Update: 10 May 2017
Now, you don’t need any third party software to upload pictures to Instagram from the computer. From today onwards, Instagram mobile sites allow uploading pictures. And you have used this workaround on PC as well. Just change your desktop browser to mobile by going to developer option. And it works like a charm.
Watch the following quick video to get started or read this full tutorial here.
Want to post photos on Instagram from Computer? Well, after reading this post you’ll a crystal clear idea of all the available options and which one is best for you.
Instagram is tailored to capture the best moments from your smartphone. But what if you don’t own a smartphone or you want to bulk post/schedule photos for some Instagram campaign? Then it does make sense to upload photos to Instagram from Computer. Right?
From the desktop version of Instagram, you can create a new account, browse your Instagram feed and like/comment on the friend’s photos. But there is no option to post photos (or videos) to Instagram from the computer.
But thankfully, there are many workarounds to upload Instagram photos from PC and MacOS
If you are not in the mood of reading a long article, watch the following video for all the possible ways to upload pictures to Instagram from Computer. Or else continue reading.
Post on Instagram From Computer
#1 Android Emulator
Android emulators are software, that lets you run Android apps on Computer.
People who don’t have smartphones, use emulators to run their favorite Android apps on the computer. First, you have to install the Android emulator on your computer and then you run an Android apps inside the emulator.
The most popular android emulator is bluestacks. But it’s not easy to install. Especially if your computer do not have a graphic card. One way to deal with this problem is to try bluestacks alternatives and the one that we recommend is Gennymotion.
Gennymotion is free for personal use. And basically an optimized version of VirtualBox. To get gennymotion, head over to their official website and create a free account, and only then you’ll see the download link. So, download the setup and install it on your computer. Once you install GennyMotion, you need to install devices in it, just like you do with VirtualBox. Yes, installing Google Play service on it was a pain. But, after a bit of google search, I was able to make it work.
Following is the screenshot of Instagram running on GennyMotion.
Gramblr is the second most popular way to post on Instagram from computer (PC and Mac). And it also lets you upload videos.
According to Instagram policies, you can’t use their API to post images from the computer. But still, gramblr manages to do it, somehow.
So is gramblr illegal? Well, we don’t know for sure. But we do know is, many people are using gramblr for a long time now. And Instagram has banned no one yet. At least not for using 3rd party Instagram client. So you are pretty safe in that area.
Since gramblr is not an official Instagram app,
you will have to manually apply the filters and also crop it square before uploading (no longer needed).
Update: Now, Gramblr lets you crop pictures, apply filters, schedule photos and have multiple Instagram accounts. You can even upload videos to Instagram using Gramblr. I tried both the Mac and Windows version of Gramblr and they work flawlessly. Overall, if you don’t have any specific requirement, then gramblr is what you should use. It’s reliable, free and has all the feature you need.
If you are just getting started with it, watch this video tutorial on how to use gramblr.
Video starts at 0.50 sec
#3 Upload Instagram photos from PC
There are two ways to post on Instagram from a laptop.
1. InstaPic (which is a third-party Windows app)
2. Instagram official Windows 10 app (kind of)
InstaPic is the least popular way to upload pictures to Instagram from the PC. Mostly because it’s a Windows app and work only on Windows 8 (or higher). Though it gives you pure Instagram-like experience, i.e. you can create a new Instagram account, upload pictures from your computer, apply a filter, crop it etc.
The app makes money from the sponsored post just like you get from Instagram. So, you can be assured they are not making money by selling you data. Surprising the app also support multiple accounts, but unfortunately, there is no support for video, scheduling.
On the other hand, you can also use Instagram official Windows 10 app to post photos from your laptop. But the catch here is, you need to have a touch screen laptop running Windows 10. Basically, this app was meant for windows 10 tablet. And the interesting thing here is, Instagram didn’t even mention the PC part, in the press released. Guess, they really don’t want people to post on Instagram from computer.
This video explains how to install and use InstaPic on Windows computer. If you face problem installing it, try after some time. It will work then.
#4 Post pictures to Instagram From Mac OS
Like Windows, MacOS also has some apps that let you bulk upload photos on Instagram from Mac.
A popular one is Uploader for Instagram which is available on Mac App store for $4.99. The good thing about this app is, how simple it’s. Once you install the app, find a photo you want to upload to on Instagram, right-click on it, scroll down to the options and select Share to Instagram. A small window will open where you can apply filters and finally publish your photos to Instagram directly from your Mac’s OS.
If you are looking for alternative try Uplet ($9). Like the former one, Uplet also do no support for video, scheduling or multiple accounts
It has a free trial on their website.
#5 ARC Welder
Update: It’s not working well now.
ARC Welder is chrome extension, that lets you run Android apps on the computer. Google made this for developers, to test their apps. But we can also use it to upload pictures to Instagram from the computer.
It’s easy to install, works on all operating system and gives your pure Android-like experience without breaking any Instagram rules.
Start by installing this extension from Chrome store. Once the download is completed, launch the app.
Since it does not come with built-in Play Store like bluestacks, you will have to import an Instagram .apk to it. And run it, like you run any Android app.
Video tutorial on how to use ARC Welder.
#6 LR/Instagram plugin
Many advanced photographers edit their images on Adobe lightroom (an image processor similar to Photoshop). And later move those pictures to their smartphone, so that they can publish them on Instagram. Quite tedious. Right?
So, the new lightroom plugin — LR/Instagram, solve this problem. Simply put, it lets you publish any images from Lightroom directly to Instagram. The good part is, the plugin is free ($10 optional donation) and works for both PC and Mac version of Lightroom. However, if you don’t already have Lightroom, then it does not make sense to buy such an expensive software just for this simple feature. (Video demo)
#7 Online Scheduling Services
Now, although this is not a standalone way to upload pictures to Instagram from your computer, it does help in certain situations. For instance, if you are running an Instagram campaign for your businesses, then this method is useful to bulk upload photos to Instagram on your computer without compromising the image quality.
But since Instagram do not officially allow, uploading photos or videos from computer, most online scheduling service will ask to tap on the push notification to finally publish the photos.
In simple words, here is how they work.
Go to online service and upload the pictures with the captions and hashtags. Now, you can either choose to publish that photo now or schedule it for later. Next, you’ll get a push notification on your smartphone, tap on that and it’ll open the Instagram app on your smartphone with the photos and caption already on it. And all you have to do is, tap on the share button.
Now, which service should you choose, depends on what feature you want. There are many online Instagram Scheduler in the market, some are free other are paid. We tried three popular ones — Hootsuite, Schedugram and Later. And after weighing their pros and cons, we recommend Hootsuite. It’s free for 3 accounts, works well and has all the necessary options.
Following video demonstrate, how set up HootSuite to upload pictures to Instagram from computer
#8 Instagram from Computer – Chrome Extension
I was quite surprised by this chrome extension. Like gramblr, this extension also lets you upload pictures to Instagram from your computer but without giving any explanation on how it works.
But does it actually works? Well yes, but with few hiccups here and there. For instance, the first time, I tried to upload photos, there was an error message, saying my Instagram account (used a test account for this) was blocked. Though, I was later able to unlock it with a simple verification code send to my register email address. And, the second time, I tried this app, it worked flawlessly. So yeah, it does work, but it only supports jpg format.
The good thing about Instagram for computer is that since it’s a chrome extension, it’ll work on every platform whether it’s Windows, Mac OS or even Linux. While the bad part is, in order to use this app, you have to enter your Instagram login credentials. There is no API sharing like we have in Hootsuite, and it definitely leads to some trust issues.
Well, there are many ways upload photos to Instagram from Computer. Like a chrome extension, a Mac OS app, a Windows app or even light room plugin. There is no perfect app that works in every situation, but depending on what you want do, some apps may outperform the others.
Which app do you use to post on Instagram from computer? Let us know in comments.