How to Post on Instagram from Desktop – Authorized Method for Mac And PC

post to Instagram from desktop

Posting to Instagram directly from Mac or PC is a social media manager’s dream come true. OK, I may be exaggerating, but it’s at least a handy solution.

If you’ve been wondering whether posting to Instagram from desktop is at all possible – yes, it is. If you’ve been wondering whether it’s safe – yes, it can be. If you’ve been wondering whether you’ll find a safe method for posting in this article – yes, definitely. 

In this article, we’ll show you:
  • How to recognize a safe desktop posting method
  • How to post on Instagram from desktop
  • How to use Instagram on desktop in general

So… How do you select the best method to post on Instagram from PC? The case is, you should always go for an authorized solution, here’s why:

An authorized method is safe for your account

In our opinion, security always goes first. 

At every turn, Instagram warns users against third-party apps that don’t follow the platform’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. 

If you do so regardless, here’s what can happen: 

  • The app may be sharing posts that you haven’t posted
  • Your password may be compromised
  • Your account may be blocked

The number of search results in Google shows that the struggle is real:

Blocked Instagram Account Google Search

But enough of the horror stories! You can still post to Instagram from desktop and be 100% sure your account is safe. 

Read now or cry later!

Post on Instagram from desktop – how to distinguish an authorized method

You need to know this first:

Content Publishing is available in Instagram’s official API for Facebook Marketing Partners (and Instagram Partners) only

You will identify the partners by the Facebook Marketing Partner official badge on their websites. 

Facebook marketing partner badge

While the badge is a good sign, there are also ominous signs that should set off alarm bells right away:

Some unauthorized apps may be asking you to reveal your password in order to “connect” the app with your Instagram profile – por favor! You shouldn’t share your password with anyone and trust applications that ask you to do so. That’s a no-no!

Psst! Want to know a secret? NapoleonCat is an official Facebook Marketing Partner!

Only Facebook’s official partners can use the Facebook Marketing Partner badge on their websites.

Aaand one more thing! Posting to Instagram from desktop is available for Instagram Business profiles.

I’m now going to show you how to upload photos to Instagram from desktop. I’ll use an authorized solution from NapoleonCat.

Instagram Publisher – supported devices

NapoleonCat works as a web app. This means you can use it on a desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Well, even tablets are supported.

Instagram desktop Publisher supported devices

You’re only two steps away from uploading to Instagram from desktop. 

First, start a free trial; then continue with the step-by-step guide below.

Post on Instagram from desktop

Post on Instagram from desktop

Keep your Instagram account safe and post using an authorized method.

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How to Post to Instagram from desktop with NapoleonCat

1. Add your Instagram profile(s) to NapoleonCat

First thing’s first. Once you set up your NapoleonCat account, head over to Project Settings and add your Instagram business profile by clicking on the yellow +Add managed profile button. 

NapoleonCat Project Settings – configuring Instagram

If you need support adding your profiles, here’s a detailed instruction to dispel your doubts. 

2. Head over to the Publisher

Once you have your profile(s) connected, head over to our Publisher and click on the yellow plus button to create your Instagram post right here, right now on your PC or Mac. 

How to post on Instagram from desktop – a visual guide from an Instagram desktop publishing app

3. Upload photos to Instagram from desktop

In order to create your post, select the profile(s) you want to post to from the list on the left-hand side. If you also wish to post to other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google My Business), you can do so simultaneously. Seriously. 

Upload to Instagram from desktop using NapoleonCat's Instagram desktop app

In the central part of the post creator, you can create your post. Here are Instagram-specific elements that you can add to your content:

  • An image
  • A video
  • User tags
  • Location tags
  • First comment

You can also:

  • Crop pictures into Instagram-friendly ratios
  • Select custom video thumbnails

On the right-hand side of the post creator, you’ll see what your post will look like on Instagram. 

4. Post now or schedule

Once your post is ready, hit the yellow “Publish” button to publish to Instagram immediately.

Post to Instagram from desktop

Toggle the yellow button below the “First comment” section to switch between publishing and scheduling mode. Click on the calendar icon and choose a date and, subsequently, set a time. Once you switch from publishing to scheduling mode, the “Publish” button at the bottom of the screen will also be replaced with a “Schedule” button.

Schedule Instagram post from desktop

Instagram for desktop FAQ

And now a bonus! We know that you may still have questions about Instagram for desktop, and we have all the answers:

Is there a desktop version of Instagram?

Yes, you can access Instagram on your desktop, regardless whether it’s a PC or a Mac. To do so, simply go to www.instagram.com and log into your account. You’ll be able to:

  • Browse the feed
  • Watch Instagram Stories
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Send private messages
  • Follow and unfollow users
  • Explore content
  • See notifications
  • Edit your profile
  • Adjust settings
  • Access your saved posts

How do I download Instagram on my desktop?

There’s no need to download Instagram on your desktop; you can access the platform directly from your browser. After logging in, you can perform most actions available in the mobile version of Instagram. If you wish to post to Instagram from desktop, you need to seek help with authorized external tools such as NapoleonCat’s Publisher

Can I post to other social media platforms with NapoleonCat?

Apart from Instagram, NapoleonCat’s Publisher works with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google My Business. Most importantly, you can post to all these platforms simultaneously and add platform-specific elements (e.g. links, UTM tags, and location tags) to adjust your posts to these platforms. No more switching between tabs!

Post to multiple social media platforms simultaneously

Post to multiple social media platforms simultaneously

Plan ahead and schedule publications to Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google My Business using a single dashboard.

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How do I post on Instagram from my computer?

In order to post to Instagram from your PC or Mac, use authorized external tools such as NapoleonCat. External publishing tools allow you to adjust content from the convenience of your desktop or laptop and post directly to your Instagram Business profile. 

Is there an Instagram desktop app?

There’s a desktop app for Instagram that works similarly to the web version: you can perform most actions available in the mobile app except publishing. Instagram for Windows doesn’t work with old versions of PCs or Macs. 

Instagram app for desktop

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