What is Instagram?
Instagram is a social media platform that emphasizes photos and video sharing through mobile or computer. It was first launched on iOS in 2010 and it was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. And it’s a real challenge knowing how to post on Instagram from PC – which we’ll elaborate further.
With over 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram belongs to the most popular social networks worldwide and is growing every second due to the latest trends being found in this platform( it is also free to download on iOS Android, and Windows devices ).
Instagram is mostly used by young people, unlike Facebook where almost everyone has one. According to a study, 75% of Instagram users were the ages of 18–24-year-olds. It’s a great place to interact with friends and family through comments, likes, and shares. You can create your account and have a news feed.
It is a place where you can follow, unfollow, block, chat with people, and many more. Since Instagram is mostly used for posting pictures let’s look at two ways that you can post a new picture in your Instagram feed.
How can you post new pictures/videos on Instagram?
Let’s look at the 2 ways you can post a new Instagram picture/video
From your phone
Posting from your phone is the most common and most probably all of your friends post from your phone. So since it is easy you will learn correctly and fast from the steps listed below.
The first thing you have to do is go to Instagram, click the big plus(+) on the bottom after that you will see the recent pictures that you took showing up on the screen. Click the one that you want to post ( or take one right now) and after that, you will have some options:
- Putting a filter on
- Editing the picture (saturation, brightness, crop the image, and many more)
- Put a caption on
- Tag friends,.. etc
If you want to leave it as it is, then you can just skip all of the options given and simply post it by clicking the share button on the top right, and after refreshing your page, you will be able to see the picture you just uploaded.
From your pc
Here’s how to post on Instagram from Pc.
If you log into your Instagram from your PC, you will get a different version (which does not let you post pictures/ videos), and not the one that you are used to seeing on your phone. So posting from your Pc may require more steps but when you learn them everything will look really easy:
- The first thing you need to do is go to instagram.com on your PC and log in
- Then click anywhere to the right. You will see Inspect listed at the bottom of the menu which appears: click that
- You will see the HTML code on the right of the screen. At the top of that, there is an icon showing a tablet and a phone – if you hover over it you will see that is called the Toggle device toolbar.
Click it and the rest of the screen will then display the website on a mobile view. At the top of the screen, you’ll see a drop-down menu that allows you to choose what kind of device you want to simulate, so you can choose an iPhone or whatever else you want
Now for the absolutely key bit (thank you to my colleagues Hannah and Antonio for getting me up to speed on this part!): refresh the browser using F5 or the Reload page button. You’ll then see the crucial button, missing until now, that you get on your phone: the + in a square which represents ‘Add picture/video’.
Pressing it on your PC will present the usual file explorer, allowing you to navigate to the media of your choice.
Choose a Filter if you like, click Next, add your caption, location, tagged people (optional ), and click Share to post it to Instagram. After these steps are completed you will be able to look at the picture you uploaded.
Here are some screenshots to make it easier for you:
In conclusion, posting from your phone is much more common than posting from a PC since it is easier and faster. Posting from a pc is mostly done by someone who has a large number of followers and wants to post the best content so that they keep and gain new ones.
Posting from your Pc may look complicated at first but the second time you won’t have any problems. However, if it’s your first time using Instagram we would first recommend you learn how to post from your phone since it’s less complicated and then you can upgrade to learning how to post from your Pc which will be way easier if you know how to post from your phone.