This Free App Lets You Upload Photos to Instagram from Your Desktop

October 12, 2017

For all its popularity, Instagram curiously makes it impossible to upload images from desktop browsers. It doesn’t, however, block mobile browsers from uploading photos–a loophole that a new software app exploits to give desktop users a chance to get their images onto the social network.

Dubbed Windowed, the new app is free and open sourced and essentially fools Instagram into thinking you’re uploading photos from a mobile browser. It’s the brainchild of photographer and programmer Felix Sun.

Windowed is just a web browser, so it doesn’t collect your Instagram login info. It’s not officially sanctioned by Instagram, so there’s always a chance they’ll find this exhaust port-like workaround and shut it down. Though why they’d want to is beyond us.