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How To Turn Your Browser Into a Mobile Phone

This should really be called “How to Post on Instagram Without a Phone,” but I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention. *Koff

I found this really neat way to use certain online services without the need for third party programs like BlueStacks. All you gotta do is go to: Tools –> Web Developer –> Web console.

Note: this method also works on Chrome. I don’t use Chrome so there won’t be any screenshots on how to do this on Chrome, but the method is similar. So between Firefox and Chrome, it should be fairly simple to find the similarities to make this tutorial work. This method was actually originally derived from a tutorial for Chrome ha ha.


This screen should pop up. Look for the button that I’ve marked with a red arrow, and click on it.

Your browser should now function like a mobile phone.

In the “Custom User Agent” field, type in a custom mobile phone user agent. This is the ID that you will be sending to Instagram to notify them of what device you normally would be using if this had been an actual phone.

You can search for user agent strings on the net, but I’ve listed a few of the common ones down below.

For Samsung Galaxy s8 type in:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 7.0; SM-G892A Build/NRD90M; wv) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/60.0.3112.107 Mobile Safari/537.36

For Apple iPhone XS (Chrome) type in:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 12_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) CriOS/69.0.3497.105 Mobile/15E148 Safari/605.1

For Apple iPhone XR (Safari) type in:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 12_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/12.0 Mobile/15E148 Safari/604.1

For Apple iPhone Max (Firefox) type in:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 12_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) FxiOS/13.2b11866 Mobile/16A366 Safari/605.1.15


This will let you upload pictures to Instagram from your PC. You should now have the ability to post comments, leave likes, and follow other people on Instagram. The only thing it won’t let you do is post stories, because it prompts you to “rotate your device,” which even if you do, it still won’t let you complete the transaction.


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