How to post on Instagram from PC? Thorough explanation of all methods

Instagram, a social networking service (SNS), is used by about 1 billion individuals and business accounts worldwide.

If you run an Instagram account as a business, you can use a PC (personal computer) to work on a large display, and you can expect to improve work efficiency, such as using images saved on your PC.

This time, we will introduce how to post to Instagram from the PC version for those who want to operate Instagram on a PC.

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How to open Instagram for PC and 6 ways to post

When operating an Instagram corporate account as part of SNS marketing, there are many situations where it is easier to access from a PC, such as image processing in Photoshop or sharing image files with a team.

Click here to access Instagram on the web from your PC . The URL is “https://www.instagram.com/”, and each user’s page will be “https://www.instagram.com/◯◯/” with the user name at the back. .

There are 6 ways to post to Instagram from the PC version .

  1.  Post from the PC version of Instagram [Common to Windows and Mac]
  2.  Posting from the Windows version of the Instagram app
  3.  Post from Chrome Mobile View
  4.  Post from Safari mobile view [Mac]
  5.  How to post from a Chrome extension
  6.  How to post from Meta Business Suite

We will go into detail about each submission method.

1. How to post from the PC version of Instagram on your browser [both Windows and Mac]

First, we will show you how to post photos and videos from the web version of Instagram in your browser.

Here’s how to post that’s been available since Instagram’s October 2021 update. The procedure is common to Windows and Mac, so please refer to it.

How to post photos

To post a photo, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the web version of Instagram in your browser
  2. Log in with your Instagram account
  3. Click the “+” icon on the screen (the icon position changes depending on the window size)
  4. Upload an image (uploadable file formats: JPEG/JPG/PNG)
  5. Edit the image with the filters and adjustment tools and click “Next”
  6. Add a caption, location information, set alternative text, and tag with “Create a new post”, and complete publishing with “Share”

How to post videos (reels)

Follow the steps below to post a video from your computer to Instagram. As of February 2023, videos will be posted to reels instead of feeds.

  1. Open the web version of Instagram in your browser
  2. Log in with your Instagram account
  3. Click the “+” icon on the screen (the icon position changes depending on the window size)
  4. Upload videos (uploadable file formats: MP3/MP4/MOV)
  5. In “Edit”, select the “cover photo” that will be the thumbnail, adjust the length of the video with “Trimming”, set “Video audio” on / off and click “Next”
  6. Add video captions, location information, set alt text, add tags, and click “Share” to complete publishing.

What you can’t do with the PC version of Instagram

There are some restrictions on how to post to Instagram from a PC. Here are some things you can’t do with the PC version of Instagram.

  • save as draft
  • Edit after posting
  • Post-post archiving
  • Scheduled post
  • Checking Insights
  • Add message button
  • Add reminder
  • add music
  • Share to other accounts and other apps

Also, as of February 2023, you will not be able to post “Stories” or “Instagram Live” from a PC.

2. How to post from the Windows version Instagram app

Next, we will show you how to post from the Windows version of the Instagram app.

STEP1. Download Instagram app from Microsoft Store

  1. Search for the Instagram app in the Microsoft Store or click “Get the Microsoft Store App” after accessing this link
  2. Enter your email address and sign up with Microsoft
  3. Click “Get” to download

STEP2. Log in with your Instagram account

  1. Log in with your Instagram account from “Open”

After logging in, you can post using the same procedure as the browser version.

3. How to post from Chrome’s mobile view

The third method of posting to Instagram from a PC is to change the browser to mobile display before posting.
In addition to Google Chrome, it can also be used in Firefox and Edge as well.

By changing to the mobile display, the appearance will be closer to the smartphone app version, and it will be possible to post stories that cannot be done with the normal PC version.

STEP1. Display developer tools

  1. Open Instagram for web in Google Chrome
  2. Click the three-dot icon on the top right of the browser screen → Click [More tools] → [Developer tools] from the drop-down menu (F12 key also opens the same tool)

STEP2. Change browser to mobile display

  1. Click the “Toggle Device Toolbar” icon
  2. Select any mobile device from the dropdown menu

You can then follow the same steps as the web version above to create your post.

If you want to post stories, refresh your browser once after changing to mobile display. By updating, your icon will appear at the top of the home screen, and you can add stories by clicking here. (as of February 2023)

STEP2. Change browser to mobile display_2

Creating stories from the PC version is greatly restricted compared to the smartphone app version, and image and text size adjustments and various effects cannot be used. The mobile version of the PC version is only available for simple Stories.

STEP2. Change the browser to mobile display_3

 

4. Posting from Safari’s mobile display function [Mac]

Safari’s mobile view is slightly different than Google Chrome’s. If you are using Safari, the standard browser for Mac, please refer to this procedure.

STEP1. Display development menu

  1. Open Instagram for web in Safari
  2. Select [Preferences] from [Safari] on the menu bar.
  3. Switch to Advanced and check Show Develop menu in menu bar.

Change browser to mobile view

  1. Hover the mouse over [Development] -> [User Agent] on the menu bar, and select any mobile device model from the drop-down menu.
  2. reload the page

After that, you can post in the same way as with the Instagram smartphone app.

5. How to post from Chrome extension

There is also a method to post to Instagram using the Google Chrome extension . A typical extension is “ INSSIST | Instagram Web Assistant ”. With these assist tools, you can post from your PC with the same operational feeling as on your smartphone.

To use the extension, visit the link above and click “Add to Chrome”.

▼” INSSIST | Instagram Web Assistant ” screen

INSSIST | Instagram web assistant

By using this extension, you will have a feeling of operation similar to that of a smartphone, but in reality, you will be posting in the same procedure as the web version above.

6. How to post from Meta Business Suite

If you have a Facebook business account, you can post using ” Meta Business Suite ” that allows you to manage Facebook and Instagram from your PC .

“Add music” etc. cannot be used, but in addition to supporting basic functions such as scheduled posting and saving drafts, insights and advertisements can be managed on Meta Business Suite, so it is useful for business. Tool.

STEP1. Access Meta Business Suite

You can access the Meta Business Suite here . By logging in to your business account, you will be able to use Meta Business Suite.

To post, click Create Post.

STEP2. Create post content

Select Instagram from ‘Post to’, set media, text, tags and scheduling options, then ‘Post’ to share.

It is recommended to use both a PC and a smartphone for Instagram operation

Here are 6 ways to post on Instagram from your computer.

The latest version of Instagram allows you to post photos and videos from the web version of Instagram in your browser . If the latest version is not reflected yet, change the browser to mobile display or add Chrome extension before posting.

However, as of February 2023, some functions are limited, such as not being able to check the insight of posts from the web version of Instagram in the browser. Therefore, when using Instagram, we recommend using both a PC and a smartphone app. Let’s streamline the work related to Instagram by using devices well .

As a bit of knowledge, when you create and publish a story on Instagram, you can check who has seen it. On the other hand, you can see who clicked “Like” on the feed post, but you can’t check who saw it.

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