While Instagram offers a lot of features for creators, it still doesn’t offer an official way to post pictures and videos from your desktop.

But there are ways to post to Instagram from your computer if you get a little creative. Doing so gives you more flexibility in what you can upload such as edited videos and pictures.

And you can do it without having to upload them onto your phone first.

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How to post on Instagram from your desktop

There are a few ways you can post on Instagram from your desktop. It all depends on which operating system you are using.

Below, you’ll find ways to post from your PC or your Mac. We’ll also show you how to post via Hootsuite which works on either operating system.

How to post on Instagram from Hootsuite

Hootsuite allows you to post on Instagram from either a PC or a Mac. And it’s incredibly simple too.

Watch this video for a quick summary of how to post on Instagram from Hootsuite.

You can post to Instagram via Hootsuite in a few easy steps:

  1. Log into your Hootsuite dashboard. If you don’t have an account yet, create one here for free.
  2. From your dashboard, click on the green New Post button at the top. New post button in Hootsuite
  3. The New Post window will appear. Under Post to, select the Instagram account where you want to post your content. If you haven’t added an account yet, you can do that by clicking +Add a social network in the box and following the directions. selecting an Instagram account to post to in Hootsuite
  4. Drop the image and / or video you want to post to Instagram in the Media section. Unfortunately, you cannot post carousel images (multiple images) on Hootsuite at the moment. Check back later for an update on this! Once you’re done, add your caption in the Text section as well as any hashtags you want to use. You also have the option to add a location at the bottom as well.
  1. When you’ve crafted your post, review it for any errors. Once you’re sure everything is good to post, click the Post Now button at the bottom. Alternatively, you can also Schedule for later if you want it to post at a different time. Post Now button in Hootsuite (and also Schedule for Later)

And voila! That’s all you need to know for posting on Instagram via Hootsuite.

How to post on Instagram from a PC

To post on Instagram from your PC, you need to have Google Chrome. If you don’t have Chrome, download it from here.

Once you have it, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Instagram.com on your Chrome browser.
  2. Go to the settings of your browser by tapping on the three dots on the right side. From there click on More tools then Developer’s tools. Browser settings
  3. You’ll then see the developer window for Chrome, which looks like this:Chrome developer window
  4. This window allows developers to test and debug their websites and apps—but we’re going to use it for Instagram. Tap the mobile button.Mobile button in Chrome developer window
  5. Then select which mobile interface you’d like to use under the dropdown window.dropdown menu for mobile interface options
  6. Once you’ve chosen a mobile interface you’d like to use, refresh the page and you’ll then see the mobile interface on your browser. You are now able to post on Instagram from your desktop as you would on your phone!

Instagram mobile interface on desktop

You’ll be able to post multiple images, videos, as well as a mix of both from here.

There’s also a host of third party apps you can use to post on Instagram via your PC, such as BlueStacks App Player.

This app was originally created as an emulator so you can play mobile games on your desktop—but you can also use it for Instagram as well!

Simply download the app onto your desktop. Then download Instagram onto BlueStacks. Once you log in, you’ll be able to post on the app as if you were using your mobile device.

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How to post on Instagram from a Mac

To post on Instagram from a Mac, you can use Google Chrome just like in the directions above. Or you can use Mac’s default browser Safari.

For Safari, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Instagram.com on your Safari browser.
  2. Go to the Preferences menu of Safari. Click Advanced.
  3. In this menu, check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar. Show Develop menu in menu bar
  4. The Develop menu will now appear at the top menu bar. In the Develop menu, click User Agent, then choose which mobile interface you’d like to see. It should populate with the latest iPhone iOS. Develop drop down menu
  5. The web page will refresh once you make your choice. You can now upload posts onto Instagram from you Mac the way you normally would with your mobile device!

Instagram mobile interface on desktop

You’ll be able to post multiple images, videos, as well as a mix of both from here.

There’s also a host of third party apps you can download to post on Instagram via your Mac, such as Flume.

Flume is an app tailor-made to bring Instagram to your Macbook. You’ll be able to scroll through you feed, and like and comment on posts..

And yes, you can post to Instagram via Flume.

Simply, download the app. Then log into your Instagram account and start posting!

How to edit an Instagram post from desktop

There are several ways you can editor your Instagram post from your desktop.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite compose allows you to edit any image directly on your dashboard before you post it. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to edit the image once it’s posted.

Follow these steps to edit:

  1. Log into your Hootsuite dashboard. If you don’t have an account yet, create one here for free.
  2. From your dashboard, click on the green New Post button at the top. New post button on Hootsuite
  3. The New Post window will appear. Under Post to, select the Instagram account where you want to post your content. If you haven’t added an account yet, you can do that by clicking +Add a social network in the box and following the directions. selecting an Instagram account to post to in Hootsuite
  4. Drop the images and / or videos you want to post to Instagram in the Media section editing Instagram photo in Hootsuite
  5. To edit, click on Edit Image below the Media section. This brings up Hootsuite Composer’s edit tool. It allows you to customize the aspect ratio of you image to fit practically any social media platform’s image metrics.

editing an Instagram photo in Hootsuite Compose

From the sidebar, you also have the ability to:

  • Add filters
  • Adjust lighting
  • Adjust focus
  • Add text
  • Add stickers
  • Add frames
  • Use the brush tool

6. Once you’re finished click Save.

7. Add your caption, hashtags, and location. Then click Post Now. Voila! You just edited your image from your desktop.

Mac or PC

If you want to edit the image before or after it’s posted on your desktop computer, simply follow the directions on how to post on Instagram from your desktop. This allows you to access the developer mode, giving you a mobile view of Instagram.

From there, you can simply follow the normal steps you would to edit a post from Instagram:

  1. From developer mode, go to any of your posts.
  2. Click on the three dots in the right corner.
  3. Click on Edit.
  4. Edit the caption, hashtags, location, or tags.
  5. Click the blue check mark in the right corner when finished.

Easy as that.

How to delete a post on Instagram from desktop

Hootsuite doesn’t currently allow you to delete a post on Instagram. However, you can still do it from your Mac or PC through the following steps:

  1. Go to Instagram.com and find the post you would like to delete.
  2. Go to developer mode on either Safari or Google Chrome (see above section if you need help).
  3. Click on the three dots in the right corner.
  4. Click on Delete.
  5. Confirm by clicking Delete again.

And that’s it! As you can see, the steps are the same as they would be if you were on mobile.

How to post an Instagram Story from desktop

You can post an Instagram Story from your Mac or PC through the following steps:

  1. Go to Instagram.com.
  2. Go to developer mode on either Safari or Google Chrome (see above section if you need help).
  3. Click on the camera in the top left.
  4. Choose an image or video you’d like to add to your story. Edit it with text, stickers, filters, gifs, or whatever else.
  5. Tap Add to your story at the bottom.

You’re done! It’s practically the same steps as if you were using the Instagram app on mobile.

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