Instagram is planning to roll out the ability to create posts using the web browser on a desktop computer and the test feature had gone live on Thursday for some users. TechCrunch has confirmed that after years of solely focusing on its mobile product, the photo-sharing platform is at long last thinking about letting users post from their computers.
A number of Twitter uses noticed that the test feature had gone live on Thursday, and an Instagram spokesperson confirmed the test to TechCrunch saying, "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." Users can check if the test is live for them by heading to Instagram in the browser and looking for a new 'plus' icon in the icon tray on the top right.
According to TechCrunch, the test is not available to everyone and it only allows users to create posts for the main feed.
The new test feature is Instagram's latest desktop product after the platform added the ability to view stories on the web in 2017 and added direct messaging to desktop late last year.
How to post on Instagram from desktop
1. First click on the + (plus) icon on the top right corner of the webpage.
2. Select an image from their macOS or Windows PCs, just as you do on the Android and iOS apps. Once selected, users will have to select from four different crop sizes - Original, Square (1:1), Portrait (4:5), and Landscape (16:9). After that, the platform also gives the users the option to select a filter from the wide variety offered by the platform.
Alongside, users also get the option to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, temperature, fade, and vignette.
While posting the video, the steps changes slightly, after selecting the desired video, users can select any frame from the video as the cover. Users also get a toggle for turning the sound off or on.
Once a user has finished editing their photos or videos, they can then add a caption, location, and alt text. Other Instagram users can be tagged in the posts by clicking on the photo. Users also have the option to turn off commenting on their post before they publish it.
(With agency inputs)