Eager to learn how to post on Instagram from laptop or desktop computers? You’re not alone!
Instagram started out as an exclusive iOS app and later opened its gates to the Android community. And, being such a great way to share images, there’s no wonder people want to be able to utilize it using their computers as well.
8 Ways To Post To Instagram From Your Laptop Or Desktop Computer
If you’re interested in sharing your daily life or using Instagram as a business tool–you’re in the right place! In this article, we’ve come up with a range of methods to help you in your Instagram uploading ventures!
To start off, here’s our list of Instagram uploading options:
- Flume (macOS only)
- LR/Instagram (for Lightroom users)
- Instagram App (on the Microsoft store)
- Developer Tools
Flume (macOS only)
For Mac users, Flume is an Instagram uploading tool available on the App Store. There are both paid and free options of Flume, though the functionality of the free version is rather limited.
However, we found the free version so limited, that you’ll really need to pay the one-off Pro upgrade fee of $20 to really take advantage of this tool.
This isn’t great. But…
The app itself has an interface which resembles the Instagram app and has virtually all the same functions, with the exception of adding stories or sharing live content.
How Posting To Instagram Using Flume Works
To post on Instagram from your laptop or desktop using Flume, simply use the uploading tab, like you would on Instagram. Once you’ve selected the image(s) you want to upload, you can edit them in the app.
A great feature the app offers is the ability to save your edited images to your PC. That way, if you like an edit, you get a high-quality image to use for other purposes too!
That alone made the one time fee more palatable for us.
One area where Flume excels is giving you the option to repost other users images by right-clicking the image on the feed. Reposting in the Instagram app has always been something of a struggle for users, so this option makes it simple!
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So what if you don’t have a Mac? Maybe Deskgram is what you’re looking for!
This software acts as an emulator, without the need for additional software and downloads. Instead, it just emulates the Instagram app!
Sounds great, right? But, there’s a catch.
Unfortunately, this kind of simplicity doesn’t come without a price tag. Sure, you can use the free Deskgram software, but this doesn’t actually let you upload images. Instead, you’ll have to pay for a Pro subscription which costs $2.99/month.
The cost is relatively small if your Instagram page brings you business or you have money to spare, but if you’re not looking to shell out for this sort of thing, this software isn’t all that useful.
If you’re a Lightroom user, we’ve got the perfect way to post on Instagram from your laptop.
How does a direct plugin to Lightroom sound?
Well, that’s exactly what LR/Instagram is.
If you’ve got a Lightroom workflow already, install this plugin and set it up with your Instagram account. Then post to Instagram on your laptop right away!
Another thing we love about this plugin, the ability to add captions and hashtags directly in Lightroom. Not to mention your images will post to Instagram instantly.
With Lightroom’s impressive range of presets and advanced editing tools, you can create Instagram masterpieces!
It’s also possible to manage multiple accounts with the plugin. This is great for people looking to upload images onto personal and business accounts.
For a one-off fee of $10, this plugin is a great option to easily publish to Instagram from your computer directly from Lightroom.
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We mentioned the word emulator when we talked about Deskgram. But as we said, Deskgram isn’t a true emulator.
Bluestacks, on the other hand, is.
If you’re looking to use your computer for more than just uploading images to Instagram, Bluestacks might be the software for you.
This software mimics an Android device. That means you can install apps from the Google Play store and use them on your computer just like you would on your phone.
What does that mean if you want to upload post to Instagram from your laptop?
All you have to do is install the Instagram app. Then you use it just how you would on your phone.
It’s as simple as that.
There really are no restrictions on how you use the app. Plus, you also don’t have to learn any new methods of uploading and editing images.
Do you need to be able to schedule posts ahead of time?
If so, Tailwind is exactly what you’re looking for.
Tailwind is an integrated social media manager specifically designed for use with Instagram and Pinterest. This sort of tool is best suited to those using Instagram as a business tool.
It allows you to batch schedule as far in advance as you’d like.
You set it then forget it.
Since this tool is designed for efficiency, it also has the option to create sets of hashtags which can be used on multiple posts. Say goodbye to thinking up hashtags and typing out each one every time you make a post.
A marketing app like this is, of course, going to cost you. You can use Tailwind for a month for free before you have to pay a subscription. It costs $9.99/month after the trial is up.
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Later is another post scheduling tool similar to Tailwind. If you’re looking to manage multiple Social Media accounts, Later offers scheduling for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
Not only that, Later offers a generous Free option.
If you’re interested in using Later as a free scheduling tool, it allows you to have one account and schedule 30 posts–that’s almost a post a day for each month.
Just like Tailwind, you can save your hashtags and reuse them.
Using Later to schedule out posts is incredibly simple, too. All you have to do is upload the images you want to use then drag and drop them onto an interactive scheduling calendar.
If you have a Windows computer with Windows 8 or later as the operating system, uploading images to Instagram from your computer couldn’t be any easier.
All you have to do is go onto the Microsoft Store and install the Instagram app. You log in and use it just as you would on your phone.
What’s great about this method is it’s completely free, really easy to use, and doesn’t require any third party software/tools!
If you feel confident using your browser’s developer tools, this method requires no downloads whatsoever.
All you do is utilize the power of responsive design.
Using Developer Tools: Chrome
For Chrome users, follow these steps:
- Click on the options button in the top right corner. It’s the button with three vertically arranged dots.
- Hover over More Tools, then click on Developer Tools from the dropdown menu. (You can also access Developer Tools by pressing Shift + Control + I on your keyboard.)
- When the Developer Tools box opens, click the Tablet/Phone icon in the upper right-hand corner of the box.
- Refresh the Instagram page and you’ll have the option to upload post to Instagram from your laptop.
Using Developer Tools: Mozilla Firefox
If you use Firefox, simply press Shift + Control + M (or Command + Option + M for Mac Users). This will activate responsive design, allowing you to access Instagram as if you were on a phone.
Using Developer Tools: Microsoft Edge/ Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer users just need to press F12, find the Emulation tab and set it to Emulate a Mobile device.
Using Developer Tools: Safari
If you use Safari, go to the Develop menu, select User-Agent, and finally, select Safari iOS 10 – iPhone.
Using Developer Tools: Opera
Those that use Opera will follow a similar method to Chrome users. Press Shift + Control + I to open up the Developer tools.
Then press the Mobile/Tablet button to toggle between a mobile device and a computer.
Turns Out It’s Easy To Post On Instagram From Laptop and Desktop Computers!
As you can see, it really can be quite simple to post on Instagram from laptop and desktop computers. With a little bit of know-how and the optional power of additional software, you can get posting your images in no time!
If you’re a Windows 8 (or later) user, then all you have to do is install the free Instagram app! If you don’t mind paying out, there are easy to use options for iOS and Windows users.
And if you like to schedule things out in advance, Tailwind and Later are great tools.
Maybe you have another method that you prefer to use? If so, feel free to share it in the comments!