Instagram for iOS is pretty decent, but there are times when you just wanna quickly post an image without having the app unnecessarily eat into that precious cellular data by refreshing feeds and other content. While you can send photos from other iPhone apps via Instagram’s Share sheet extension, it’s now possible to upload images through Safari as well.

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to upload your photographs to Instagram using the mobile web interface, no apps needed whatsoever.

Before we get to it, know that you cannot take or upload photos from Instagram’s web interface on a desktop computer. Only Instagram’s web UI on mobile lets you do that.

How to post images to Instagram in Safari

1) On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, visit instagram.com in Safari, Chrome or another browser of your choice, then log in with Facebook or your Instagram account credentials.

2) Tap the Camera button at the bottom.

TIP: If you don’t see the tab area at the bottom, try scrolling or reloading the page.

3) A menu pops up with several options allowing you to take a new photo, choose an existing image from your Photos library or upload one from a cloud-storage service of your choice.

The following two options are always available:

  • Take Photo—Choose this if you’d like to take a photo with your iPhone’s camera. After snapping an image, tap Use Photo to create a new Instagram post based on it or hit Retake to discard the image and take a new one.
  • Photo Library—This option will pull up the Photos browser. Navigate your way through the albums, then tap a photo to select it for your post.

As mentioned, other local and online storage services may appear in this menu, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and many others, but only if their client apps are installed on your device and support iOS’s Document Provider extension point.

TIP: To cherry-pick the specific cloud services that shall appear in this menu, tap More, then enable or disable individual services and tap Done to save the changes.

4) Preview your photo to make sure everything looks OK, then tap Next to continue.

To rotate the image counter-clockwise, tap the icon in the lower-right corner. To switch between landscape and portrait orientation for the image, hit the icon in the lower-left corner.

To stop creating a new Instagram post, tap the “x” in the upper-left corner.

5) Write a caption for your image, if you like.

You can use #hashtags and @usernames in captions like you normally would.

6) Tap Share in the upper-right corner to finish adding the post and publish it on Instagram.

Instagram’s filters and other creative tools and advanced functions are unavailable when posting images through the mobile web interface.

If you prefer Instagram’s built-in filters and other creative tools over Apple’s Photos app to touch up your shots before posting them on the service, use the mobile Instagram app.

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