Photographers, graphic artists and content creators rejoice! On Thursday, June 24, Instagram, a well-known mobile photo, video and social media app, began rolling out a live test to upload photos from desktop as well as mobile. The test is currently proving to be a welcome addition to the website if Twitter is any indication. Just briefly searching the tag for the website yields mostly positive reviews. 

The app’s developers began looking at the idea back in 2020. They noted users viewed Instagram from their computers more. This was most likely due to the pandemic. Staying inside, stuck behind the warm computer screen? Prime social media time for everyone! Thankfully, Instagram took notice and decided to move forward with testing PC uploads.

Why It’s Useful

This is exciting for users who don’t like the mobile app or like to create content through editing programs on desktop prior to uploading. It also resonates well with marketers and brands who often use the website to promote their products and services.

They will no longer have to rely on third-party applications, emulators or email and text to post their content. This often frustrated desktop users. Yet again, this was just another hurdle in getting out content. This test is the solution for many frustrated app users, and many are hoping it will stay.

According to TechCrunch, a spokesperson for Instagram stated: “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.” Currently, the Instagram uploads can only be posted to direct feeds, not stories. That may possibly be in a future rollout, provided this test goes well.

How Do I Know If I Have It?

To see if you are one of the lucky few to get the new Instagram update, simply go to Instagram’s website and check for the plus sign. It’s at the top of the page in the menu! Do you like this feature, or would you prefer that Instagram stays exclusive to mobile devices? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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