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  • With this workaround, are you able to crop the photos square? Now that IG allows non-square photos to be posted, it doesn’t really matter, but it would be nice to know if there is that option.

    • seanrnicholson

      Yes. What happens is Hootsuite sends the photo to the Instagram app on your mobile device. Once it is opened in Instagram, you have the ability to crop, add filters, captions and hashtags and then publish to your Instagram account.

      • Ahh, very well. While multiple steps are involved, it does offer a better desktop option! Thanks!

        • seanrnicholson

          There’s still a lot to be desired from a user experience. I’m going to try it for a while, but I might end up going back to my Dropbox solution. We’ll see…

      • belima

        actually it’s not possible not to crop, is it?? I couldn’t find a way to post landscape/portrait pics in instagram through Hootsuite 🙁

        • seanrnicholson

          Belima – Are you on iOS or Android? On Android, after choosing to view the image in Instagram, the first screen I am taken to is the Crop screen, which let’s me crop the photo. I haven’t tried landscape photos yet, though.

          • belima

            exactly! I’m on Android.. We can’t choose not to crop.. I noticed every time u use the share button from within another app u r taken right to the crop screen.. the only way to post landscape/portrait uncropped pics is to choose them from inside Instagram directly.. that’s sad 🙁

  • Brigitte James

    Thank you for your post on getting photos to Instagram from a Mac (or PC). I was using DropBox but too much hard work! I then saw that ‘Instastack’, ‘PhotoDesk’ and ‘Grids For Mac’ are not recommended when I read across posts on Google but what about ‘UpLoader For Instagram’? Have you tried that? I haven’t downloaded it yet but that seems to be highly recommended. I don’t see any of the above mentioned in your posts. I need to get my paintings from iPhoto to my Instagram …

  • Brigitte James

    It looks to me like Hootsuite will cost after 30 days as well, is that right?

  • rapso

    Here is my conundrum! I want to use Hootsuite to schedule Instagram photos but I want to filter and edit them first, so my boss can just share them without any editing when they are scheduled. So I was trying to figure out a way to do my Instagram photos from Macbook then schedule on Hootsuite. So I know how to edit my photos and save for later (airplane mode), I know how to use Hootsuite for scheduling but I don’t want to keep switching devices. I want to use my Macbook for everything…boo!

  • Brandon

    Agreed that dropbox is not the answer. While I use hootsuite for a my queued tweet and occasionally other social posts I have found that the problem with the instagram feature (like dropbox) is that I have to plan for everything. Just like my tweets, I can queue up some of my instagram post but others (tweets and instagram posts) need to happen as a response to what’s going on around the profiles I represent. In conjunction with hootsuite I have been using the younity app which allows me to post my photos stored on my computer directly to Instagram. All with the benefit of not having to plan in advance.

  • Pat T.

    I discovered I could use Facebook to publish to Instagram:

    First, I made a private album and uploaded (as a test) a dozen images from my computer.
    I couldn’t find a way to upload the files to Instagram from my Windows PC, but if I used Facebook on my Samsung tablet and clicked on photo, I got the “Share external” option under the 3-vertical-dots menu that let me upload the photo to Instagram. On my phone, the Facebook menu items were in a different place, but I still had the “Share external” option.

    This also gave me full editing options when the photo was uploaded to Instagram.

    Of course, you can only do one photo at a time, but you can upload (drag & drop) a large number of photos to a Facebook album while on your PC, and then use your phone or tablet some time later to get them into Instagram. Just use a Facebook album set on “private” if you don’t want anyone on Facebook to see them.

    • Debbie Lewis

      Best solution!!! Thank you 🙂

    • Shameer Ahmad

      be aware that facebook HEAVILY reduces the quality of the image. Google Drive and Dropbox do NOT.

  • Dave

    I like gramblr better… tried hootsuite and bluestack but couldn’t upload my video.

  • Jillian Glover

    I’m used to hootsuite for twitter and facebook so nice that I can use it for instagram too. BUT…. the comments or status which I write to go with the photo do not make it into Instagram. I see them on the hootsuite app but when I hit “share” all that shows up is the picture. I can then add the comments at that point of course, but it’s not so easy – and certainly not efficient. I’m sure I’m missing something – just not sure what! Any ideas? Thanks!

  • Rocktivity

    Does this require that you have phone anyway?

  • nathanejohn

    I love to use deskgram.com
    This is the best site i used ever before.
    We can easily upload photos to Instagram account by using deskgram.
    just signup for deskgram then login to your Instagram and then allow a java script to run and then finally enjoy uploading thousands of photos to your Instagram account

  • Christian Z.

    Part of the problem here is people thinking that Instagram is the only service that can or should ever be used to post photos online. Instagram is okay for single shots from your phone. Other services are better for things like albums from trips you take.

    • That depends on the purpose. If you just want to upload photos there are many ways to do that, but if you specifically want to upload stuff to IG you have limited options to do so from a PC.

  • waterrose

    I came across this looking for something else. All you have to do on a Mac is send your photos to the cloud and you have access to your photos for any device and can then send them to any social media site, including instagram. I do it this way all of the time.

  • sportsnapper

    Almost too much trouble – I quite like the dropbox solution! Esp as I distribute lots of my images to clients this way anyway..

  • David A King

    So how is this possible using just a desktop PC? That was the point of it, right? yet it seems we still need to have a mobile device with a mobile app installed, which is what I am trying to avoid. So how to do it from a desktop, no mobile involved at all?

  • Although cumbersome, this is exactly what I was looking for to avoid transferring amounts of photos to my space-limited phone. Great write up! Thanks!

  • Duh! Why didn’t I think of this before? Thank you for sharing. Definitely going to give this a shot.

  • Hey Sean, thanks for the article! Great one! e actually found a solution that works for us. By using Onlypult, you can upload photos from your desktop and schedule it without the need of two-steps process. It works wonders! 😀

    • Temogen

      This cost money though and who needs monthly bills for social media.

  • Rich Ewoods

    Well, that all sounds like a lot of hard work. This is what I do – works with any type of PC or Mac and any type of smart phone.

    1. Get the image you want to post to Instagram up on your computer screen (best to turn out the room lights so the image is a bright as possible).

    2. Using Instagram on your smart phone simply photograph the image on the computer screen.

    3. Then upload to Instagram in the normal way adding captions etc as you would with any other image.

    Bingo! Instant upload straight from your computer. This also allows you to do any Photoshopping or other image editing before you upload. It helps if you have a high res screen on which to display your image, but, just use the best you have. I guarantee the results.

    • Daniel Christev

      This is an awful solution!!! Please do not do this…

      • Rich Ewoods

        It’s simple, quick, involves no third party software, it’s free and it works! I’ll admit it’s technically crude but ‘awful’, that’s a bit harsh.

        • Daniel Christev

          I just really hate it when people take a photo of their screen, it really butchers the image.

          • Rich Ewoods

            I appreciate your point generally speaking but I have a 27-inch (5120 x 2880) iMac. The image quality is soo good I doubt you can see any difference when I repost a ‘screen shot’ in this way. If you have a moment @richwoodsaus you could check for yourself. I have posted a small number of images on Instagram, some of them are ‘screen shots’.

            I would much prefer to find a software solution as I wish to start using Instagram to promote an existing business. I have a ton of product images I would like to upload complete with reasonably extensive captions so I really need to be able to do this from my computer. My @richwoodsaus Instagram efforts to date are simply practice as I have not used the platform before. I have had a look at Flume and Gramblr but have not actually tried them as yet.

  • You’re literally just describing a web programme that EMAILS your photo to your phone. You could just do this your self. this solution helps NOTHING

  • Julia Balandina

    Hi! Nice article, but I have one question. Why not to use online services for uploading pics from PC on insta? I upload and schedule photos thanks to .push.photo . What do you think?

  • Peregrine John

    Got a much better way, for those who use a real camera: Don’t use Instagram.

    Works like a charm, and will until they get it together.

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