Instagram will now let users upload photos and videos from their laptops or ...

Instagram will now let users upload photos and videos from their laptops or ...
Instagram will now let users upload photos and videos from their laptops or ...

It's one of Instagram's most requested features, and now the social media app has confirmed that it will finally let users post photos and videos from their laptops and desktop computers, as well as from their smartphones. 

The feature has been tested on select users since July, but will be rolled out globally from Thursday, October 21.

The roll-out is likely to be welcomed by the Instagram community, who have been requesting the option for years. 

For example, last year one user tweeted: 'I would post to Instagram so much more if I could do it from my laptop.'

Meanwhile, another joked earlier this year: 'Instagram won't let me post from my laptop and I'm extremely salty about it.'  

The desktop upload roll-out is just one of a range of new features set to be released over the course of the next few days. 

Other exciting updates include a way to more easily collaborate with others, and the option to host fundraisers from a profile. 

Instagram will allows its users to post photos and videos from their laptops and desktop computers for the first time, as part of a string of new updates

Instagram will allows its users to post photos and videos from their laptops and desktop computers for the first time, as part of a string of new updates

Other new features announced by the image and video sharing app include collaborations in feed posts and reels and fundraiser prompts

Other new features announced by the image and video sharing app include collaborations in feed posts and reels and fundraiser prompts

WHEN ARE THE NEW FEATURES BEING LAUNCHED? 

Tuesday, October 19

Collabs: Allows two users to share the same post by tagging the other user - creating one post on both accounts. 

Wednesday, October 20

Fundraiser Prompts: Will allow users to host a fundraiser from their account for a nonprofit organisation. 

Thursday, October 21

Superbeat + Dynamic Lyrics: Will allow Reels users add lyrics and effects to their music-related videos. 

Feed Creation on IG Desktop Web: Lets people share photos and short videos from a web browser. 

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Some features have been tested on a handful of users in different parts of the world, but this is the first time they are being rolled out globally to all users. 

'Instagram is always working on giving creators new ways to tell their stories, connect with their audiences and express themselves,' a spokesperson said.

The firm dubbed this a 'week of daily product drops' focusing on the Feed and Reels features of Instagram.

It includes new tools and features within the app that would 'help people take their content to the next level and connect better with their audiences.'

Collabs 

The first of the services to be widely rolled out this week is Collabs, which is launching today.

This builds on the informal processes already used by people to create shared posts and content on Instagram. 

To make that easier, Instagram engineers have been testing a new way for people to co-author Feed Posts and Reels, and have called the new feature Collabs. 

'From the tagging screen, you can now invite another account to be a collaborator on the post or reel,' a spokesperson explained. 

'If they accept, both accounts will appear in the post or Reels header, and it will be shared to both sets of followers.'

This makes it easier to do something many creators already do, but rather than having to download and share another user's post, it can be done with a tag.

'The post or Reel will live on both Profile Grids and have a shared view count, like count, and comment thread,' the spokesperson explained.

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