Wondering how you can post to Instagram from Mac or PC?
Instagram’s 1 billion active users make it more popular than social rivals Twitter, Snapchat, and Pinterest. However, there’s always been one drawback — Instagram started as a mobile photo-sharing app and, to this day, the desktop version does not allow you to post to Instagram from Mac or PC.
Which is no big deal when you are sharing pictures of your latest meal or cuddling your cats. Besides, you can still like, comment, and search.
But what if you want to use your Photoshop skills on a photo you took on your phone before you post to Instagram from Mac or PC? Or if you take pictures with your digital camera? Or if you want to schedule several Instagram posts for the next week?
Luckily, there are quite a few workarounds if you want to post to Instagram from Mac or PC, which is what we are going to cover today!
Instagram is most often used on mobile devices and posting from your phone is a breeze. But, if you want to do more than like, comment, and scroll your feed, you will need to use a workaround to use Instagram on your Mac or PC.
Luckily, there are multiple ways to work around this drawback. Below, we dig into all the methods you can use to post to Instagram from your Mac or PC, including a super easy hack, our favorite scheduling tools, and other third-party apps.
This is by far the most straightforward workaround. It doesn’t require any coding knowledge, but you will see some behind the scenes stuff in your browser. Don’t worry, you can’t mess anything up if you follow the instructions below.
First, what is a user agent? The user agent string tells a website what device and browser you are using to view the site. For example, a site might simplify the navigation bar if you are on a mobile device. Or, in Instagram’s case, it might make it so you can’t post from a desktop!
By changing the user agent to mobile, you can “trick” Instagram into letting you post from a Mac or PC device. Here is how to do it.
On Safari (Mac users only):
To get out of this, refresh the page and your view should go back to normal. Otherwise, close the Develop menu.
For Chrome on a Mac:
Now you should be able to upload pictures directly to Instagram from your Mac device.
If you are on a PC, here is how to do it on Chrome:
When you are done, close the developer tools window, and your view will go back to normal.
You can also post to Instagram from a Mac or PC using an Instagram scheduling tool. These tools also offer tons of other features, such as the ability to rearrange your posts, themed filters, the ability to mass upload images, analytics, and more.
Here are a few of my favorite Instagram planning tools that make it easy to post to Instagram from Mac or PC.
This powerful Instagram planning and scheduling tool is chock full of features. It is designed with advanced Instagram users in mind and offers a ton of features for the price.
Individuals can use the free plan, which allows you to post up to 120 photos a month, or you can upgrade to the Power User plan, with unlimited uploads, collections, and access to more tools.
Features of the paid versions of Plann include:
One feature that really stands out with Plann is the ability to schedule Stories. These time-sensitive posts are incredibly popular on Instagram right now, and the ability to schedule these from your computer is a huge plus.
Formerly called Latergramme, Later is a cloud-based platform that allows you to manage, plan, and schedule Instagram content. Their base plan is totally free, and it allows users to manage more than just Instagram. You can also schedule up to 30 posts each on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
For access to more features, you will need to pony up between $9 and $50 a month, depending on your usage. (Note the $50 a month plan is intended for marketing agencies, so if you are a single business, you will pay much less.)
So, what do you get with Later? In addition to the ability to plan and post to Instagram from your Mac or PC, you can:
If you only want to post to Instagram from Mac or PC, you can easily use the free version of Later. But, if you are looking for a way to take your Instagram game to the next level, then Later has you covered.
The challenge with many Instagram tools is they were built for platforms like Facebook, then added on the ability to schedule Instagram as an afterthought. As a result, those tools failed to create an Instagram scheduler that considers the visual aspect of Instagram.
Sked Social did the opposite! They started as an Instagram-specific tool and now let you schedule to Facebook and Twitter as well. As a result, they offer features other tools don’t.
Plans for Sked Social start at $25 a month, which is slightly higher than other options, however, they have a lot to offer for the price. For businesses with multiple team members who need collaboration tools, Sked is a solid choice.
Sked also offers a free 7-day trial, so you can see if it is worth the cost before diving into a subscription.
What if you need a few features but don’t need a full scheduling tool? There are several third-party apps designed to make it simple to post to Instagram from your Mac or PC device. Here are my top picks.
The app costs just under $20, but it is not a subscription, you own the software outright. (At the time of print, they also offer half-off discount if you are migrating from a similar software!)
If you are looking for simplicity, Uplet is the way to go to post to Instagram from Mac or PC.
This is one of the more full-featured Instagram uploaders. It is available for both PC and Mac for just $2.99 a month. With Deskgram, you can upload videos, images, tag people, like, comment, search hashtags, and even add filters.
The monthly fee is a slight downside, but the cost is much less than full-fledged scheduling tools. So, if you don’t quite want to invest in a full scheduling tool, then Deskgram is a fantastic option if you want to post to Instagram from Mac or PC.
Vivaldi is actually not an Instagram posting tool; it is a cross-platform browser designed to allow internet users to completely customize their internet experience. It does, however, allow you to post to Instagram from your computer!
Using Vivaldi, you can customize nearly every aspect of your browser, including the location of tabs, privacy settings, size and location of UI elements, build custom shortcuts, and much more. It is a really powerful tool that also lets you post to Instagram from Mac or PC.
This Mac-only app is perfect for teams who manage their Instagram presence with input from multiple people. Flume was designed with Mac users in mind, so the gestures and options will feel very familiar.
Using Flume, you can edit, upload, search, see activity, direct message other users, view insights, translate languages, and manage multiple accounts all at once.
The free version of Flume won’t let you upload posts, so you will need to spend the $20 to get the Pro account if that is your goal. Keep in mind, this is a one-time purchase not a subscription service, so you won’t have to keep paying for the service!
There’s no question that Instagram is a powerhouse for businesses large and small. It allows you to connect with customers in a way that was never possible before. Today, you can share behind the scenes content, showcase your personality, and interact with other users on a personal level right on Instagram.
However, most business owners and employees work from their laptop. Using a mobile device disrupts the workflow process and can make it harder to share high-quality images and videos. No longer! Using one of the solutions above, you can post, edit, like, comment, and even tag other users right from your computer.
Building an active, engaged Instagram following has never been easier.