A Quick And Easy Guide For How To Post Pictures On Instagram

Maybe in the year 2030, babies will be born knowing how to post pictures on Instagram. But, for now, there’s no reason to feel ashamed about not understanding the ins and out of the world’s #1 photo-sharing app.

Instagram sparks joy for us, and we want to invite you to join the fun. If you’ve heard the buzz but aren’t sure what your first step should be, then this quick and easy guide for how to post pictures on Instagram is for you!

Before You Post: Before you can start raking in those likes and comments, you’ll need to download the Instagram app and set up an Instagram account.

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #1

Once you’ve downloaded the Instagram app and set up an account, you’re ready to get started. Fire up the app, and let’s do this thing.

In the app, you’ll see a stationary bar located at the bottom of your screen. This navigation bar will take you anywhere you need to go within Instagram.

To post pictures on Instagram, you need to tap the center icon. It’s a plus sign inside a square box.

The first step for how to post pictures on Instagram is to select the "add a photo" icon.

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #2

After tapping the “add a post” icon, it’s time to select the media you want to share.

Because they love us, Instagram gives us options. You can choose something from your library, or—if you’re feeling spontaneous—take a photo or video on the spot from within the app.

Just tap “Photo” or “Video” at the bottom of the screen to perform the latter. Personally, we like to post pictures or videos we’ve previously taken.

To make finding your media even faster, tap “All Photos” at the top of the screen (located between “Cancel” and “Next). Instagram will present a dropdown menu showing all the locations of photos and videos in your phone.

Isn’t organization wonderful?

The second step for how to post pictures on Instagram is to select the type of media you want to share.

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #3

Before you move on to editing your media selection, it’s important to take note of all the options available to you.

In the bottom righthand corner of whatever photo or video is presently selected, you’ll see three black circles with white icons in the center of each.

The first, an infinity symbol, represents Boomerang. Boomerang is a partner app of Instagram that allows users to make short, repeating videos.

Next, the second icon is an outline of a collage,  and it represents Layout. Like Boomerang, Layout is a partner app of Instagram that allows users to fit multiple photos into one post.

The third and final icon is multiple squares overlaying one another. Unlike Boomerang and Layout, you don’t need to download anything to use this feature. Tap the third icon to create a carousel post.

Traditionally, when you post pictures on Instagram, it’s a single post. However, the carousel icon allows you to choose multiple photos or videos to share within one post. It’s different than Layout, which displays your photos in a collage.

A carousel post means users can view multiple photos by simply swiping.

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #4

Now that you’ve selected the media you want to post, you can tap the blue “Next” in the upper righthand corner of the app.

Instead of just posting whatever looking however, Instagram gives you the opportunity to edit your photo.

The app provides a variety of filters to choose from as well as a way to increase or decrease the strength of the filters (tap the “half-shaded sun” icon at the top of the screen).

You can also select “Edit” at the bottom of the screen to make a variety of adjustments including brightness, contrast and saturation.

Want to know how to post pictures on Instagram? One important step is to make edits and add Instagram filters.

Want To Learn More About Instagram Filters? Our guide has everything you need to know about Instagram filters!

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #5

Once you’ve got your photo or video looking fresh to death, tap “Next” in the upper righthand corner.

It’s almost time to post your picture on Instagram, but there’s a few very important finishing touched you need to put on first.

At the top of the screen, you’ll see a place to write a caption. Not sure what to say? We’ve got you covered in this guide for writing good Instagram captions.

Next, you’ll see an option to “Tag People.” If there are people (or brands) you want to associate with your photo, select the arrow and search their username to tag them.

Never forget to add your location! If you don’t see your location (wherever you took the photo) as an option, just tap the arrow to search for it. Adding your location is a great way to connect with new followers and get your post noticed.

Finally, there are options to share your Instagram post on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. As long as you have those accounts linked, you can just flip the toggle to blue, and your post will automatically show up on those social media sites as soon as you hit “Share.”

This guide has everything you need for how to post pictures on Instagram.

How To Post Pictures On Instagram: Step #6

You’ve put in the work, now it’s time to show the world what you’ve created.

Tap the blue “Share” button in the upper righthand corner to upload your post to Instagram.

Congratulations! You now know how to post pictures on Instagram.

What’s Next?

If you’re anything like us, we know you’re going to be HOOKED after you post your first picture on Instagram. Let’s keep this party going, what do you say?

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By Alex

When she's not writing about the Gram, you can find Alex curled up with a book, reaching for another taco or watching anything (okay, everything) starring Winona Ryder. An avid traveler, she regularly posts photos of her life abroad in Mexico. If Alex could switch Instagram accounts with one celebrity, it would *hands down* be Chrissy Teigen.

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