Instagram finally testing ability to post via desktop

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When a popular application adds a new feature, it is often met with “why did they do that?” That is thankfully not the case here as Instagram is finally testing out the ability to post to the social media platform via your desktop.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, confirmed to Bloomberg (paywall) that the feature is indeed being tested out.

“We know that many people access Instagram from their computer,” Facebook spokesperson Christine Pai told Bloomberg. “To improve that experience, we’re now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser,” she added.

Social media consultant, Matt Navarra, also shared some screenshots on Twitter, showcasing what the UI for posting via desktop to Instagram could look like if it makes its way to the general public.

As this feature is being tested out, it is not available to the entire Instagram community. If you find yourself to be one of the lucky few, however, the option to post via desktop will appear as a highlighted icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Once you click on it, a pop up stating, “Now you can create and share posts directly from your computer,” will appear.

There is no word from Facebook on when this feature will officially be rolling out to Instagram users, but the fact that the company took the effort to share the news with a publication, points to it likely making its way to the broader group of users some time down the line.

When that it though, is unclear, as Instagram has been slow to implement tested features in the past.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.