Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms with up to 700 million monthly active users to date. Created for sharing "life's beautiful moments" through photos and videos from a smartphone. Since it was purchased by Facebook back in 2012, the app has become the home for visual storytelling for everyone from celebrities, newsrooms and brands, to teens, musicians and anyone with a creative passion.
Brands and businesses have fully embraced the app's ability to reach potential customers from every corner of the world – especially with the ability advertise and target users on the app.
The only downside to building a brand on Instagram is that it cannot be done via social media automation platforms like Buffer or Hootsuite; though you can use these platforms to schedule reminders and alerts directly to your mobile device.
Though Instagram does provide social media managers the ability to switch between five logged-in accounts, this can be cumbersome for those who manage more than five accounts and aren't very good at remember passwords.
Luckily, there is a clever trick that we've been using to work around those issues with great ease. This is especially useful if you're a designer or professional photographer who uses a dSLR camera and then edits their photos before uploading to Instagram.
Here's how to post to Instagram from your computer
In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click the page > Inspect > click the Tablet icon (top-left). The page should switch to mobile view, where you'll find a camera button at the bottom of the screen, which lets you upload a photo from your desktop. You can also use the Apple keyboard shortcut CMD + Option + I.
Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, "Show Develop menu in menu bar."
That's it! And if you're like me and HATE typing captions on your phone, you can type up your captions and appropriate hashtags with your actual keyboard. #thatsawin