Instagram is one of the most popular social media sites. People of all ages use the platform, but it's especially popular among the younger generations. Instagram is all about visual content, so photos, videos, and other images. This follows the social media trend of less words and more visual content, so Instagram is arguably well set up for the future. Facebook was wise to purchase the platform in 2012; Instagram was becoming a competition, and they were able to acquire the company before things got too far.
Instagram is a lot of fun for individuals, and a great way to share photos and keep up with what your friends are up to. It's also very useful for your business as a marketing tool. In either case, having a strong grasp of how to use the platform will really enhance your experience. Today we're going to talk about uploading content using your Mac or PC. We'll cover both individually, since the process differs. First though, let's talk about why you might want to upload photos or videos on your computer instead of your phone in some cases.
Why upload Instagram content on a computer instead of my phone?
You may upload photos and videos to Instagram from your computer simply because that's where the content is stored. Some people don't keep a lot of pictures and videos on their phone. Once they have a certain amount up there, they just transfer it all to their computer and organize it there.
Another reason is it's difficult to do quality editing of your photos on a phone, plus the editing tools you can have there are limited. Instagram is all about the visual, so you want your content to look amazing. Editing the photos on your computer first is a good way to achieve this.
It's important to note that you can't upload to Instagram directly from your PC by default. However, it's possible with a few extra steps and this is helpful to know, especially if you're wanting to upload a large number of photos, or older photos that aren't on your smart phone.
How to upload content using your Mac?
To do this, you will need to change some browser settings and you are good to go. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Safari web browser on your Mac.
2. Go to Preferences -> Advanced.
3. Tick the "Show Develop menu in menu bar".
4. Go to the Instagram website and log in to your account.
5. Select any mobile device on top.
6. Refresh the Instagram page.
That's it! From there you should be able to upload pictures and videos like you normally would using your mobile phone.
How to upload to Instagram on your PC?
The process is very similar to what you would do using Mac, however the browser settings differ a bit. Follow these steps:
1. Open your Chrome web browser.
2. Go to the Instagram website and log in to your account.
3. Right click on the screen and select "Inspect Element".
4. Then click on the device toggle bar on the upper left corner on the inspect tab.
5. Select any mobile device on top of the screen.
6. Refresh the Instagram page.
From there you're ready to upload content!
There's your guide to uploading to Instagram from your PC or Mac. Hope you found this helpful!