Show the Safari development menu.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Note: This does not work on the iPad. The iPad can load desktop or mobile versions of a site, but cannot claim to be an iPhone. You can try a third-party browser like iCab, which should make this possible.

The first step is to enable this behavior in Safari. Go to Safari Preferences click on the Advanced tab and then tick the box next to Show Development menu in the menu bar . It is at the bottom of the window.

  Use this setting to mask yourself as an iPhone.
Use this setting to dress up as an iPhone.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Then, go to Instagram.com and log in. Now comes the great part. You will see that Safari now has a new menu bar item: Develop . Click on this and then select iPhone Safari from the User Agent submenu. The page will reload and you can now post your photos on Instagram from the Mac desktop.

Use all Instagram filters on your computer

  Use Instagram filters in Safari on the Mac.
Use Instagram filters in Safari on Mac.
Photo: Cult of Mac

To publish a photo, click on the + button and continue as usual. You can crop / untangle the photo and also apply any of the Instagram filters.

  Published!
Published!
Photo: Cult of Mac

You can also view and use your Instagram Direct Messages, access your settings and do almost everything you can do in the iOS application. This is pretty good for photographers who do a lot of work on the Mac. You can now post directly to the photo sharing service, instead of having to transfer your photos to your iPhone first.


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