Select the photo or video or GIF you wish to post from your phone's library or snap a new image with your smartphone camera. To make a multi-image post — you can use up to 10 pictures in one post — tap the gray circle with an image of layered squares and then tap the images you'd like to use.
Choose the picture s you want to post. Hit "Next" at the top of the screen, then select your filter if you wish to use one, and hit "Edit" to make other changes to the way the image's crop, brightness, saturation, and more. Apply filters or edit manually. Hit "Next" to add text and location, tag people, and pair other platforms — like Facebook or Twitter — to syndicate your post there, too. Finalize your post and hit Share. Instagram is designed only to allow image uploads from a smartphone or tablet, but you can trick Instagram into thinking you are using a mobile device, after which you can make posts right from your computer.
Open the Safari browser, then click the word "Safari" from the taskbar at the top of the screen. Select "Preferences" from the dropdown menu, then hit the "Advanced" tab on the popup window. At the bottom of the Advanced window, click the box beside the words "Show Develop menu in menu bar. Open a new Safari window, and then hit word "Develop" from the taskbar at the screen's top. You are now viewing Safari as if you're on a mobile device and you can upload images or other media right from your computer.
However, note that uploading from a computer does have some constraints — you can't post videos or multiple pictures, and have limited editing tools. Right-click anywhere on the page, and then click "Inspect" in the right-click menu. On the right side of the screen, a window filled with code will appear. For the uninitiated, the user agent is a small bit of information your browser sends to websites so they know a little bit about your computer. Then press F12 to open the Developer Console.
Click the Plus icon in the bottom-center and you can add a photo from your PC. On the resulting screen, use Edit to tweak the photo and Filter to change its look. Click Next for the final steps of adding a location, tagging others, including the best Instagram hashtags , and posting a caption.
It has given us all so much. It was really, really frustrating, tearing me up from the inside. That being said, the fact that Instagram is designed to be a mobile-only app can be a true headache for serious photographers. Works like a charm! Instead of having to spend hours a day engaging, I can simply use the app, put in a hashtag and engage automatically with people without having to lift a single finger. LumaFusion is a good app for iPhone to import and edit videos shot on an iPhone using their native app, or FilmicPro.
If neither of the above solutions work for you, you can go further and emulate Android on your computer for free. This allows you to access the true Instagram app and do everything with it that you would on your phone.
The easiest way to do this is with BlueStacks , though you have plenty of other ways to emulate Android in Windows All you need to do is download BlueStacks, sign in with a Google account, search for Instagram, and log into your Instagram account. Watch the video below for more details. We detailed how to change your user agent in Chrome above, which will also work on a Mac. Switch to the Advanced tab and check the box at the bottom to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
Next, open the Instagram website and sign in. From there, just follow the steps to edit, add a filter if you wish, and post. You can emulate Android apps on macOS as easily as you can on Windows.
These include Gramblr, Flume, Uplet, and similar. I prepare all my images in Photoshop, add a small copyright signature, plus a small black border before uploading. Grids for Instagram allows you to create carousels too, those multiple stacked images that visitors to your page can swipe left to view.
You can easily add caption text and if necessary, edit or add to the caption once posted. Adding a location is a snap, by typing in a location, then selecting from a drop down menu of listed locations.
Sometimes the exact place you took a photo might not be available, so a general listing might be best. You can also view your images on your laptop or computer monitor in four different formats — Square, Brief caption info hidden Vertical and Horizontal — the latter two displaying your caption info and comments received. A square at the bottom right on a posted image, allows you to view your images, or others, in a full screen mode. This allows you to check the quality. Click to enlarge, click to return to normal. The app lists your number of posts, followers, who you are following, plus your saved and archived images.
Basically most of what you can do on your iPhone, but instead on your laptop, with the advantage of a larger keyboard! The one flaw I miss, but not a deal breaker. Hope this helps! Wow, thanks for the comment Frederic! I keep getting an error message on my phone preventing me from uploading any video content and cannot for the life of me figure out how to fix it!!
Maybe try using one of the computer apps listed in this article then Andy — there are several that support direct video uploads to Instagram. LumaFusion is a good app for iPhone to import and edit videos shot on an iPhone using their native app, or FilmicPro. How to post on Instagram from PC or Mac.
Usnea Lebendig. Mark Condon on April 10, at pm. Andy Hardy on April 9, at am. Any Idea on how to upload video? Frederic Hore on April 20, at am. Mel on April 2, at am. Thank you so much for sharing, I greatly appreciate it.