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There's a hidden feature in Chrome that lets you change the browser to look like a mobile display.

And when you use it to visit Instagram, you can actually post directly to the social network from your desktop or laptop.

Usually, Instagram doesn't let you post from its desktop site – you're limited to browsing and posting comments.

But this handy little side-step means you can drop pictures from your computer right into your profile. And it's a lot easier to put in those captions and hashtags to boost your reach.

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Here's how to do it:

  • Firstly, you need to sign in to Instagram and then engage the developer mode on Chrome by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I .
  • Next, you can engage the mobile mode by either pressing Ctrl + Shift + M or clicking the small icon in the top right corner – next to the options for Elements, Console and Sources.
  • Finally, hit the refresh button on your browser and the option to post to your profile directly from Chrome.

As mentioned before, you won't be able to use some aspects of the app – like filters or multi-image posts – but it means you can quickly throw up stuff from your laptop without too much trouble.