The official Instagram Mac app - doesn't exist, but a free solution with Safari!

There are a number of unofficial Mac apps that display the timeline and can also be used to distribute likes, but there are none that are also able to post photos.

With Sir Apfelot, I also try to provide social media with posts and use it for this the Sendible web service, which costs a monthly fee, but offers a reasonably quick, semi-automated solution to "fire up" various channels with one step when you have a new blog post. This works quite well so far, but there is currently no way to do this automatically on Instagram. Sendible helps, however, in that it sends me an email with the picture and a pre-made text snippet that I can post as a post on Instagram.

There are a number of unofficial Mac apps that display the timeline and can also be used to distribute likes, but there are none that are also able to post photos.

There are a number of unofficial Mac apps that display the timeline and can also be used to distribute likes, but there are none that are also able to post photos.

Instagram wants to see you on your smartphone or tablet

The prepared picture and the text are all well and good, but unfortunately Instagram does not offer the possibility to post a new post with a picture on the Mac with the browser. You can view your chronicle and like other pictures, but you can only post on iPad, iPhone or Android devices that fall into the "mobile device" category.

The next damper is that there is no macOS app from Instagram that would make your life easier. Instead, they try by all means to get you to tinker your posts on your smartphone. But to be honest, I find typing longer texts on the iPhone quite annoying and for this reason I really wanted to have a way on the Mac to feed my Instagram account.

Third party apps are "turned off"

The tool of choice in the last few months was the app "Flume"(Pro Version!) That I bought from the Mac AppStore. Unfortunately, this has now stopped working because Instagram is probably taking massive action against such apps. Flume had a brief outage because I had the Mac AppStore version, but Flume is now relying on its own sales model. After I migrated my Flume Pro from the App Store to the latest version of Flume directly following instructions from the support, it is now running again ... but when I wrote the article, Flume was not working for me.

I was still looking for other apps, but in their reviews you can find more and more comments from angry customers lately, because the apps are all still allowed to "read" and display Instagram, but they can no longer publish posts. I suppose that was a political decision by Instagram to stop automation and mass "spamming". So there is currently practically no app on the Mac that can publish Instagram posts (Update: Except for Flume, which is now working fine for me again!).

Clever: The detour via Safari

By chance - I actually shelved the topic a few days ago - today I came across a way that makes it relatively easy to post Instagram posts with photos using Safari. This is very helpful for me because I always edit my contribution photos with Photoshop on the Mac and they are then not available on the iPhone. In addition, there is the thing with typing on the iPhone, which is another reason to prefer to publish posts on Instagram with the Mac. The Mac is simply my "work device" and for this reason I refuse the cumbersome detour via the iPhone with the official Instgram app for iOS.

Fortunately, there is the aforementioned alternative with safari. The procedure is as simple as it is clever: You simply pretend Instagram that you have opened Safari on your iPhone and that you are using it to access the Instagram website. As usual on the iPhone or iPad, you can already select a photo, insert a text and send the contribution on a trip.

I'm not sure if you can also post Instagram Stories about it. Since I do not use this feature, I have not pursued this further.

Instructions for the Safari Instagram alternative

How you have to go exactly to get Instagram on the Mac, I'll show you here. First, open the "Safari" browser and go to "Settings" in the "Safari" menu at the top left.

The Safari menu takes you to the Apple browser settings.

The Safari menu takes you to the Apple browser settings.

Here you will find the button "Advanced" on the far right. You click on this and come to a submenu with some setting options.

You can display the developer menu permanently using the advanced settings in Safari.

You can display the developer menu permanently using the advanced settings in Safari.

The last point is interesting for you, which is called "Show menu» Developer «in the menu bar". You activate this and then close the settings window.

Before you open Instagram in a new window, you have to set the user agent to "iPhone" via the "Developer" menu above. As a result, Instagram "thinks" that you are traveling with an iPhone and releases the menu item for posting a new picture.

Before you open Instagram in a new window, you have to set the user agent to "iPhone" via the "Developer" menu above. As a result, Instagram "thinks" that you are traveling with an iPhone and releases the menu item for posting a new picture.

Now you open a new window in Safari and select in the new menu "Developer" the sub-item "User Agent", in which you the setting "Safari - iOS 10 - iPhone".

Here's the proof: Instagram gives me the photo button in the menu on the Mac under macOS Sierra, which you normally don't see when you go to your profile with a browser on instagram.com.

Here's the proof: Instagram gives me the photo button in the menu on the Mac under macOS Sierra, which you normally don't see when you go to your profile with a browser on instagram.com.

Then you go to the website https://www.instagram.com and you will notice that you will see the symbol of a camera at the top of the Instagram bar, with which you can start a new post.

What will this change about my Safari?

Basically, due to the changes above, we have only shown the additional "Developer" menu, which is now permanently visible in Safari. If you open a new window, everything will remain as before. The user agent is always set to "Automatic" with each new window, so that the "real" user agent is transmitted. There are no restrictions on your Safari browser and you do not surf permanently through world history as "iPhone Safari". Whenever you want to open Instagram, go to the "Developer" menu above and select the iPhone entry under "User Agent".

You can safely click away the hints from Instagram that tell you that you want to install the Instagram app. They only lead you to the iOS app store anyway, which only has software for iPhone and iPad ready.

 

 

 

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