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How can I post on Instagram from my computer?

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It’s always been a hassle for my photographer friends to post on Instagram from their digital cameras. Instagram doesn’t allow to post directly from your Windows computer (why, Instagram, why?). Why meme

One of my friends owns a handmade clothing store and promotes it through Instagram. She’s tried several “lifehacks” on transferring her photos to iPhone (not really lifehacks afterall):

  1. She takes a picture with her Nikon, transfers it to her laptop, sends it to her email, then opens it on her iPhone, then posts it to Instagram.

  2. She tried using iCloud photo library, but it’s really annoying that you can only upload .jpeg files, plus you can’t delete multiple pictures at once, you need to delete them one by one. (What?!)

  3. She used Dropbox, until it got hacked, so no cloud solutions, please.

    Now my friend has 2 options:

  1. to post photos on Instagram from computer (non-official way);
  2. to transfer photos from computer to iPhone.

How to post on Instagram from computer

If you want to post photos right from your PC, all you have to do is to make your browser think that you’ve logged in to Instagram from your device. To trick him into thinking that, you have to change the “user agent” — this thing tells a website what kind of device you’re on.

In this article we make a Coogle Chrome example, but the process is very similar for Firefox and Edge browsers.

  1. Open Chrome browser (Firefox or Edge) on your computer and go to Then sign in to your account.
    login to Instagram
  2. Right-click anywhere on the page and tap on Inspect.
    click on the Inspect
  3. You will see a lot of random text after that. But don’t be afraid: you just need to click on a small icon that looks like a combination of iPhone and iPad. You can find it in the top-left corner of the Inspector tool.
    click on the IPhone and iPad icon
  4. That’s it! After that your Instagram interface will switch to mobile version with a + button to post photos. If you don’t see this button, just refresh the page.
    refresh the page and click on the plus button
  5. If you don’t want to deal with all these inspector tool steps, we have another method for you. It is very easy and only takes a couple minutes.

How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone or iPad

  1. Download CopyTrans Photo and install the program. Open CopyTrans Photo and connect your iPhone to the PC. You will see your iPhone photos on the left, and your PC photos on the right.
    copytrans photo program interface

  2. Press ctrl + N to create a new album on your iPhone. Name it as you like and click “OK”.
    Name new album in CopyTrans Photo

  3. Now drag and drop the photos from your PC to your iPhone. Click on “Apply changes”. Bonus: CopyTrans Photo works with .dng and .tiff photos as well.
    Drag and drop photos from PC to iPhone

  4. Voila! The photos from your digital camera are now on your iPhone or iPad. Let’s get to posting!
    post to Instagram from digital camera

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By Irina CopyTrans

Irina is a marketing and tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market, who dyes her hair in the color of her cats' fur (future cat lady detected) and enjoys sitting on her balcony on a rainy day reading books, watching TV shows, playing video games and drinking hot chocolate. With marshmallows.