How to Post to Instagram From Your Computer [12 Easy Steps]

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Caroline Forsey
Caroline Forsey


Posting to Instagram from your computer is a great choice if you don't have your phone on hand or need to access company assets on your laptop. Or you might simply prefer to use a wider screen.

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For these reasons and others, you might be wondering, "Can I post to Instagram from my computer?" We have some good news.

In this post, we'll discuss:

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11. Click 'Share.'

Once your post is ready to go, click "Share" on the top right corner of the screen.

12. Done! You've posted on Instagram from your PC.

Now that you know to post on Instagram from a PC, we'll discuss how to do it on:

Once we discuss how you can post photos, we'll also discuss how to upload a video to Instagram from your desktop.

1. Open up your Chrome browser.

The first thing you'll want to do is open up Google Chrome. If you're on Windows, you can do so by clicking the Windows icon in your taskbar. Then, search through the applications you've already installed on your computer until you find Chrome.

2. Navigate to Instagram's website.

Next, navigate to by typing it into the navigation bar. Log in using your Facebook credentials or by inputting your email, phone number, or username. If you've logged into Instagram's web version before, it might include an option to "Continue as [username]," and you'll be able to automatically log in.

3. Follow steps 4-12 from the instructions above.

Once you're logged into Instagram on your Chrome browser, you can upload to Instagram just as you would on any Desktop PC browser. Click the "+" button, select the file you want to upload, edit the photo however you like, write a caption and alt text, add a tag and location, and then click "Share" when you're ready to upload.

1. Open up your Safari browser.

The first thing you'll want to do is open up Safari. To do so, open up Launchpad and find Safari in your list of applications. Alternatively, if you have it pinned in your taskbar, you can open it from there.

2. Navigate to Instagram's website.

how to post on instagram on desktop: access instagram on safariNext, navigate to by typing it into Safari's navigation bar. If you visit the site often enough, Safari may also have a shortcut in your "New tab" page.

Once you get there, login with your preferred credentials. If you've already used the web version in the past, Instagram will allow you to log in with one click.

3. Follow the same upload instructions from before..

Once you are able to view Instagram from your Safari browser, you can upload an Instagram post the same way you would on Chrome — by clicking the "+" button, adding a filter or editing the photo, adding a location and caption, and clicking "Share" when you're ready for your post to go live.

Want to upload a video instead?

How to Post a Video to Instagram Using a Desktop Computer

You can upload videos to Instagram from your desktop — which makes it easy to share professionally-shot videos that may not be readily available on your phone. That means you can share marketing videos and shoots you received from a freelancer or your in-house videographer.

Here's how to post a video to Instagram on any web browser.

1. Head to the Instagram website on your preferred browser.

Once you're there, log in using your credentials.

2. Click the "+" button next to the DM symbol.

Just like you would if you were posting a photo, click the + button in the top navigation bar of your Instagram feed.

3. Click "Select from computer" to upload your media.

how to post on instagram on desktop: select a file

Select your video file from the computer. We recommend uploading an MP4 file to avoid compatibility issues.

If your video is less than 10 minutes long, your file size should be no bigger than 650 MB. For videos between 10 minutes and 60 minutes (which is the maximum length), you should aim for a file size smaller than 3.6GB. Read more about Instagram's video requirements here.

4. Resize your video and add more media if desired.

how to post video to instagram on desktop: resize videoInstagram gives you two options for adjusting your video: Changing the aspect ratio and adding more media. For photos, Instagram also allows you to zoom into the picture. The option isn't available for videos.

If you're uploading a horizontal video, we recommend using a 16:9 aspect ratio so that it's not cut off. If you're worried about the aesthetics of your feed, stick to a 1:1 ratio. That way, there isn't any white space when visitors visit your profile.

5. Choose a cover photo, trim the video, and toggle sound options.

how to post video to instagram on desktop: choose cover

Next, you can choose a cover photo (the image users will see before they click "Play"). You have the option of uploading a custom cover photo for the video, and you can also trim the video and turn the sound off if desired.

6. Write a caption, tag other users, add alt text, and toggle commenting options.

how to post video to instagram on desktop: write captionIn the next screen, you can write a caption for your video, tag anyone who appears in the video, add alt text, and disable commenting.

7. Click Share.

Done! You've now posted your video on Instagram.

Alternative Ways to Post to Instagram from Your Computer

You don't have to access Instagram's web version to post on Instagram. If you find the web version to be too lacking for your day-to-day tasks, especially if you're a social media manager, you can use a third-party service that offers social media scheduling software.

HubSpot's social media management tool is one of the best options you can use to schedule Instagram posts from your desktop — no need to access the Instagram app or website itself.

Here's one example of us scheduling a video post for Instagram using Social Inbox:

posting to instagram from computer using hubspot's social inbox

The great benefit of using this method is that you can schedule posts well in advance. You don't have to access Instagram every time you want to add new media to your profile.

If you're doing this regularly for your job, it might be worthwhile to explore all the social media scheduling tools at your disposal to choose the one best-suited for your business' needs.

Using Instagram Like the Pro You Are

Now that you don't have to worry about transferring photos to your mobile device or juggling your work's social media account on your own device, you'll be able to grow on Instagram efficiently and effectively. From there, the sky is the limit for creating posts and growing your audience in a scalable way.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in October 2020 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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