How to post to Instagram from your computer

How to post to Instagram from your computer
Who else is an absolute Instagram fiend? Raise your hand! Now, who here has always wished that they could post to Instagram from their computer?

The tale is as old as time – you have this beautiful shot you took on your Canon camera while on vacation. When you got home, you uploaded it to your computer, made a few edits, and knew it was ready for your Instagram followers to see. But then, when you save the photo, e-mail it to your phone, and finally get it uploaded to Instagram, you notice some of the quality is gone. It really isn’t the same photo you’d seen on your computer.

If I had a dime for every time I was in that situation!

Of course, your issue with not being able to post from your computer could very well be a timing thing. It always takes a few minutes longer – minutes some of us don’t always have – to upload a photo from your phone.

For the longest time, I thought there would never be a way to get Instagram-worthy photographs from your computer to Instagram without having to use your phone. Then, I discovered something. Not only can you upload from your computer, but this method has presumably been under our noses this entire time. It doesn’t require a third-party app or some expensive software. Chances are, if everything aligns in your favour (because, of course, I can’t guarantee anything), you’ll be able to do this with nothing more than an internet browser.

Ready to find out just how you can post to Instagram from your computer?

I knew you would be.

1. Go to

How to post to Instagram from your computer

Once you’re there, navigate to your profile page and make sure you’re signed in to your account.

2. Key commands

On a PC: Ctrl+Shift+I
On a Mac: Option+Command+I

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Once the box has appeared with all the fun coding, click the button along the top bar that looks like an iPhone next to an iPad.

3. Look! It’s the Instagram app!

How to post to Instagram from your computer

Click the ‘Camera’ button at the top and upload your photo like normal. You won’t be able to add filters or edit the image, but you can create a caption and publish the photo. You should still be able to comment and like photos as well, but if you can’t, exit mobile mode and use Instagram on your computer as normal.

While you’re at it, follow me on Instagram: @jordandamico!

What do you think of this feature? Now that you know about it, will you be using your computer to post to Instagram?

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  • Helen

    This is handy. My friend uploaded all her travel pics and I always wondered how she did it.

    • Thank you! It’s such a handy tool – especially for people who post to Instagram regularly!

  • artistwhocodes

    You’re so awesome for sharing this! I feel slightly foolish that I haven’t myself figure this out since I’m constantly using the inspect tool. Thanks!~

    • Don’t feel foolish. I only recently discovered it myself. I’m just glad I finally did!

  • Wow, how fascinating! Thanks for sharing this, will definitely be telling my friends 🙂

  • Mary La Fornara

    I just tried it and it didn’t work for me, but I’m going to keep at it until I figure it out. Thanks for the hint!

    • That’s really strange, Mary! It may depend on which browser you’re using. Let me know if you’re able to get it. Good luck!

  • Thanks for sharing this, I’m definitely gonna give it a try!

  • Clare

    I tried it from windows 10 but it does not seem to work. What exactly am I trying to open, maybe I can google how to do it.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Whaaat?! That’s so cool! This would totally save me some time having to email myself photos everyday!

  • Katie Ferguson Hetrick

    I wish is worked…I will try on my desktop. When I do it I don’t see the camera icon. This is what I see…

  • Claire Lee

    Yay, finally! I’ve been wanting this feature to be available! Thanks for the detailed instructions 🙂