Instagram has a lot of features but it has always limited us on sharing photos and videos on the mobile app. We became cool with it since there was no other alternative, but for a while now, we have seen the company put more features on the desktop and mobile websites. This time round, we are seeing one crucial upgrade to the latter.
Instagram will now let you upload photos within the mobile website. All you have to do is head over to Instagram’s website and tap on the ‘camera app’ and either take a photo or source one from your phone’s storage. When TechCrunch reached out to the company for a statement about the issue, this is what they said:
‘”Instagram.com (accessed from mobile) is a web experience optimized for mobile phones. It’s designed to help people have a fuller experience on Instagram no matter what device or network they are on.”
The odd thing is that when you attach a photo before sharing, it does not give you an option to add filters, which is strange since that is why we liked Instagram in the first place. The mobile web version of Instagram now feels like a Instagram Lite of sorts, which totally works in this case and can be useful for those people who would want to share a quick photo to their friends without necessarily downloading the mobile app.
The mobile web version on Instagram is now well featured. You can see a feed on your timeline of your friend’s posts, view the trending photos on the Explore tab, see your notifications and access your profile. However, you are always treated with a persistent notification at the bottom to switch to the app to get the full features like uploading videos (you can’t do that with the new update), but as of now, it works.