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How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
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**UPDATE** There have been some serious issues reported using Gramblr for loading photos to Instagram including breaking your use of hashtags on Instagram. There are some good alternatives listed in the comments below**

Instagram is the fastest growing social media service growing it’s user base by 23% in the last 6 months of 2013.

If you aren’t using Instagram yet it’s worth taking a look. But what if all your photos are on your computer, what if you use an SLR to take your pictures rather than your phone? How can you post them to your Instagram account? In this post I’m going to show you two step guide using two cool tools to post Instagram photos via your computer.

1. Crops and adds filters to your photos so they look right for Instagram
2. Upload your photo to Instagram via the web

#1 Cropping and adding filters

Instagram is all about the filters. There have been and are lots of other mobile apps that offer cool filters for your photos, but the retro style that these filters add has become a signature of Instagram. A photo without a filter just doesn’t look Instagrammy.

I’ve talked about PicMonkey (affiliate link) before and it’s perfect for adding effects to your photos on the web.

Here’s how it works:

Upload your image and make it square:
Visit the PicMonkey (affiliate) website and sign up for an account
Click ‘Edit’ from the top menu bar

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
Select an image from your computer and upload it
Click ‘Crop’ from the side bar menu

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
From the drop down menu select ‘Square’

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
Pull out the edges of the selection area to select the area of your photo you want to use.

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
When you are happy with the selection click ‘Apply

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool

Resize your image:
Click ‘Crop’ again

Change the proportions in the boxes to 650 x 650 and check the ‘Scale photo’ box

Pull the edges of the selection box out until it reaches the edges of your photo

Click ‘Apply’

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool

Add filters
Click on the magic wand icon on the left hand toolbar

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
Select a filter from the menu

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
When you are happy with your creation click ‘Save’ at the top of the screen to save to your computer.

#2 Upload your photo to Instagram

Although you can view your Instagram photos on the web you can’t as yet upload to the app this way. Gramblr is a tool that allows you to do this.

Here’s how it works

Visit the Gramblr website and download the app to your computer

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool

Sign in to Gramblr with your Instagram account

Click ‘Choose file’ to select your picture from your computer

Click ‘Upload’

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
Add a caption to accompany your picture. You can add a link and your hashtags here too.

How To Post To Instagram From Your PC In 2 Steps - Cool Tool
Click ‘Save Caption’ and it will load straight to your Instagram account.

This might be more time consuming than using Instagram directly but it is useful if you are using a camera to take your photos or if you store those photographs on your computer.

If you try this method let me know how you get on. If you have another solution I’d love to hear about it too so leave me a comment.

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  • Kate

    Brilliant Amanda! Have so many pictures on the PC. This will be perfect for us! Tks

  • http://www.KrishnaDe.com/ Krishna De

    Nice share as usual Amanda!

    I’ve tested a number of tools for posting to Instagram including Gramblr. You need to take care if you use a third party tool as Instagram has not yet released an API.

    There are a number of paid tools being released too.

    I have not had an issue with Gramblr but one other tool resulted in me having to change my Instagram password and I have come across others saying that they have had their account banned using non official tools.

    A way I use and recommend for moving photographs from your desktop to your mobile device and then posting to Instagram directly is moving images into a Dropbox file and then downloading them to your camera roll from where you can upload to Instagram.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Thanks for the tip Krishna, you are right it’s important to keep an eye on the third party tools we add to our accounts.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Thanks Kate

  • http://www.emeraldinteriordesign.ie/blog Karen Hughes

    Oh how I wish I could post to Instagram directly from a mac or pc – it would make life so much easier! My workaround is, I have my “Pictures” folder saved into dropbox and I have the Dropbox app on my phone and Ipad. If I want to post to Instagram I just have to select the photo on Dropbox. However you do have to save the photo from Dropbox to Camera Roll folder on the phone first which means you get a duplicate photo. But it’s easy enough deleting the duplicate once you’ve uploaded. Works for me :)

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Hi Karen, You can use Instagram on your iPad. Go to the app store and search for it (it won’t come up) at the top of the page you will see in small blue letters ‘iPad apps only, click on this and change it to ‘iphone apps’ you can then download it.

    Also if you activate your iCloud account the photos you take on your iPad will save to a ‘Photo stream’ album that you can access from both your phone and iPad.

  • http://www.emeraldinteriordesign.ie/blog Karen Hughes

    Sorry I probably wasn’t clear. I have Instagram on my iphone and ipad and both are synced. I was referring to photo’s I upload from my camera directly to my pc. Then I use the Dropbox workaround. Hope that makes sense.

  • http://www.writeontrack.ie Lorna Sixsmith

    I keep meaning to use instagram more – from the phone so I have no excuse really!

  • [Jen Lew] Marketing & Design

    another great tool that we’re trying out is http://www.instapult.com – so far so good and it has filters. You can’t push to fb or t yet though but you can time posts

  • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

    Karen Hughes, I’ve been using Bluestacks to upload photos to Instagram from a computer. I’ve found this to be the most reliable – aside from uploading to Dropbox and then posting to the Instagram app.

    Here are instructions in case you are interested in trying this out. http://www.christiankonline.com/upload-photos-and-videos-to-instagram-from-a-computer/

  • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

    @Spiderworking:disqus, Gramblr has been broken for six plus months. I would also strongly caution against using it because it can break access to hashtags as well as your Instagram account.

    It would end up making more work for a user because Instagram is difficult to get a hold of when something breaks and needs to be fixed.

  • Reid Rosefelt

    I’ve always moved photos from my computer to my phone or iPad via the Transfer App http://bit.ly/1qCKcCA (there are many like this) and then worked within Instagram. But mainly I like to take all my Instagram pictures with my camera because that’s the ethos of Instagram. It’s what it’s supposed to be about.

  • chany1230

    All I’ve been doing is I email myself the pictures from my computer. Open the email on my phone, save and upload to Instagram. Simple and no third party app needed.

  • Joanna Campbell Griffin

    The comment section of these blogs are very useful, thank you to everyone here. I was just wondering if there was a way to use an IFTTT recipe here too.

    Once photos from camera have been cropped to our satisfaction, add them to a specific Dropbox or Box folder & have IFTTT automatically add it with caption to our instagram account. We can always go in afterwards and add extra hashtags as appropriate (or another IFTTT recipe).

    Has anyone tried this? I use my Instagram camera but it is not stable and sometimes crashes during processing and I would prefer NOT to loose a photo I have taken time to set up.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Great idea Joanna. I love IFTTT and it sounds like it might work. Let me know if you try it.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Hi Christian, Thanks for your comment. It’s not broken for the mac. I used it when I created this post. I was unaware of the hashtag issue though and have amended my post above to highlight it. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

    What type of Mac did you test it on? I also used a Mac and it definitely didn’t work. I had a few other people test it as well and it didn’t work for them either. They were Mac users too.

  • Joanna Campbell Griffin

    I hope to play a bit more with IFTTT next week Amanda. I have only activated a few recipes so far

  • Mazhar Ali

    You are right Krishna, Instagram do not allow any third part website to upload images from PC.

    For your information, I also used almost all apps that allow upload images from PC and all have same issue. When you view that post uploaded from third party app in your mobile, you can not refresh that post.

    But last week I found a website that do upload images and you can view on mobile too. But they are only offering it for PC. And for MAC OS they says will add instructions for it very soon.

    You need to install a driver and a utility app (IG Bypass) they have both on their website. Which tricks the Instagram server to allow upload from PC.

    I hope that helps you.

  • http://about.agungpambudi.com Agung Pambudi

    If gambler cannot upload to instagram, you can use bluestack emulator or duos-m emulator

  • Anna Woods

    I tried using Gramblr, but when I press the upload button, it does nothing. Does anyone have the same problem? How do I fix this?

  • Rob Hulta

    i lost my phone…… fuck you instagram

  • SChan

    download failed:(

  • http://mysparklebox.com/ Shannon

    THANK you for this! I knew something like this had to exist. I need to do all my social media posting in one sitting and this definitely helps.

  • http://www.locksandunlocks.com Locks and unlocks

    I am new on Instagram, is there any option to save or down load images from Instragram. And can I use or upload pic from PC. Is use of Gramblr is safe for Instagram?

  • Miyu Gabriella

    same here!

  • babajee

    Unfortunatly, IFTTT has not listed Instagram under ACTIONS which means you CANT do anything of Instagram using IFTTT (you can only chose Instagram as an ingredient)

  • http://latergram.me/ Roger Patterson

    Thanks for this post Amanda – didn’t know about PicMonkey!

    Just wanted to add that you can also use http://latergram.me to get photos from your computer onto Instagram (and it also gives you the ability to schedule in advance!)

    It’s not completely automated like Gramblr, (the Latergramme app uses the IG app on your phone) however this is because Instagram’s Terms of Service disallow fully automated systems (and your account may be at risk if you do use fully automated systems)

    It’s also free for the basic account!

    Disclaimer: I’m one of the founders of Latergramme so could be slightly biased!

  • GhaZale

    i have problem with bluestack i can’t upload posts in my instagram , it send me a msg , instagram has stoped :|