Desktop Instagram Posting Currently Being Tested, Confirms Facebook

Facebook has confirmed rumors that it is testing the ability for Instagram users to post to the picture-based social media platform using a web browser on a desktop computer.

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With its focus on sharing photos taken with a smartphone camera, Facebook-owned Instagram has long been a mobile-centric social network that lacks many of its basic features in its web browser incarnation, including the ability to post.

In May, the first leaked images of web-based Instagram post creation tools surfaced, showing the ability to natively drag and drop photos and videos from a desktop computer for upload, as well as options to crop the content, apply filters, and compose accompanying text for publishing to feeds.

No official comment was forthcoming that could shed light on what appeared to be early internal testing of the feature. However, following another series of images shared courtesy of social media consultant Matt Navarra, Facebook has now publicly confirmed via Bloomberg that the feature is indeed in the works.

"We know that many people access Instagram from their computer," said Facebook spokeswoman Christine Pai. "To improve that experience, we're now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser."

There's still no word on an official Instagram app built specifically for iPad, but presumably a browser-based way of posting would offer an alternative option for tablet users.

Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
15 months ago
No thanks, Facebook.

If you really want to innovate create an app for an iPad before even considering the desktop version.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blazerunner Avatar
15 months ago

How many years too late? Instagram is a dying platform, this just feels like a way to try to keep or add users. It’s slowly just becoming Facebook. This probably is also a push for their store, to make it easier to shop.
It really isn't though. It's a breeding ground of many MANY vapid people that prey on the general populace. Kylie Jenner, as useless as she is, has 240+ million followers. IG isn't going anywhere. Facebook on the other hand, it's been streamrolled by boomers. I want to say both platforms suck (because they do) but the reality is that THE PUBLIC sucks even more. Social media has attracted trash and enabled every one of these expendables to think they now have a voice for their worthless 2 cents on every issue.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freeangel1 Avatar
15 months ago
About Time.
I don't like Facebook. too many unwanted AD's.

Heading to MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER in Houston TX for an emergency 6am Flight.

My Cancer is getting worse. And Chicago is the worst place to be. They want you dead here from Cancer instead of diagnosis and treated.

I will be off the computer getting treated.

God Bless Everyone out here on Mac Rumors.

Hope I can beat this Cancer. I got a few law suits to file when I get back for getting kicked out of emergency rooms and delayed diagnosis and a treatment path.

Darren Hankner.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
15 months ago
I can just imagine these wonderful requests from the app:


Instagram Would Like to Request Access to Your:

Microphone
Camera
Desktop Folder
Downloads Folder
Documents Folder
Photos


Instagram Requires Full Disk Access


Instagram Requires Screen Recording
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulovsouza Avatar
15 months ago
How many years too late? Instagram is a dying platform, this just feels like a way to try to keep or add users. It’s slowly just becoming Facebook. This probably is also a push for their store, to make it easier to shop.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trenches Avatar
15 months ago
This is like hearing news about a Pentium II computer…
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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