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How to post to Instagram from PC

Upload photos to Instagram from a PC with these quick tricks

How to upload photos to Instagram from a PC
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Trying to figure out how to post to Instagram from a PC or a laptop might seem like a moot point. After all, Instagram has all the appearances of an exclusively mobile platform. You’d be surprised, however. You can actually upload to Instagram from your computer, and it’s quite a nifty trick that might come in handy someday.

There is a caveat, however. Doing so isn’t quite easy; in fact, it can be infuriating. Whether you’re using the official Windows 10 app or Instagram’s website, it’s remarkably hard to upload to Instagram from PC. And, you can forget about doing it on macOS, which doesn’t have an Instagram app.

Still, if you take the perfect photo with a digital camera instead of a smartphone and want to spruce it up with a desktop app like a free photo editor before posting to Instagram, knowing how to post to Instagram from your PC might be worth it for many folks, especially aspiring content creators.

Luckily, we have a few tricks to get around this obstacle and upload to Instagram from PC or Mac. It just takes grabbing some free software.

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Method 1: Vivaldi

Vivaldi

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1. Get Vivaldi
The super-customizable web browser Vivaldi offers the quickest and easiest way to upload photos to Instagram from a PC or Mac. It does this by running the mobile version of Instagram's website in a web panel.

Download and install Vivaldi, then either run through the wizard to import bookmarks and set your preferences,  or click 'Skip all' and continue with the browser's default settings.

Vivaldi

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2. Create a web panel

Navigate to www.instagram.com, then click the plus icon (Add Web Panel) on the left-hand side of the browser interface. The URL will be filled in automatically, so all you have to do is click the plus again.

The mobile version of Instagram will now appear in a sidebar on the left-hand side of the browser, and will stay there as you browse other sites. Log into your account, then resize the sidebar until the mobile site fits in comfortably.

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3. Upload to Instagram

Click the plus icon at the bottom of the website to choose a photo from your PC or Mac, apply filters, add a caption and tags, and upload it to your account.

Method 2: BlueStacks App Player

Download and install BlueStacks App Player

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1. Get BlueStacks App Player

The Instagram app for Android is superb, and you can run it on your desktop using free Android emulator BlueStacks App Player, enabling you to upload photos to Instagram from your PC or Mac.

Download and install BlueStacks, then wait a few minutes while the engine starts for the first time. Dismiss the tutorial using the cross at the top right, make sure the correct language is selected and tap the arrow button.

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Set up and log into BlueStacks App Player

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2. Log into your Google account

Click ‘Continue’, then log in using your Google account. Review the terms of service and, if you agree, click ‘OK’.

The next checkboxes are completely optional; if you’re only using BlueStacks to upload to Instagram, feel free to uncheck them all. Click the Next arrow, then enter your name (it'll only be used to personalize some apps).

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Install the Instagram app in BlueStacks App Player

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3. Install the Instagram app

You'll now see a version of the Google Play Store. Search for Instagram (the search bar is in the top right), select the official app when it appears and click Install. The app will request access to information including your contacts and location. If that's OK with you, click 'Accept'. 

After a moment, the Instagram icon will appear under the My Apps tab. Click it once to launch it.

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Upload your photos to Instagram, apply filters and share them

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4. Upload, apply filters and share

BlueStacks will change to the size and shape of a vertically-oriented smartphone. Sign into your Instagram account with your usual details (the login link is at the bottom). Your Instagram feed will appear as it would on a phone.

Click the plus icon at the bottom, then select 'Gallery'. Click the 'Gallery' drop-down menu at the top left and select 'Other', then click 'Pick from Windows'. Find the photo you want to upload, select it and click 'Open'.

You can now crop the picture, add filters and a caption, and share it with your followers via all the usual social networks.

Cat Ellis

Cat Ellis is the fitness and wellbeing editor at TechRadar. She's been a technology journalist for 11 years, and cut her teeth on magazines including PC Plus and PC Format before joining TechRadar. She's a trained run leader, and enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the pavement. If you have a story about fitness trackers, treadmills, running shoes, e-bikes, or any other fitness tech, drop her a line at catherine.ellis@futurenet.com.