How to post on Instagram from a computer (desktop PC, laptop, Mac)?
Do you know that Instagram was created as a mobile app for fast photo sharing? Later, there appeared a web-version of the service. You can do almost everything in it – check your feed, like pics, follow your friends and search for the posts. And here arises the question:
can you post to Instagram from a computer?
Yes! But you can’t post to Instagram from the computer as you do on your phone. There is simply no button to click on to upload your photo and video to Instagram from PC. So what to do if you have some cool photos from your digital camera that you want to post to Instagram without uploading them to your smartphone?
In today’s post, we’ll show you how to post on Instagram on a computer. It doesn’t matter whether you use a desktop PC, a laptop, Windows, or Mac. Let’s start with the freeways. Maybe, in the beginning, it will seem a bit complicated but trust us – it’s as easy as ABC. You should only try it once!
According to the statistics, more than 63% of users prefer Google Chrome to surf the Net. On the 2nd place, there is Safari with 17% of users. Since you are likely to use one of these browsers, we’ll show you step by step how you can post on Instagram from a computer or Mac using Chrome or Safari.
Before going into details, please check the requirements for Instagram videos, carousel, and stories:
- The max video size is 4GB;
- The maximum fps is 30 frames per second;
- The maximum length is 60 seconds for a video and 15 seconds for a Story
you can even post DVD parts to your account. But you have to convert DVD to MP4 in advance & reduce your clip to 60 seconds.
As for the video resolution, the ideal Instagram dimensions are the following:
- Square video: min 600×600, max 1080×1080;
- Portrait video: min 600×750, max 1080×1350;
- Landscape video: min 600×315, max 1080×608;
- Carousel video: min 600×700, max 1080×1080;
- Stories: min 600×1067, max 1080×1920.
In case, your Instagram video size is more than 4GB or its dimensions are larger, you can always resize the video for Instagram following this guide.
HOW TO POST ON INSTAGRAM FROM A COMPUTER
To upload photos or videos on Instagram from the Google Chrome browser, first of all, open the official Instagram website and login into your account. Then follow the steps below:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + I on your keyboard to open the developer settings.
- Now press Ctrl + Shift + M or a tablet/phone icon to see your web page as if you were checking it from a mobile device.
- In the upper bar, select any mobile device. It absolutely doesn’t matter which one to choose
- Reload the Instagram page.
- Pay attention to the bottom of the page. You will see the usual buttons of the Instagram mobile app – like, feed, search…upload!
Now you only need to click the “+” button and select a photo or a video that you want to post on Instagram from a computer. Please note that not all video formats suit Instagram. In that case, use our free video converter to MP4 to turn any visual into an Insta-friendly file format.
In case you are using Safari, follow the guide below and post to Instagram from a desktop using Safari:
- Press Ctrl+ 6 top open Safari Settings.
- Click Advanced and select the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.
- Click Develop in the menu bar and then User-agent.
- Now select the iPhone.
- Reload the page.
All you need to do now is to click the “+” button at the bottom of the page to select the files that you want to upload to Instagram from the computer.
HOW TO UPLOAD TO INSTAGRAM FROM MAC
To start posting to Instagram from Mac, you can also go for Chrome or Safari. If you prefer Google Chrome, here are the steps to upload to Instagram from Mac with Chrome:
- Press Option + Command + I or click View – Developer – Developer Tools
- Then press Command + Shift + M (Toggle Device Toolbar)
- Pay attention to the top of the page. You will see a drop-down menu with the list of devices. Select any device from the list.
- Reload the page.
- Check the bottom of the page. There you will see the upload button.
Click it and add videos or images for your new Instagram post from Mac.
Safari fans can use the same trick as Chrome users. The idea is the same – make your Mac screen looks like the one of your phone or tablet. Let’s see how to post to Instagram from Mac using Safari.
The 1st step is the same as for Google Chrome – open Instagram in your browser and logs in to your account.
- Click Command + ,
- Then select User-agent from the drop-down menu.
- Now choose Safari – iOS version – iPhone from the available options.
- Reload the page.
Pay attention to the bottom of the reloaded Instagram page. There will appear the Instagram buttons that you usually see on the smartphone. Click the middle one to start posting to Instagram from Mac.
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Flume is a simple app for Mac OS users that you can get on the official developer’s website. It allows you to do everything that you usually do in the Instagram app: search for the posts, check the feed, like and comment posts, and, of course, add your photos, videos, and carousel posts. However, the last option is available only in the Pro-version which will cost you $10, a one-time fee.
To post to Instagram with Flume is very easy. You need to drag-n-drop your photos or videos to the software interface. Then add filters or adjustments if necessary, type the description and tag your friends. As you see, the procedure is absolutely the same as on the smartphone.
If you decide to go for Flume Pro, here are some great options that you will get for your $10:
- fast repost. As you know, it’s impossible to repost the posts in the Instagram official app. With Flume, you will be able to do it in just one click.
- column and grid layouts. If you want to enjoy pics without any text and comments, a grid 3×3 layout is right for you.
- easy AD recognition. You might have noticed that Instagram is full of content nowadays. Sometimes it’s even difficult to say whether it’s an ad or a pic made by a friend. Flude adds an AD tag to all sponsored posts so you can skip them right away.
- multiple accounts support. In case, you have many Instagram accounts, you can add them all to Flume and easily switch between them.
All in all, Flume seems to be a great deal for those who regularly post to Instagram from a Mac computer.
HOW TO POST ON INSTAGRAM ONLINE
There are many online services that you can use both on PC and Mac to schedule your social media posts. Many of them offer an option to post to Instagram. For example, Iconosquare or Hopper HQ. The process of posting to Instagram is the same for both of them:
- Register an account with Iconosquare or Hopper HQ. The latter will ask you to leave your credit card data that will be charged after the 14 days of the trial period. Iconosquare is also paid, but no credit card data is required.
- Connect your Instagram account. For Iconosquare, your Instagram account should be connected to your Facebook.
- Click the + or New Post button.
- Add your pics, carousel or videos.
- Schedule the post or send it to Instagram right away. Please note that you can auto-publish single photo posts only; for stories, carousels, and videos you’ll get a push notification at a scheduled time to complete the process manually.
Please note that both services are paid and are more suitable for business goals than for personal use. They provide advanced analytics options to track your brand success on Instagram.
Among other tools that you can find online and that promise you to post to Instagram from the computer or Mac, you can also find:
It was a simple app for posting to Instagram on Mac OS. Due to Instagram policy, it is not available anymore.
One more app for Mac and PC. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since 2016. We tried to use it, but it doesn’t work anymore.
LR/Instagram was a plugin for Lightroom that you could use to post to Instagram right from Lightroom. Since the summer of 2019, the plugin is not available.
As you can see there are several ways to post to Instagram from a computer whether it’s a desktop PC or Mac. Which one to choose, depends on your goals.
In case, you only need to post personal pictures, go for browser solutions. They are free and fast.
If you are an SMM manager and promote your goods on Instagram, your choice is one of the schedulers. They provide additional posting options, analytics reports, and multiple account support.
For Mac users who want to have one more beautiful and handy app to manage several Instagram accounts and repost pics, Flume will be a perfect option to upload photos and videos to Instagram.