If you use Instagram long enough, you should know already that everyone posts their photos, videos and stories using the Instagram app on their phones. Most social media platforms can work on both smartphones and personal desktops (PC or Mac), but not Instagram. But what if we told you that you can do it from your computer?
Sure, posting on Instagram from your smartphone is quick and easy. So why bother to post your updates from computer? Well, why not?
Maybe you want to post a photo that you have on your computer but not on your phone. Wouldn’t it be better if you could skip the hassle of transferring your photo from computer to your smartphone? That will save you a lot of time, right?
If you are already hooked to the idea, then keep reading. We’ll show you how to post on Instagram from your computer. Not many people know how to do it since the ways on doing it is not obvious. But it is not impossible to do. In fact, it is not that hard to do.
How to Post on Instagram Online Without a Mobile Device
Again, you might be thinking — why would you want to do this? Well, that is a question you need to ask yourself.
If you are a photographer, or a photography enthusiasts who capture sharp, beautiful and professional images using a traditional Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, then you may have every reason to post on Instagram directly from your computer
This method is not only limited to photographers but also influencers and businesses who need to constantly send everything from desktop to phone, and post manually.
You may likely want to edit your photos and upload them to Google Drive, Google Photos, or Dropbox, and then download them to your smartphone, where they eventually go to Instagram. What a process!
Isn’t it easier for you to just do everything on one device, your computer? You can easily do it with just a few simple steps using the Google Chrome browser.
(Disclaimer: I am using Windows, so the screenshots may vary for Mac users. Nevertheless, all the options should look the same!)
Here’s how you can do it:
First of all, go to the Instagram official website and log in. Once you are on the platform, right-click anywhere in the browser window and select Inspect.
You will see it at the bottom of the drop-down menu that pops up. Alternatively, you can press on CTRL, SHIFT and I — capital letter i on the keyboard to open Chrome’s code inspector tool.
Your screen will be divided into two, with your Instagram account on the left and the code content on the right.It can be confusing to look at, but don’t let the code intimidate you. Just ignore all of the code.
Instead, take a good look at the top of the Inspector window and you will find a small icon that resembles a tablet and a phone. Here’s a screenshot of it (highlighted in red) that you can refer to:
If you cannot see step 2 to 4 from your device, then click on the Continue or Next button.
If you can see the icon, click on it and you will notice that the left side of the screen change.
You will notice the word Responsive (with a clickable arrow) highlighted in red just above your Instagram account on the right. Click on it and you will see a drop down of different phone or tablet options to choose from. Select whichever that is the closest to your device.
Depending on which option you choose, your Instagram screen should be able to fit to the window option. If you don’t see the option closest to your device, click on Edit and you will me more choices under Emulated Devices. Tick the boxes that are relevant to you.
Once your Instagram screen fits to the window option, you should be able to see your account properly, from username to photo gallery. Scroll down to see more photos.
By now, your screen should look like your Instagram mobile app. You should be able to see everything, including the plus (+) button for uploading photos and videos at the bottom of the screen.
In case you still do not see it, then you should refresh your browser by clicking on F5 on your PC keyboard or the Reload this page button on the left side of the address bar.
Once refreshed, you should be able to see the plus button.
If you click the upload button right in Chrome, then you will see a dialogue box pops up. You can select the folder where you store the photo you wish to upload to your Instagram. Select the photo you wish to upload and it will appear on your Instagram screen. Here is an example:
Feel free to adjust the position of the photo and select the part you wish to use. I was not able to zoom in and out the photo, though. So if you plan on using this method, you should edit your photo the way you like it before you are ready to post it on Instagram.
Then, click on Next to go to the next phase where you add caption. Write your caption like you always do and add relevant hashtags for the photo. If you do not want to add a caption to your photo, then that’s fine, too.
You can also add your location and tag people. When adding your location, Instagram will ask you to share your location. Click on Allow. Once you are ready to share, click on Share. Your photo will instantly show up on your photo gallery.
Other than Google Chrome, you can also opt for Safari. It is fairly easy to use. Just follow these steps:
- Open Safari and go to Preferences. Then, select Advanced. Select the option Show Develop menu in menu bar at the very bottom.
- Open a private browsing window and go to Develop. Select User Agent, then Safari — iOS 10 — iPhone.
- Now go to Instagram.com and sign in. Then, click on the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload your content.
While this method seems simple and easy to use, it has many limitations. The interface may look similar to Instagram on mobile, but it does not offer users all its editing tools. Furthermore, users can only post single photos and videos. This is absolutely great if you already have a fully-edited photo ready to get posted.
Using Third-party Tools
Alternatively, you can use an online scheduling tool for social media like HootSuite. Simply choose the photos you want to post and manually schedule them for Instagram.
Or you can use Bluestacks, an Android emulator for your computer that offers all the features you can find on the Instagram android app. To use it, all you need is a Google account. You can use Bluestacks from PC or Mac.
What’s great about it is that it does not miss out any of Instagram’s mobile features. The only downside of using Bluestacks is that it does not offer the option to uploading your content in bulk or sharing your posts to multiple accounts.
Another great option for posting on Instagram from PC is Deskgram, which is a desktop app that enables you to post to Instagram from PC or Mac. The app also allows you to browse, comment and like Instagram posts, just as you would on the Instagram app. Awesome, right?
With Deskgram, you can upload photos and videos, play with filters, trim videos, tag other people and browse for hashtags. Unfortunately, posting videos to Instagram via Deskgram is currently not available on Windows. And the app is not free.
There is a $2.99 monthly fee. You can, however, use the app’s free version, but it does not include uploading. What’s the point of using it if you cannot upload your content?
Hey, there’s a better way to post on Instagram from PC! Why not get the Instagram app for PC? It’s now available for Windows 10 on Windows store! With the app, you can edit your photos and videos, use filters, combine multiple clips into one video, post photos, videos and Instagram stories, send DM, and search for new accounts to follow.
Unfortunately, the features may vary by device type. Some devices may not be able to support certain feature, even capture or upload photos and videos.
What do you think of this method? Do you find posting on Instagram better from PC or the Instagram app? Share your thoughts with us!