PC Doctor May 18, 2020

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Dear PC Doctor:

I am looking for a way to use Instagram from my computer instead of my phone. I’m just more comfortable with the bigger keyboard and screen. So far, I haven’t seen a way to do it. I can log in and view my Insta account on my computer, but I can’t post. Do you have any advice?



Dear Insta-newbie:

Instagram is really made for mobile devices - BUT - there’s a really cool work around. In Chrome, you can trick Instagram into thinking you’re using a phone, and then you can add text and pictures from your computer. Here’s how:

In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click anywhere on the page then select Inspect from the list of options. Part of the site will be covered up with the Inspector tool, but we only really care about the small icon of a tablet and phone. It's in the top-left corner of the Inspector window -- click it. The page will refresh with a mobile view, and the + icon to create a post should show up at the bottom of the window. If it doesn't, refresh the page. When you're done, click on the tablet/phone icon again. Close the Inspector tool and refresh the website to go back to the desktop version.

Until next time, Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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