28 July 2021
Instagram has undergone numerous changes and feature tests in its journey so far but there is one thing that has remained the same. It is that users have always been allowed to share photos and videos only through mobile devices. This is now expected to change as Instagram has confirmed testing a new feature that will allow users to post photos from desktop.
The new feature was first spotted by Matt Navara, a well-known social media researcher. He has tweeted a bunch of screenshots sharing how the feature works. Users will see the "+" icon in the top right corners which resembles the one we already have on Instagram applications. The desktop version supports adding photos either by dragging and dropping or through the standard file uploader window.
There is a Crop option that will let users choose from different aspect ratios like Original, Square (1:1), Portrait (4:5), and Landscape (16:9). Other uploading tools include usual Instagram photo filters, adding captions, tagging people, and adding location. The overall experience is the same as it is on mobile devices. If you are a regular Instagram user, you will not have any issues.
Since then, Instagram has also officially acknowledged testing the ability to let users share photos from the desktop. One of the company's spokesperson said, “We know that many people access Instagram from their computer. To improve that experience, we’re now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser."