* Instagram users can post photos through mobile web
* Previously, posting content was restricted to in-app use
* The new feature is limited, with no access to DMs, stories, or video
Instagram has quietly enabled a new feature on the photo sharing platform, allowing users to upload photos when logged in to the mobile website. Previously, Instagram users were only able to upload posts when logged into Instagram through the app. A representative for Instagram confirmed the new functionality to Mashable.com via email stating: “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.”
This new feature contributes to the ever expanding competition among the three biggest social media competitors: Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Each platform seems to unroll a new feature geared toward attracting more users almost weekly.
In late 2015, Facebook began offering users additional options to reduce data usage through new app choices, Messenger Lite and Facebook Lite. Sign up rates have increased recently with users preferring these choices, as they take up less than 1MB of space on your smartphone.
Last week, Instagram unveiled a new feature for Android users, allowing them –albeit limited—access to the app’s content offline. Instagram’s offline access update is expected to become available to iOS users next.
With the mobile web post feature, the range of what you can do is also limited. Unfortunately, you will not be able to access DMs, stories, or use video functions on mobile. Additionally, you will still not be able to post content when logged in to the Instagram website on a desktop computer—PC or Mac.