How to Post Photo to Instagram from Your Computer – The Beginner’s Guide

Instagram is developed to be used on mobile devices. Its primary target is mobile users. That means you are expected to upload your photos and videos to Instagram by using Instagram application.

However, let’s think that you want to upload your content from a personal computer. Maybe you have an advanced computer programs to edit your photo or video before publishing these on Instagram. Or, it may be the case that you do not want to write long captions on small screens.

Luckily, there are some options that you can use. In fact, there are three methods that you may want to follow.


Here, you will do some tricks on your browser so that it acts as the phone screen. Don’t worry. It is not that daunting. I will show you how you can manage that.


  1. First, enter into Instagram and log in.
  2. From anywhere, right click with your mouse and select “Inspect” at the bottom of the drop-down menu
  3. Chrome will split the screen. On the left side, you have your Instagram, and on the right, you have codes.
  4. At the top of the right screen, there is an icon similar to a tablet or a phone. Click on this to change the left side screen into tablet or phone mode.
  5. Next, on the right side screen, look for “Responsive” text.
  6. When you click on this text, options like Galaxy S5, iPhone or iPad will appear at this drop down menu. Select the option you think is best.
  7. Next, you have “camera” icon at the bottom.
  8. Click on “camera” icon and your computer’s files will appear.
  9. Choose your photo or video from a folder and apply filter you like
  10. Post this content to your feed.

NOTE: If you do not see “camera” icon at the first time, try to refresh (F5). It will put things right, and “camera” icon will appear.


To post photo and video to your Instagram account from Safari, first, you have to enable “Develop” menu. Just follow these steps: Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Then, enable the option ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’.

  1. Click on “Develop,” then go to “User Agent,” and select the iPhone option at drop down menu.
  2. Now, “camera” icon appeared at the bottom of the page.
  3. Next, click on this icon and your folders will appear.
  4. Select your photo, add a filter
  5. Click on Next
  6. You posted a new photo or video for your Instagram feed.

Third Party Tools

There are third party tools that you can utilize on your computer to post photo or video from your PC. Either you download third party programs to your PC or you use them online. Here are some options.


Thisis an Android emulator. You need to have a Google account. Also, it offers all the features of the Instagram application. Briefly, it allows you to user the Instagram app on your computer.

  1. When you downloaded and installed the program, search for Instagram by using the search bar, and click Install.
  2. Launch Instagram.
  3. Bluestacks’ dimension will change into a mobile app.
  4. Use Instagram app just like you use on the mobile device

Deskgram (Freemium) – PC and MAC

Deskgram is a desktop application that lets you view your Instagram feed, like other’s photo, and add comment. But if you want to upload photo or video, you have to buy a license.

  1. Download and Install the program
  2. Next, launch the program
  3. The program will run the Instagram app
  4. Enter your username and password to enter
  5. Enjoy your application on a computer

Flume For Mac (Freemium)

Flume is an Instagram client. Like above programs, you need to download and install the program to run the Instagram client. This application is only for Mac users, and it is also freemium. It lets you manage your feed and manage your profile. It doesn’t have scheduling.


Gramblr (Freemium)

Gramblr combines the application you download and install on your computer and the web service. These services work hand-in-hand to post your photo on the computer to your Instagram feed.

Steps to follow to post your photo on your computer to Instagram:

  1. Download and Install the program
  2. Next, launch the program
  3. The program will run the Instagram app
  4. Enter your username and password to enter
  5. Next, drag and drop photo or video on this panel
  6. Choose your filter and cropping
  7. Fill your upload details
  8. Hit “Send”

With Gramblr, you can schedule your photo. Note that your computer must be running on scheduled time. Otherwise, your content will not be published.

NOTE: Instagram haunts down scheduling application, meaning that if Instagram finds out that you schedule your content, it may take some action against your account.



Later is a most popular third party app for Instagram in market. Porfessionals and standart users can use this app for upload photos and videos from computer and also they can use this app for scheduling their Instagram posts.

App has a calendar and clock for who needs to schedule its posts. Later, allows to upload more than 20 images its also awsome feature for users. Later, also works on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest so if you are a professional you should try this app. Only problem here is free membership allows so less but if you get a plus mambership for 9 dollars for a month you can create amazing post on social media apps.


This app is a most preffred social media management tool in market. Professionals and brands choses this app because of its great features.

Iconnosquare is a premium tool and its price is 9 dollars for a month. But when you sign up the tool you can use it on Instagram and Facebook.

These two most populer social media apps are most preffered apps from professionals and famous companies. So if you do not want just upload photos and videos to Instagram via pc, you can pay for this app.


Third option in publishing your content from PC is scheduling. Despite being similar to the above options, this helps to upload photos or videos in bulk and schedule to post them automatically.

Hopper HQ – Paid

You can post photo or video to Instagram from your PC and can choose to upload your content immediately or to schedule the content.

  1. First, download and install the program
  2. Create an Hopper HQ account
  3. Choose your plan with Hopper HQ
  4. Next, you will your dashboard
  5. Connect your Instagram account
  6. When you connected, you need to enable auto-posting by entering your login details.
  7. After completing this step, you can begin to schedule Instagram posts.
  8. Next, select your image or video from Hopper HQ
  9. Next, click “New Posts.”
  10. Next, edit your image.
  11. Add captions and comments
  12. Next, if you want post your content immediately, click “Post Now.”
  13. If you want to schedule, arrange a time or save it as draft.
  14. Hopper HQ will do the rest and post your image or video to your feed.

Chrome Extension

If you use Chrome, you can add features from the webstore to add new functionality to your browser. The most popular option among extensions is “Desktop for Instagram.” With this extension, you can post image or video, like other’s post, and even download other people’s image or video.

Steps to follow:

  1. Go to the Webstore.
  2. Next, search for “Desktop for Instagram” and hit Enter.
  3. Next, click on “Add to Chrome.”
  4. Next, click on “Add the Extension” at the pop-up menu.
  5. On the upper right, you will see Instagram icon.
  6. Click that icon.
  7. After loading, it will ask to enter your Instagram credentials.
  8. Next, you will see you Instagram feed.
  9. Use this as you use it on your mobile device

When you hover on an image or video, an orange icon will appear to offer you options to download or view the content. You can download or view on the full screen by clicking on these options.


How to Post Photo to Instagram from Your Computer – The Beginner’s Guide
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