How to Post on Instagram from PC and Mac

One common question we’ve consistently been asked by our community is how to post on Instagram from PC and Mac. It’s a great question, really! Most people think that Instagram only lets you post from your mobile device, which makes planning your feed way more time consuming.

But the reality is that you can (and should!) post on Instagram from your PC and Mac. How exactly? By using a free Instagram scheduler like Later that lets you upload to Instagram from desktop! Here’s our guide on how to post on Instagram from PC and Mac:

Tip #1: Don’t Use Software That Automatically Posts for You!

Instagram is different from most other social networks because it doesn’t allow other apps to automatically post for you. In order to actually post to Instagram, you need to have access to a mobile phone or tablet with the Instagram app. Any app that says they automatically post to Instagram for you is violating Instagram’s terms of service, so use them at your own risk!

What does that mean for you? Your account could be banned from Instagram! Unfortunately, we’ve heard way too many horror stories of users who lost their Instagram account and thousands of hard-earned followers because they were using auto-posting apps. So whichever app you decide to use to schedule Instagram posts, make sure it’s one that sends you notifications.

Tip #2: Use Later to Post on Instagram from PC and Mac

The best apps for scheduling Instagram posts are ones that send you a push notification when it’s time to post, like Later.

After you schedule your posts with Later, a notification gets sent to your mobile device. All you have to do is open the notification and Later automatically sends your scheduled photo to Instagram, and automatically copies your pre-written caption. Just hit “paste” in the caption field and you’re all set to post to Instagram!

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Even if you want to post right away, using Later is a quick and easy way to post on Instagram from desktop, plus it’s a lot easier than sending a ton of photos to your phone. Here’s how to do it:

Step #1: Collect & upload your photos to Later

Whether you’re curating user-generated content for Instagram or creating your own, it’s still important to gather all your content in one place. With Later’s Media Library, you can upload, store, and manage all your photos and videos from anywhere with a WiFi connection. This makes it super easy to find that perfect photo right when you need it!

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Simply drag and drop all your photos and videos from your desktop, Dropbox, or Google Drive directly onto your Media Library.

Add a few labels to help organize your content (by campaign, photoshoot, color, or theme), and voilà, you’re ready to go!

Step #2: Schedule your Instagram posts

Once you’ve collected and uploaded your Instagram content to Later, you can start scheduling your posts! 

We recommend creating an Instagram queue on the “week” tab of Later’s content calendar. All you need to do is double-click the timeslot that you’d like to add and a grey box will appear. To adjust your time, just drag the timeslot to the desired time.

Now when you queue up your Instagram posts, they’ll automatically be scheduled for your desired timeslots! You can select multiple photos or videos from your media library, and simply drag and drop them onto your calendar. It’s that easy!

You can also user Later’s Visual Instagram Planner to rearrange and swap out photos to find that perfect balance for your Instagram feed. Simply drag and drop your photos onto your Visual Instagram Planner, re-arrange them to see how they’ll look in your feed, and save to schedule them!

Step #3: Receive a push notification & publish

As we mentioned above, Instagram doesn’t allow third-party apps to automatically post for you. Using an auto-posting app puts your account at risk of being banned!

In order to let you post on Instagram from PC and Mac, while also safely publishing through the Instagram app, Later came up with a system where a notification gets set to you mobile device with your photo and caption ready to post. When you’re ready, all you have to do is open the notification, and within two clicks, you’re all set to post to Instagram!

Using an Instagram scheduler like Later that lets you post on Instagram from your desktop will save you a ton of time and frustration of trying to get your photos from your computer to your phone! With Later’s Instagram scheduler, you can upload, schedule, and post on Instagram from PC and Mac, as well as tablet and smartphone — so you can work wherever, whenever!

Start scheduling your Instagram posts with Later now!

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Written By

Benjamin Chacon

Benjamin is a Content Writer at Later and recent transplant from Toronto. You can follow his day-to-day exploits on Instagram @benjaminchacs.