You no longer need to have the Instagram application installed on your smartphone to upload images to the social networking platform. The Facebook-owned company is slowly rolling out the ability to share photos using its mobile website, though there are a couple of caveats.
Firstly, if you choose to upload an image to Instagram using the mobile site, you can’t take advantage of the platform’s full suite of editing tools, including filters. In fact, all you can do is rotate the picture and choose between a square or wide crop.
Secondly, you’ll need to use the application to upload videos, add images to your story and send direct messages, meaning this new-found web functionality isn’t intended to replace the mobile client, but instead offer users access to the service on platforms it currently isn’t available on.
A condensed version of the Explore page is also available online
The mobile website is “designed to help people have a fuller experience on Instagram no matter what device or network they are on,” said Instagram in a statement to TechCrunch, later adding that a condensed version of the in-app Explore page is also available online.