How To Post To Instagram From PC or Mac

Wondering how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac? You’re in the right place…

To the dismay of people all over the world, Instagram does not allow us to upload photos or videos to our profiles from the desktop site. This is an intentional move from Instagram to encourage mobile use of the app and engagement with other users. However, for many photographers, influencers and businesses whose content has been taken or filmed on a camera, the task of sending everything from desktop to phone to post manually can be very time-consuming!

Luckily, there are a few ways around this issue using third-party tools or clever desktop hacks. We’ve compiled lots of info from the web about how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac and put it into this handy guide!

  1. Changing Browser User Agent
  2. Third Party Tools
  3. Scheduling Tools

Changing Browser User Agent

This may sound complicated, but is probably one of the simplest ways to post to Instagram from PC or Mac. It requires no third-party site or download, and is completely free, however, the method is very basic and does not work with video files or gallery posts.

In his in-depth guide, David Coleman explains that ‘the user agent is a piece of code that the browser sends to the website to tell it information about the browser and operating system you’re using’. Essentially, on the desktop version of Instagram you can tell your browser that you’re viewing the site on a mobile, and then the ‘upload’ button that is usually unavailable will appear. Here’s how to do it:

(Disclaimer: I’m using Mac so the screenshots will vary for Windows users, but all the same options should be there!) 

Chrome

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Open the Developer Tools on your Chrome browser via the View menu…
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Then the console will open. Click on this icon to change the user agent…
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In this drop down menu, select a mobile model from the list of devices. I chose iPhone 6/7/8…
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This will change the view of the browser to a mobile screen and the upload button will appear… Note: if it doesn’t appear straight away, navigate on to a different page and back.
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The upload button will automatically open your computer’s files…
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Select a photo. You then have the option to rotate and also to zoom out if it’s a portrait or landscape image…
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You have a range of the Instagram filters available, although not the editing tools. When you’re ready, press next as you would on mobile…
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On the review page you can add a caption and location, but are not able to tag accounts or share on other social networks. Click share and the post will be published on your profile!

Safari

In order to change the user agent on Safari, you must enable the ‘Develop’ menu by going to: Safari > Preferences > Advanced and enabling the option ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’.

Once this is done you can follow these steps…

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Once the Develop menu has been added to your Safari navigation bar, hover over the User Agent drop down and select the iPhone option…
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This will cause the upload button to appear in the bottom of the browser…
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Clicking upload will take you to your files…
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Select a photo, add a filter, and click next…
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Publish to your profile using the Share button in the top right hand corner!

Summary:

Whilst this is a simple and free solution to post to Instagram from PC or Mac, there are many limitations. Despite the interface being almost identical to Instagram on mobile, it is missing all its editing tools and the ability to post multiple photos and videos. This is a handy quick fix if your photos are ready to go on your desktop or USB and you don’t have time to transfer them over to your phone!

✅ Free ✅ Filters
✅ Photo 🚫 Editing Tools
🚫 Video ✅ Captions
✅ Mac 🚫 First Comment
✅ Windows ✅ Tag Locations
🚫 Carousel Posts 🚫 Tag Accounts
🚫 Bulk Upload 🚫 Multiple Accounts

Plan & schedule Instagram posts ahead of time.

Video, gallery, image & text only posts

Fully automated. No ’reminders’

Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

START PLANNING YOUR POSTS NOW

Third-Party Tools

The other way to post to Instagram from your PC or Mac is to use a third-party tool. These are programmes you can download to your desktop or use online which post to your account for you. We took a look at the ones available online and have summarised them below!

Bluestacks

Bluestacks in an Android emulator for your Mac or PC and offers a scaled back version of the Instagram android app, all you need is a Google account. This is the most similar method to the ones listed above, as it simply allows you to use the mobile app on desktop without any additional features such as bulk upload etc. Here’s how it works:

Once you download Bluestacks on to your computer, you will need to upload your content into the Media Manager on the platform. Then simply search for Instagram using the search bar in the top right hand corner of the App Center, and click Install.

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Once in Bluestacks, install Instagram (Image source: support.bluestacks.com)

Once you open Instagram, the platform interface will change to the dimensions and view of the android app, similar to changing the user agent on Chrome.

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Image source: https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-upload-photos-to-instagram-from-a-pc-or-mac

This is a good way to post to Instagram from PC or Mac. Instagram on Bluestacks works exactly the same way as it does on mobile (UPDATE: As of Sept 2018 Bluestacks no longer supports video). It is therefore a better alternative to changing the user agent on your browser, as you can edit posts, and share to other social networks. The downside to Bluestacks comes if you want to upload in bulk, share your posts to multiple accounts, or schedule in advance.

For an in-depth tutorial of how to post to Instagram from PC or Mac with Bluestacks, watch ZR3D’s Youtube guide from earlier this year.

✅ Free ✅ Filters
✅ Photo ✅ Editing Tools
🚫 Video ✅ Captions
✅ Mac 🚫 First Comment
✅ Windows ✅ Tag Locations
✅ Carousel Posts ✅ Tag Accounts
🚫 Bulk Upload 🚫 Multiple Accounts

Download Bluestacks here.

Deskgram

Deskgram is a desktop app that lets you post to Instagram from PC or Mac, as well as browsing, commenting and liking posts as you would on the mobile app.

You can upload photos and videos – although video is not currently supported on Windows – use filters, trim video, tag other accounts in posts and hashtag search.

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Image source: http://macgenius.co/app/Deskgram/1110047833
post to Instagram from PC or Mac
Image source: http://macgenius.co/app/Deskgram/1110047833

Pricing:

  • $2.99 monthly

There is a free version which does not include uploading. You need to download this free version and then ‘upgrade’ in order to access the paid version.

Summary:

A useful but slightly basic tool to post to Instagram from PC or Mac. The lack of video upload for Windows is a downside, and as you can’t upload in bulk it does not offer anything additional from Bluedesk, which is a free service.

🚫 Free 🚫 Filters
✅ Photo 🚫 Editing Tools
🚫 Video ✅ Captions
✅ Mac 🚫 First Comment
🚫 Windows 🚫 Tag Locations
🚫 Carousel Posts 🚫 Tag Accounts
🚫 Bulk Upload ✅ Multiple Accounts

Download Deskgram here.

Uplet (Mac Only)

Uplet is a downloadable Instagram uploader exclusively for Mac. You can bulk upload photos and videos from your computer and send them straight to your Instagram profile with a caption, all you need to do is download it and log in with your Instagram details. A recent update now also allows you to send posts to multiple Instagram accounts that you manage.

The programme has a very simple interface as you can see from the screenshots below:

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Photo source: https://getuplet.com/

Uplet lacks any filters or editing features, although you are able to shrink your posts to make them portrait or landscape. If uploading video to the programme, ensure it is ready to go with Instagram’s 60 second limit, as Uplet does not have in-app trimming features.

Pricing:

  • Personal License (for 1 Mac) $19.95
  • Team License (for 5 Macs) $49.95
  • Business License (for 1 Mac) $49.95

Summary:

Uplet is a useful tool if you always use Mac, edit your photos and videos on other software and are looking to upload in bulk! The price is a one-off fee for full use of the product.

🚫 Free 🚫 Filters
✅ Photo 🚫 Editing Tools
✅ Video ✅ Captions
✅ Mac 🚫 First Comment
🚫 Windows 🚫 Tag Locations
🚫 Carousel Posts 🚫 Tag Accounts
✅ Bulk Upload ✅ Multiple Accounts

Scheduling From Desktop

Another way to post to Instagram from PC or Mac is with a scheduling tool. This offers similar features to the instant services detailed above, but also allows you to bulk upload and schedule your content to post automatically in the future. Scheduling Instagram content saves heaps of time, and allows teams and individuals to be extra organised when planning what to post and when!

⭐ Check out our How To Schedule Instagram Posts guide here

Hopper HQ

Using Hopper HQ, you can post photos and videos to Instagram from your desktop with ease, and can choose between sending them instantly or scheduling for the future. Hopper HQ is a fully-automated tool, which means your posts go directly to Instagram when you set them to, without sending any notifications to your phone to post them manually. Here’s how it works:

When you make an account with Hopper HQ and log in to your dashboard, you are greeted by the Queue, which shows all of your current scheduled posts colour coded by day of the week…

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The home page of Hopper HQ where all your scheduled posts live

By clicking on ‘New Posts’ in the top right corner you are taken to a window where you are able to upload 50 photos or videos at once. To post to Instagram from PC or Mac with Hopper HQ, you’re able to upload files from your device, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, Box, URL or web search. This is great if you work collaboratively with online file sharing sites and want to post to Instagram from your desktop.

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The bulk uploader on Hopper HQ

If your images are not the correct size for Instagram, you will see an alert and be taken to the photo editor. Here you can crop your photo with Hopper HQ’s easy pre-set dimensions for portrait and landscape photos, as well as apply any filters or edits.

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Edit your posts for Instagram with Hopper HQ image editor

Once you’ve made any edits, you can write captions for all of your uploads, as well as first comments for your hashtags. You then have the choice to ‘Post Now’, schedule a time, or save as a draft (a handy feature if you’re working in a team). If you decide you want to post the same photo to another Instagram account, or even a Facebook or Twitter page, you can easily add accounts underneath the photo using the plus icon.

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Schedule your Instagram posts with captions and first comments in advance on Hopper HQ

Now your uploads will appear in the queue! Any changes can be easily made by dragging and dropping, and the Instagram Grid Planner shows you an accurate view of what your feed will look like on Instagram once all the posts in your queue have been published.

Hopper HQ also has a calendar view to easily keep track of your posting consistency, as well as detailed Analytics to monitor the success of your content and inform you of your audience demographics!

Schedule your Instagram posts.

Fully automated posts. No phone required.

Pricing:

Hopper HQ works on a subscription basis by number of accounts, starting at:

  • 1 Instagram + 1 Facebook account + 1 Twitter for $19 monthly, or $16 monthly if paying annually

The more accounts you add, the cheaper the tool becomes.
Take a look at the pricing calculator to find out more!

Summary:

Hopper HQ does far more than post to Instagram from PC or Mac. It has been built to help people manage Instagram at scale, and is constantly adding more features to make the process even easier.

Try it out for yourself with a 14-day trial and start scheduling now!

🚫 Free ✅ Filters
✅ Photo ✅ Editing Tools
✅ Video ✅ Captions
✅ Mac ✅ First Comment
✅ Windows 🚫 Tag Locations
🚫 Carousel Posts 🚫 Tag Accounts
✅ Bulk Upload ✅ Multiple Accounts

Plan & schedule Instagram posts ahead of time.

Video, gallery, image & text only posts

Fully automated. No ’reminders’

Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

START PLANNING YOUR POSTS NOW

Got a touchscreen Windows 10 computer? Click here for a guide on how to post to Instagram using it!

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