Most videos you see on Instagram are professionally edited content. Meaning more and more people are editing their Instagram videos on computer using pro video editing software like Final Cut Pro and then push them to their smartphone to upload it on Instagram. But wouldn’t it awesome if you can just upload videos to Instagram from computer directly.
So, the next time you are sitting at your computer and want to upload a video to Instagram that’s saved on your hard drive, you don’t have to use Bluetooth or email that video to your mobile first. Here are some tools to upload video to Instagram from computer directly.
Instagram should allow uploading video from computer
Last year around may 2017, Instagram mobile sites allow uploading pictures. Which means you can use this workaround on PC as well. Just change your desktop browser to mobile by going to developer option. And you can upload picture to Instagram from computer without any need of third-party software. But unfortunately, this workaround doesn’t work for videos. Which is funny because most video uploaded on Instagram are shot using drones and recorded with a camcorder.
Although there are some tools that will allow you upload videos to Instagram from computer, they are paid tools with a subscription fee except one. I will share a few quick and free, and some paid, ways to do the same.
Before you upload your video, make sure that it adheres to the following rules as prescribed by Instagram:
- File size limit is 15 mb
- Playback length is capped at 60 seconds
- Frame rate should be 30 FPS or less
- Maximum dimension should be 1080 or less
- Preferred format is MP4 (H.264 Codec & AAC audio, 3,500 kbps video bitrate)
Upload Video to Instagram from Computer Directly
1. Cloud Storage (Free)
The oldest trick in the book. You create an account on Dropbox or you can use Google Drive on your computer linked to your Gmail account. Download and install it if you haven’t done so already and create an account. Copy and paste the video into the dropbox/Drive folder and let it sync.
Next, open the corresponding Dropbox app on your smartphone and select the video you just uploaded. There will be an option called “Share“. When you click the share button, you will see other options like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more depending on which apps you have installed on your smartphone. Select Instagram and the video will be uploaded.
You know what the problem with the cloud storage method is? You will have to upload the video twice. First from computer to cloud and then from cloud to Instagram. This is still somewhat acceptable if the file size is small. What if it is not? Read on.
Note: Some people email themselves and then open the email on their mobile phone to download and re-upload the video on Instagram. This method, though it works, will make you upload (to email), download (to your mobile), and then upload again (to Instagram). Not cool.
This is a desktop app that you can install on your Windows as well as Mac computer. Let’s go through the steps and see how it works.
Visit the homepage and download the software. For the purpose of this guide, I will be using the Windows version. Install and launch the desktop app. You will be asked to create an account. Do it. You will have to enter your Instagram Id and password too. There is no verification so you will immediately see the interface with a drag and drop function.
When you have uploaded the video at Gramblr, you should see a thumbnail with options to trim the video. You will notice there is a horizontal line that you can drag back and forth to trim the video.
After you have trimmed the video, click the red thumbs up button on the upper right hand and you will be taken to the final step. Here, you can write a caption and either post the video on Instagram or you can schedule it to go live at a later date and time. You can see your history and gain followers, however, the later feature is only available in the paid version.
Note: In order for the schedule function to work, you must be running Gramblr, otherwise the schedule will fail.
After you are done, hit the big green “Send!” button and the video will be live on your Instagram account. Though Gramblr is a free tool and does what it says on the tin, I found it to be a little buggy. It may or may not work in the first attempt, but it will eventually. For me, I had to try 3 times, but other users have reported it to be working just fine. I guess you will have to try it for yourself.
3. Other Paid Alternatives
There are simply too many paid third party softwares available in the market that will allow you to upload videos to Instagram. I will share some of the better ones here.
Schedugr.am will not only allow you to post to Instagram from computer, but it will also let you schedule them so you can post it in the future. automagically. The service is free for 7 days after which they will charge you $20/month per account. I believe the service is more geared towards social media managers and social media marketing guys.
Another service that is geared towards power users with some advanced features. You can schedule your posts, analyze traffic to your account, find influencers to engage with, and get insights. A bit of a too much for the average Joe/Jane. The plans begin at $9/month.
Note: Using any of these softwares and services will require you to log in using your Instagram account. If you are not comfortable sharing your details with third party company, better go for method 2 above.
Wrapping Up: Upload Video to Instagram from Computer
Uploading videos to Instagram from your desktop or computer should have been taken care of by Instagram but maybe, they are pushing users to the mobile app on purpose.
I liked Gramblr because it is a free desktop client that is quick and easy but a little buggy. Another way to go about it is by using an Android emulator like GennyMotion, however in my experience they are just too much work with less reliability. As of now, Gramblr is the only feasible option.