How to view Stories and upload photos to Instagram on the web

Instagram has been a “mobile first” company ever since its
inception. Since then, it has gradually changed its course and
brought several features to the desktop and the mobile website.
As of now, you can browse your Instagram feed and view
notifications on the website. However, there are still
app-specific features like Stories and uploading pictures
that haven’t made their way to the website.

With features
such as
Continuity and Handoff
 bridging the gap between the
iPhone and the Mac, carrying the iPhone has become less
essential. Unfortunately, I still have to reach for my
iPhone when I need to upload pictures or view
Stories. Wouldn’t it be great to have these features on
the Instagram web version? Let’s see how we accomplish

How to upload pictures from Instagram desktop website

A little
more than a week ago, Instagram announced that you can now
upload pictures
from its mobile website
. A welcome move indeed, but
the desktop site was still left out of the party. Leveraging
the new mobile site support, we can upload from the desktop web
by disguising it as a mobile website.

Instagram-on-web-2Toggle the
device switch in Chrome’s Develop settings.
Photo: Cult of Mac

First, let’s see how you can do it on

  • Open the Instagram website. Right-click anywhere on the web
    page and select Inspect. Alternatively, you
    can also access the Developer Inspect menu using the
    Option-Cmd-I keyboard combination on a Mac.
  • Next, click on the “mobile-like” icon as shown below to
    toggle the device toolbar. Now, you should see an upload icon,
    exactly as you see inside the actual Instagram mobile app.
  • You can click on that icon to upload pictures from your
    desktop computer. Here, you can resize, rotate and add a
    caption to the picture. There doesn’t seem to be an option to

    upload multiple pictures
    for now.

how to upload pictures if you’re using Safari:

Safari’s user agent to the mobile Safari to access the Instagram
mobile website.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Before we
can get started with this on Safari, we’ll need to toggle a
setting beforehand. Open Safari settings and
navigate to the Advanced tab. Check the box
where it says Show Develop menu in menu bar.
Now, you should see a Develop menu in the
Safari menu bar.

  • Open the Instagram website. Click on Develop >
    User Agent > Safari iOS 10 — iPhone
    . The page
    should automatically reload and you should see an upload icon.
  • Click on the icon to upload, resize, rotate and add a
    caption to the picture.

important thing to note is that the Safari’s inbuilt user agent
setting is enabled on a per-site and a per-session basis. This
means that you have to manually trigger the user agent setting
everytime you open Safari anew.

If you’re using any other browser besides Chrome and Safari,
this trick should still be possible. Essentially, all you need
to do is “fake” the user agent to resemble that of a mobile
device. You can find several extensions/browser add-ons for the
same in your browser’s marketplace.

How to view Stories on the Instagram desktop web

Lately, Instagram has been busy
jazzing up the Instagram Stories
functionality. However, it
requires you to use the mobile app to view and upload Stories.
Let’s see how you can view your friends’ Stories on the web
using a Chrome extension.

Instagram Stories on your desktop browser!
Photo: Chrome













To get started, download the
Chrome IG Story
extension and open the Instagram website.
You should now be able to see your friends’ Stories at the top
of your feed. If you’re interested in learning how this
extension works, head up to the
developer’s post on Medium
, or browse the code
for yourself on GitHub. It seems to be having a bit of issue
lately with the latest version, so you might want to keep an
eye out for updates.

As you can see, you can enable a few app-only features on the
desktop website with a little bit of trickery. There’s a whole
bunch of stuff you still cannot do on its web counterpart— like
watching Live Stories, uploading Stories etc. But, should
any new workarounds surface, We’ll tell you about them
right here.

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