Instagram is experimenting with the ability to create posts from a desktop computer’s web browser. Matt Navarra, a social media expert, noticed the feature and took some screenshots to show how it works.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Facebook acknowledged the test. “We know a lot of people use Instagram on their computer,” said spokeswoman Christine Pai. “To improve that experience, we’re now experimenting with the option for Instagram users to compose a Feed post using their desktop browser.”
Within the browser, you may select aspect ratios, apply built-in filters, and use basic editing parameters, according to Navarra’s screenshots. The function isn’t available to everyone just yet, but it’s emphasized in the upper right corner of the page with a banner that reads, “Now you can make and share posts directly from your computer,” implying that Instagram is serious about a wider release.
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Instagram has a history of being sluggish to add functionality to its online interface, especially on desktops. For example, direct texting was only introduced last year.
But social media professionals who use Instagram as part of their daily workflow have had to resort to third-party tools to create posts on desktops, showing that some use cases don’t necessarily benefit from a mobile-only approach.