One of the biggest questions of all Instagram users is probably why does Instagram doesn’t allow them to upload new photos from web browser. Well, although Instagram natively doesn’t allow us to upload new photos from web browser, it doesn’t mean you can’t. With a little trick, you can bypass this restriction. In Firefox, you can upload new photos by changing the user agent.
What is user agent?
Definitively, it is a software that is acting on behalf of a user. In the context of web browser, user agent is what your computer tells the server what kind of browser and/or operating system it is using.
So, if you are accessing Instagram from Firefox running on Ubuntu, for instance, user agent will tell these data to Instagram servers to tell them that you are accessing Instagram from Firefox on Ubuntu. This means, if you could change the user agent then you would be able to send “fake” data to Instagram servers. And, there is a Firefox add-on that allows you to do the it. The add-on is called User Agent Switcher. Here is how to use it.
- First and foremost, install the User Agent Switcher on your Firefox. You need to restart your Firefox once installed the add-on.
- Go to the Firefox menu (three-line at the top-right corner) and select Customize.
- Drag the User Agent Switcher and drop to the Firefox icon bar.
- Click the User Agent Switcher at the icon bar and select Edit User Agents.
- Select iPhone 3.0 on the appearing dialog. Click OK.
- Visit Instagram.com and login with your account.
- Click the User Agent Switcher at the icon bar and select iPhone 3.0.
- Reload the Instagram page and you should see a camera icon within the page. Just click the icon and follow the steps you usually pass through when uploading new photos to Instagram.