Posting photos on Instagram can be as much confusing as it can be fun. Not so long ago, the only type of images Instagram supported was square which was limiting and frustrating, to say the least. An old-school format that needs change.
Recently, in an official post, Instagram announced that they would now support both landscape and portrait format, but only when you are posting multiple images and videos in a single post. Though the move was welcomed, it is still limiting because I can’t post vertical photos on Instagram.
Vertical Photos on Instagram
There are two options when you are cropping your images for Instagram:
- Portrait: 4:5
- Landscape: 1.91:1
Though Instagram is not perfect, there are ways to counter this problem. Some tools and apps will allow you to post vertical photos with a few clicks. Let’s see how.
1. No Crop and Square (Android)
Strange and curious name but a very popular app for those who are looking to upload vertical images on Instagram without having to crop them. No Crop and Square will allow you to post vertical pics like the one you see below.
The process is rather simple. You open the app and choose the image you want to share on Instagram. There are a number of filters and effects to choose from. You can apply any that takes your fancy. There are also smileys, stickers, emojis, and 3D emoticons if that is what you are looking for.
You can create a collage in no time. Just add all the images you want to add using the collage tile button. The ability to add text in different fonts, templates, and resize and rotate images makes No Crop and Square a complete Instagram app.
The app is free to use but ad-supported which you can remove by upgrading for just $0.99. In my experience, the ads were non-intrusive except for the full-screen popups.
Download No Crop and Square (Freemium)
2. Whitagram (iOS)
Whitegram does for iOS powered devices what No Crop does for Android. It allows you to post full-sized images and pics on Instagram without having to crop or resize them. Just choose the image you want to upload in vertical mode and the app will automagically crop it to perfection with a white background.
You see the beauty of it. By adding a white background, it fools Instagram into thinking that the image is a square one. There are other apps out there on the App Store that will give you the desired results.
Tip: Always choose the largest resolution when you are working with a vertical image.
Download Whiteagram (Free)
3. Pixlr (Online)
Here is the simplest trick in the book. There is a hidden option in Instagram that will allow you to upload vertical images if you know how to crop your images to the right dimension. You can do this on any platform because it is an online tool. Pixlr is a free to use and powerful image editor.
You begin by choosing an image and cropping it to 4:5 ratio. Pretty simple, right? Now, to upload an image to Instagram using your PC browser, you will have to spoof it. Follow this guide. It will tell you how to make Instagram think you are posting from your mobile when in reality, you are using your PC.
This is what your screen should like when you have spoofed your browser. You should see the familiar ‘+’ icon at the bottom to add a new image.
When you hit the plus icon and add an image, you should see a expand button that looks like an arrow from either end.
Clicking on that button will post your image in the original 4:5 ratio portrait mode. You will also notice that there are no borders in the white or black background. No more square images that can be annoying as hell when clearly, the portrait should have been the obvious choice.
Note that the developer mode trick, as mentioned in the guide shared above, will also work on Mac OS using the Safari browser. In fact, it works on all browsers on all platforms.
Visit Pixlr (Free)
4. PhotoGrids for Instagram (Mac)
Earlier known as Uploader for Instagram, PhotoGrids is a free app for Mac platform that will allow you to upload and post vertical photos on Instagram with ease. The process is pretty simple. Download and install the app on your Mac.
You can then upload pics in the vertical mode using the double-ended arrow button like you see in the screenshot below. Remember that the aspect ratio should be 4:5 or near that. The will take care of the rest.
PhotoGrid works right out of the box. You just have to log into your Instagram account. The app is free and works great. There is an option for in-app purchases which you can use to help support the developer for his work. Optional.
Download PhotoGrids for Instagram (Free)
5. Gramblr (Windows)
If you are using a Windows tablet that supports touch screen, Instagram has announced an app just for you. The app is available on the Windows Store, but what about other users? This is where Gramblr comes into the picture.
Earlier, Gramblr didn’t support vertical pictures, but I think they have made some changes in their API because the current version does support it. Here is a screenshot.
As you can see, Gramblr does the trick. The app is free to use and works on all Windows-powered machines including 32bit versions. You will have to create a free account but there is no need to verify your email ID. Just select, crop, add filters, add a caption, and post it on your Instagram.
Wrapping Up: Post Vertical Photos on Instagram
Instagram was originally designed to be used on mobile devices like Android and iOS. But that doesn’t mean you cannot use it on your PC or Macbooks. Whether you need an online tool or an offline software, we have got your Instagramming needs covered.