How to post to Instagram from Mac

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Instagram is a brilliant tool for taking, editing and sharing photos on a smartphone. It’s also a great tool for marketing a brand on social media. However, very often, especially if you use it for marketing, you’ll have a photo on your Mac that you want to share – and transferring it your iPhone is an extra step that can be inconvenient at best. In this article, we’ll tell you how to post on Instagram using your Mac only.

How to use Instagram on a Mac?

To upload to Instagram from Mac, you'll need an app like Uplet. It allows you to post photos and videos directly to Instagram while preserving the original quality of your content. And, if you use Setapp apps like Luminar Flex to edit your photos and Sip to choose the perfect colors for it, you have the perfect Instagram marketing platform right on your Mac. Even if you only use Instagram for fun or socializing, being able to post directly from your Mac is very handy.

Uplet also allows you to add as many accounts as you like and bulk upload photos to these accounts in a click. This makes Uplet a perfect tool for businesses that post heaps of content and want to streamline the whole process. Here’s how to use Uplet to post on Instagram from Mac.

How to post pictures to Instagram from Mac

Good news is, you don’t need a special uploader for Instagram on Mac. It’s all done easily through Uplet. You get a simple Instagram uploader for all your accounts. Simply open Setapp, find Uplet, install the app and run it. Then you only need to log into your Instagram account (or add multiple accounts), and when you see the upload button in the Uplet’s window — you’re ready to post.

Add photos and videos to Instagram from a Mac

From then on, it’s pretty basic: Adjust the size, add captions, and post. The nice thing about Uplet is that it allows you to bulk upload many photos or videos and edit them all individually — so that each one has a personalized appearance. You can choose to fit your upload into a traditional square frame, customize height and width, or even go with the original size. Learn more about instagram dimensions and sizes

bulk upload photos or videos

In the text box below your photo, write a caption that will be posted with it. Remember to include hashtags and emojis — Uplet allows you to do that right from a Mac’s desktop so that you don’t have to refer to your mobile to complete a post.

Instagram is extremely limited in terms of image editing, so you might want to refer to better software. Well-edited images are the deal breakers on IG after all. Since you already have Setapp account, you have two options depending on your proficiency and love for detail.

Photo editing apps you can use right away on Setapp:

  • If you’re an amateur-to-professional photographer, try CameraBag Pro. It’s an app that combines both ready filters and ultra-detailed editing, including nuanced skin tone correction and eye-sparking tools.
  • If you just need quick and smart results, go for Photolemur. It’s an app that uses built-in AI to analyze what’s in the picture and how it should be edited. It’s a one-click editor that basically does magic but on the downside: you have limited influence on that magic, apart from the intensity of it.

How upload video to instagram from Mac

Nothing of major difference from uploading pictures. You grab a video and drag it all the way into the window that opens when you click the plus button in Uplet. Mac Instagram users are going to enjoy not having to move their videos to their iPhones to upload on IG. 

upload your videos to Instagram from desktop

When you choose and prep your videos to upload to Instagram from desktop, keep in mind a few things:

  1. Large videos will take longer to upload (duh), give Uplet some time to process them.
  2. Instagram only allows videos that are up to 1 minute, so if your video is longer, cut it before uploading or it will get cut automatically.

How to add and switch between multiple Instagram accounts?

Uplet allows you to post on Instagram from Mac, switching between multiple accounts. So if you’re wondering how to repost on Instagram, you should know there’s no need to do that. Simply add another account and post your content to different spots from Mac: 

  1. Click the Account name > Add an Account
  2. Enter the credentials and log in
  3. To switch across accounts, hit the account name you want to use. No need to log in and out again.

That’s about it. Using Instagram for Mac on desktop is nothing new. We’re still surprised that with such a huge audience and business behind it, Instagram still hasn’t introduced a decent desktop client of its own. Luckily for you, there are apps that cover the problem with ease.

We hope this guide has been of help and now you know how to bypass the tricky Mac-iPhone file shifting. It’s a pain to be forced to move every image to your phone when it’s ready for posting, so Uplet to the rescue. Have a great day, post a lot, cheers!

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