Instagram is a very popular social media app also available on iOS, which allows you to share photos and videos with your followers (friends, family and colleagues) across different social media platforms. This guide is about how to use Instagram on Mac and upload photos.
How to use Instagram on Mac:
Instagram is available for iOS devices, however photos can be viewed and liked through the desktop site. But you cannot upload photos or videos to your account via Instagram’s website. On website you can only view your profile, edit it, search for people, see your followers and like posts. So, Instagram’s website doesn’t give you the power to upload anything, but here are ways to make it happen, keep reading.
How to Upload photos to Instagram on Mac
Well, accessing your Instagram account via website is perhaps the most pure way to experience Instagram on Mac but there are some other alternatives available. There are many third-party apps available on the Mac App Store that offer the ability to use Instagram, browse your feed, check your notifications and most of all post pictures from your Mac onto Instagram (unlike website).
So, the most popular of all the other third party Instagram apps is Flume. Flume presents your Instagram feed in true OS X style with swipe support. You can download it here
After launching the app you’ll see stream of pictures with no text, options to like or comment, however, clicking on a photo will bring up the caption, along with icons to like and comment on the photo. You’ll find it very impressive the app also shows your recent notifications and top pictures. The best part is it also includes the feature which is photo and video upload support, a feature offered by Flume and few other third-party Instagram apps.
Just bring the mouse arrow over the bottom left hand corner of the app and the menu will slide in, then clicking the camera icon will allow you to take a photo/video or upload one. Flume 2.0 is free to download, but users only get a few ‘free’ uploads and then the upgrade is needed (via IAP) to Flume Pro, it offers unlimited uploads, plus multiple account support. With all the features accessing Instagram, official Mac app, Flume worths giving a try.
Use Emulators to upload photos
An emulator is what you need to upload photos from your Mac on Instagram. One of the most consistent and trusted emulators we’ve come across is Bluestacks.
A free Android emulator that can be downloaded on desktop computers. To install the program on your Mac go to the bluestacks website and follow the instructions.
After downloading the app you need to setup your emulated Android device. For which you need to have a Google account. After signing in to your Google account, you’ll be prompted to sign into a Bluestacks account. Again, you’ll need to create and link it to your Google account.
That’s all, you can now use the Android emulator. You’ll see play store (Android’s App store) at your home screen. Tap it and search for Instagram and install the app. After downloading the app on your Android emulator, sign-in and start using the popular social media app. In the app tap the camera button and record or take a picture through your Mac. Also, you can upload an existing image or video you have stored on your Mac’s hard drive.