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How To Post On Instagram From a PC or Mac (2019 Update)

October 30, 2019

Got 3 seconds?

You can post to Instagram from a Mac or PC with the 3-second workaround we show you below.

No more transferring from computer to cloud to mobile!

If you work with high-quality images and videos, chances are you’re creating content on a desktop or laptop, then transferring it all to the cloud so you can upload it from a mobile phone.

Or, you might pay high prices to use tools that are more complicated than this easy 3-second workaround.

Keep it simple!

Boost your engagement with Instagram posts that you can publish directly from your PC or Mac with the quick tutorials below!

Why Post to Instagram?

Instagram is an excellent social media channel for brands. The platform encourages businesses to post content, and Instagrammers love interacting with brands.

  • ⅓ of the most-viewed Instagram Stories are from businesses.
  • 60% of users say they discover new products on Instagram.
  • 200 million + users visit at least one business profile every day.

If your company sells physical products, you’ll also want to check out Shopping on Instagram.

You can add shopping stickers to your posts that encourage people to browse and purchase from your website!

Why Do Brands Need a Workaround to Post on Instagram from a PC or Mac?

If you’ve ever tried to post on Instagram from a PC or Mac, you’ve learned first-hand that Instagram isn’t desktop- or laptop-friendly. No matter how hard you search, you won’t find the familiar “+” icon on your computer because it only lives on mobile devices.

Since Instagram launched in 2010, its mobile-only platform only provides publishing capabilities on mobile devices.

Instagram’s mobile-only approach makes it difficult for brands that post high-resolution photography and videos. Teams often need to upload content to a 3rd party cloud or paid services so they can access them from mobile devices.

The added step is time-consuming and, fortunately, unnecessary.

You Don’t Need A Paid Service Or Special Tools To Post To Instagram From A Pc Or Mac

There’s a 3-second workaround that lets you post from any computer; desktop, laptop, Mac, or PC.

All you need to do is temporarily set your browser to a mobile format. Then, post your images and videos to Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer.

We walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and screenshots below. Or, check out our videos that shows you how it’s done.

What are the Most Popular Browsers in 2019?

If you’re posting from a PC or Mac desktop or laptop, chances are you’re using Chrome or Safari to access the platform.

According to NetMarketShare, the most-used internet browsers of 2019, to date, are:

#1 Chrome – 64.82%

#2 Safari – 17.85%

#3 Firefox – 4.41%

#4 Explorer – 3.16%

#5 Edge – 2.25%

Nearly everyone (82.67%) uses either Chrome or Safari in 2019, with Chrome leading the way by a massive majority.

Over half the population (64.82%) uses Google Chrome.

Most popular browsers Netmarketshare graph
Source: NetMarketShare

The step-by-step instructions below walk you through posting to Instagram using Chrome or Safari browsers.

How to Post to Instagram From a PC Using Your Chrome Browser

In this section, we’ll show you how to post to Instagram from your PC using the Chrome browser.

1. Sign into Instagram and go to your profile page.

Using your PC or Mac, sign into Instagram as you normally would. Then navigate from your feed to your profile.

2. Open Chrome Developer Tools.

Step 2 Option A: Right-click and select “Inspect.”

Open Chrome Developer Tools

Step 2 Option B: Click View>Developer>Developer Tools from your Google Chrome navigation bar.

Developer Tools from your Google Chrome navigation bar

Options A and B deliver the same results, so no matter how you opened the developer tools, you should now see the developers panel on the right.

opened the developer tools

Step 3: Click the “devices” icon.

Click the small tools icon, which is the 2nd icon from the left in the developer’s panel.

Click the “devices” icon

4. Select a phone model.

Once you open the developer tools, use the selection options in the top bar to select a phone model. If you’ve never done this before, your default setting will probably be set to “responsive.”

Choose a phone model.

Select a phone model

your default setting will probably be set to “responsive.”

5. Refresh Screen and you’re ready to post!

Now that you’ve setup your browser to mimic a device, you’re almost ready to post.

Hit the “refresh” button on your browser.

Refresh Screen and you’re ready to post

Now the “+” sign appears on your Instagram interface, allowing  you to upload and publish images from your desktop or laptop.

Now the “+” sign appears on your Instagram interface

From here, you can post to Instagram as if you were posting from your phone. Happy Posting!

How to Post to Instagram Using Your Safari Browser

In this section, we show you how to post to Instagram from your Mac computer using the Safari browser.

1. Open your Safari browser and click “preferences.”

Open your Safari browser and click “preferences.”

2. Go to the Advanced section and check Show Develop menu in the menu bar.

3. Log into your Instagram account.

4. Choose “Develop” and “User Agent,” then select “Safari iPhone.”

5. Now you’ll see the “+” icon at the bottom of your Instagram page. Use it to post as you would  if you were using your phone!

About Posting to Instagram from a PC or Mac

There are several ways to post to Instagram from your PC or Mac instead of a mobile phone.

Instagram users with business profiles that are linked to a Facebook page can use Facebook’s Creator Studio to post on Instagram from a computer.

Using the 3-second workaround listed above is the simplest way to post on Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer, though.

By accessing developer tools within your browser and setting your browser to a mobile format, you can post from your computer as if you were using your mobile phone.

Instagram Posting FAQ’s

Find out more tips and tricks for posting on Instagram with our frequently asked questions and answers below.

What’s the best size image to post on Instagram?

Uploading the correct image sizes is a must for brands trying to create high-quality, engaging content on Instagram.

Instagram post image requirements are:

  • Image Size: 320 X –  1080 px
  • Aspect ratio: between 1.91:1 and 4:5 (a height between 566 and 1350 pixels with a width of 1080 pixels)

Instagram recommended post image sizes are:

  • Square: 1080 x 1080
  • Vertical photo size: 1080 x 1350
  • Landscape image post: 1200 x 628

Post your Instagram images at the highest resolution possible to create the best quality posts.

About Posting to Instagram from a PC or Mac

There are several ways to post to Instagram from your PC or Mac instead of a mobile phone.

Instagram users with business profiles that are linked to a Facebook page can use Facebook’s Creator Studio to post on Instagram from a computer.

Using the 3-second workaround listed above is the simplest way to post on Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer, though.

By accessing developer tools within your browser and setting your browser to a mobile format, you can post from your computer as if you were using your mobile phone.

Instagram feed post video size

For more information plus tips on Instagram image requirements and recommendations, check out our blog article Instagram Images Sizes for 2019 – A Quick-Glance Guide for Marketers.

What length videos should I post to Instagram?

Instagram videos should be no more than 1 minute long. Get the full specs, plus tips and tricks on posting Instagram videos here.

When’s the best time to post on Instagram?

Posting when your audience is online and interacting with brands can boost your engagement on Instagram.

If you’re new to Instagram, you’ll want to post at the most popular times for your industry.

Find out the best times to post for your industry and learn how to tailor posting for your audience in our free guide for marketers – Best Times to Post on Instagram.

How often should brands post on Instagram?

Publish Instagram posts as often as you can create high-quality, engaging content.

How many hashtags should I use in my Instagram posts?

Instagram lets you include up to 30 hashtags per post. More isn’t always better, though. Researching your hashtags and using them sparingly can often boost your engagement rates.

Find out how to research hashtags that get results for your brand in our Guide to Instagram Hashtags.

Good news! Sharelov’s hashtag idea generator helps you identify the most popular hashtags for your keywords! Find out more here.

How does the Instagram news feed algorithm work?

Instagram’s algorithm decides how high your posts show in the newsfeed. Instagram uses three main factors to determine what priority your posts get in the newsfeed:

  1. Interest
  2. Recency
  3. Relationship

Find out all the details about how Instagram’s algorithm works in the 2019 Guide “How to Hack the Instagram Algorithm.”

How can I create posts that get engagement on Instagram?

Tailoring content to your audience and delivering high-quality, authentic material helps boost your engagement rates.

Some other ways you can boost your Instagram engagement rates are:

Using engagement-boosting tools such as hashtags and mentions in your posts.

Write engaging post captions that encourage your audience to answer questions, respond, and like your Instagram posts.

Bonus Content How to Use Hashtags in Instagram Captions

Create an Instagram marketing plan to help create posts that get results.

User-generated content (UGC) is the “holy grail” of Instagram posting! Consider running contests or sweepstakes to encourage UGC, and don’t forget to repost UGC  on your Instagram account!

How to Repost on Instagram

Publish Instagram Stories frequently and learn how to use Stories stickers.

If you sell products online, try using Instagram Shopping stickers to increase your conversions.

Instagram Stories Stickers that Increase Engagement

Instagram stickers let you add interactive elements such as polls and questions, or include hashtags, locations, and more.

Using a Desktop or Laptop Computer for Instagram

Even though Instagram is technically a “mobile-only” platform, you can still use your PC or Mac to access and post to Instagram.

The 3-second workaround is the easiest way to post to Instagram from a computer. Once you learn how to do it, you can publish directly from your PC or Mac without any extra tools or additional costs.

Do you post to Instagram from your PC or Mac? We’d like to hear why! Tell us about it in the comments below!

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