You can easily post to Instagram from a desktop or laptop in simple steps. Instagram is basically a smartphone app to showcase your photographic skills and upload photos, videos to the web. The social app is the best place to interact with other photography enthusiasts and improve yourself to find new opportunities.
Since the importance of Instagram marketing growing day by day, many are curious to know how to utilize the photo-sharing site effectively for a growing business. It is not possible for everyone to use smartphones and tablets always to post to Instagram.
Today, we’ll tell you 15 different ways to post to Instagram from a PC.
How to Post to Instagram from a Desktop or Laptop
Let us check how to post to Instagram from Mac and Windows computers,
1. Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome and sign in to your Instagram account.
Right-click on the screen and choose ‘Inspect’ from the menu or enter Ctrl+Shift+I keys together on the keyboard. Chrome’s Inspect Elements will open. It will divide your screen into two, Instagram in the first one and Inspect tools in another.
Can you see a mobile/tablet icon on the top of the Elements screen? Click on the icon and it will turn in the blue color. Now Instagram’s mobile version will appear on the left screen with an option to upload images, search feeds, browse favorites, etc.
Drag the left pane to the right side to expand its screen size.
If you can’t see those options, refresh the page. Click the ‘+’ icon to connect to local storage and upload photos from your computer.
2. Mozilla Firefox
Open Mozilla Firefox browser and sign in to your Instagram account. Tap the three lines icon from the top right corner of your screen.
Choose Web Developer from the menu, followed by the Web Console.
Click on the mobile/tablet icon that appears in the top-right corner of the Console screen. Now Mozilla will convert your left screen to a mobile-optimized layout.
Choose a device name from the drop-down box to see ‘+’ symbol on the bottom. If you can’t see the upload button, refresh the page.
Tap the upload (+) button to view and upload photos from your PC.
3. Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge on your Windows PC and sign in to Instagram.
Right-click anywhere on the screen and choose ‘Inspect Elements’ from the menu. Drag Elements screen to left to expand the screen and view all options.
Choose ‘Emulation’ from the drop-down list.
It should show options like this,
Choose a device from the list and adjust other settings if needed. Thereafter, you will see the upload (+) option on the left screen to post to Instagram. You can refresh the page to load Instagram for the chosen device. Tap the ‘+’ button to upload photos to Instagram from your PC.
Open Opera browser on your desktop or laptop first.
Sign in to your Instagram and right-click on the screen.
Choose’ Inspect Elements’ from the mouse menu.
Tap the mobile/tablet icon from the top-left corner of Elements screen.
Now Instagram should show the upload option on the bottom. Otherwise, refresh the page to load Instagram mobile on your screen.
Done. Post to Instagram as usual from Opera’s desktop version.
Open Safari on Mac. You can make the browser mobile-responsive using the Develop menu. But unfortunately, it is hidden by default. So we should enable it first.
Click on Safari from the top, followed by Preferences. Select ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’ from the bottom.
Open a new Safari window and it will open with the Develop menu on the top. Choose Develop > User Agent > Safari iOS 13- iPhone.
Enter Instagram URL in the address bar and sign in to your account. It will load Instagram mobile with a camera icon on the bottom to upload photos from Mac to Instagram.
Open Brave browser on your desktop or laptop first.
Sign in to your Instagram account.
Right-click on the screen and choose ‘Inspect Elements’ from the menu. Now your browser window will divide into two. Instagram will shrink into the first portion and Elements menu into the other.
Tap the mobile/tablet icon from the top to see Instagram mobile on your screen. It will have a ‘+’ button on the bottom to upload photos from PC to Instagram.
Now you can post to Instagram as usual via Brave computer browser.
It is easy to post to Instagram from a PC using the Vivaldi browser. Open the browser and sign in to your Instagram account.
Tap the ‘+’ symbol from the left pane to add a new web panel. It will create a sidebar on the left with a text box having the Instagram web address. Click on the ‘+’ button that appears next to it.
Now you will see Instagram’s mobile version in the left sidebar and desktop version on the main screen. Drag the sidebar to the right to expand its size if needed.
Click on the ‘+’ button to post to Instagram from the desktop.
Similar to most of the browsers we discussed above, Maxthon too allows you to post to Instagram using the Inspect Elements tool.
Open Maxthon and log in to your Instagram account.
Right-click anywhere on the screen and choose ‘Inspect Elements’ from the list. Tap the mobile/tablet icon to load Instagram’s mobile version on the left-side screen.
Click on the ‘+’ icon to choose and upload photos from your computer.
Bonus Tools to Post to Instagram from Your PC
These are the best third-party tools that allow you to post to Instagram from a desktop or laptop.
Canva is a popular graphic design program to create stunning images for blog posts and social media. It offers thousands of premium quality templates to build graphics without any designing knowledge or hiring an expert. They come in recommended sizes for each network to get maximum exposure from shares.
Visit Canva and tap ‘Create a design’ button from the top menu.
Type Instagram in the search box to view all template suggestions for the social site. For Instagram post, it’s possible to create designs in both landscape and portrait mode. For landscape, choose 1080 x 1080 PX size. The 1080 x 1350 PX sized templates generate posts in the portrait mode. On click, it will direct you to the post editor.
On the left side, it shows matching templates in the category. Click a design to insert it in the editor. Customize it as per your requirements.
When finished, click the three-dots icon in the top-right corner to view more options.
Choose Instagram Business from the list. Instagram allows only Business account users to schedule and publish content from a PC.
If you are having an Instagram personal account, you can convert it to Business type easily. Open Instagram app on your mobile and visit settings. On the bottom, there will be an option to convert your personal account to Business.
Then, connect your Instagram Business account to one of your Facebook pages. It is essential to automate Instagram posts through Canva or any other social media scheduling tool.
Come back to Canva. Choose a connected Instagram account from the list.
Enter a message, link, and hashtags in the content area. If you want to publish the content instantly, click on Publish. For scheduling, choose the calendar icon to set a date and time for the post.
Tap the Schedule button to schedule.
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SocialPilot is a great marketing tool to automate content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others. It allows you to schedule and recycle posts on connected accounts at the time of your choice.
Click this link to activate a 14-days free trial on SocialPilot. Connect your profiles, pages, and groups to promote content on them. It supports Facebook pages and groups, LinkedIn profile and pages, Instagram Business accounts, and others to run campaigns.
When finished, expand the Posts menu from the left sidebar to create a new post. Enter your message in the text area along with your web page link, hashtags, etc. If you have custom images to share, upload it.
SocialPilot is integrated with Canva to design stunning social media images. So you don’t need to open another tab for image creation.
Select social media accounts from the right pane where you want to schedule content. Choose Instagram and others if needed.
With SocialPilot, you can publish posts in 5 ways. Add to queue, share now, share next, schedule and repeat posts. Choose the last option (repeat posts) to recycle content up to 10 times.
Set dates and time for each share. Finally, hit the schedule button to save. Done. SocialPilot will automatically share your post on Instagram at the scheduled time.
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3. Agora pulse
Agorapulse is another social media management suite that lets you post to Instagram from PC. It supports all leading social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and others to schedule posts.
Connect your Instagram Business account to Agorapulse and design a custom graphic through Canva integration. Then, pick a date and time to automatically share your content.
Read and respond to social media private messages, manage ad comments, apply labels to organize comments, and much more. Agorapulse is a time-saving tool for marketing agencies and teams to manage all campaign-related activities from one place.
You can monitor brand mentions and track keywords, and engage with users via retweets, private messages, replies, etc. It also helps you to detect top performing posts, number of clicks, engagement rate, and generate reports with full metrics.
Click here to activate a 30-days free trial on Agorapulse and automate your social media promotions
SocialBee is a popular Instagram scheduling app that we use for the last 3 years. It allows you to schedule and post to Instagram from desktop automatically.
There are options to create workspaces to organize content for client projects or your multiple websites. Save posts in separate categories and connect your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others to run promotions.
You can design custom Canva graphics without leaving the dashboard. When finished, set a date and time, and mention how many times you want to recycle the post. SocialBee automatically recycle content as per your queue schedule for each profile.
Click here to visit SocialBee and activate your 14-days free trial (No credit card required)
Crowdfire helps you to publish to Instagram from Mac and Windows PCs. Similar to other tools we discussed above, it is an all-rounder tool to publish content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
Create posts through your Crowdfire account and Chrome extension. Utilize Canva’s built-in templates to build social media graphics and schedule. It will suggest you the best hashtags to improve your content visibility and curate content to expand your network.
Crowdfire is cheap and best for bloggers, marketers, and small scale businesses to improve social media traffic.
Click here to visit Crowdfire and choose a marketing plan for your business or blog
6. Social Champ
Social Champ is another best tool for Instagram scheduling. It supports all your favorite networks to save and schedule unlimited posts.
You’ll be able to schedule Instagram stories, reels, and photos to send them while you sleep or during a vacation. It is possible to tag your location and schedule first comments for Instagram as well as Facebook, and LinkedIn posts.
Social Champ suggests trending posts in your niche to share, in which your followers might be interested in. It is integrated with several third-party applications to find royalty-free images for your posts, create graphics, and import images from your cloud storage accounts.
Click here to visit Social Champ and schedule your social media posts (7-day free trial)
Wants to run Android apps and games on your desktop PC? Install BlueStacks player to access Android tools from a computer.
Once the installation is complete, sign in with your Google account to create a BlueStacks account. In the next step, install required apps from Google PlayStore including Instagram that you want to access from the desktop. Grant it necessary permissions to access your account and Instagram should appear under My Apps tab on BlueStacks now.
8. Desktop for Instagram
Desktop for Instagram is another Chrome extension to activate Instagram mobile on desktop. It lets you upload and download photos and videos on Instagram using Google Chrome.
Install and activate the extension from Chrome Web store. After activation, it will connect you to Instagram and sign in with your credentials to access the account.
Tap the ‘+’ symbol to upload photos from your PC.