One wonders why Instagram at this level of exposure in “technology made-easy” refused to allows users have the ability to upload photos from your desktop. Currently, it is not possible to use the official app for Windows 10, or even the Instagram website. Same issue continues with macOS as there’s no Instagram app for that.

That’s so annoying especially after taken photos with your digital camera and wants to post them on your Instagram page, you would rather need a smartphone to bail you out. Or you want to edit your pictures and videos using desktop software before uploading them.

Well, thanks to unlimited access to tech world, there are a couple of handy ways to beat this restriction and upload photos to Instagram from your PC or Mac. All you need is a little free software.

Method 1: Through Vivaldi Browser

Step 1. Download Vivaldi Browser

The super-customizable web browser Vivaldi offers the easiest and quickest way to upload photos to Instagram from your PC or Mac. It does this by running the mobile version of Instagram’s website in a web panel.

Download and install Vivaldi, then you can either chose to run use the wizard to import bookmarks and set your preferences,  or click ‘Skip all’ and continue with the browser’s default settings.

Step 2. Creating a web panel

Now, go to the address bar and go to, then click the plus icon (Add Web Panel) on the left-hand side of the browser interface. The URL will be filled in automatically, so all you have to do is click the plus again.

The mobile version of Instagram will now appear in a sidebar on the left-hand side of the browser, and will stay there as you browse other sites. Log into your account, then resize the sidebar until the mobile site fits in comfortably.

3. Upload to Instagram

Simply click on the plus icon at the bottom of the website to choose a photo from your PC or Mac, apply filters, add a caption and tags, and upload it to your account.

Method 2: Using Android Emulator (e.g BlueStacks App Player)

Step 1. Get BlueStacks App Player

The Instagram app for Android is amazing, and you can actually run it on your desktop using free Android emulator such as BlueStacks App Player, Nox, or any other one (See the 10 best Android Emulators). This enable you to upload photos to Instagram from your PC or Mac.

Download and install BlueStacks, then wait a few minutes while the engine starts for the first time. You can close the tutorial using the cross at the top right, ensure you select the correct language and tap the arrow button.

Step 2. Log into your Google account

Click ‘Continue’, then log in using your Google account just the way you do on your Android phone. Review the terms of service and, if you agree, click ‘OK’.

The next checkboxes are completely optional; if you’re only using BlueStacks to upload to Instagram, feel free to uncheck them all. Click the Next arrow, then enter your name (it’ll only be used to personalize some apps).

Step 3. Install the Instagram app

Now, you will see a version of the Google Play Store.

Search for Instagram (the search bar is in the top right), select the official app when it appears and click Install. The app will request access to information including your contacts and location. If that’s OK with you, click ‘Accept’. 

Once you are done, the Instagram icon will appear under the My Apps tab. Click it once to launch it.

4. Uploading, apply filters and share

BlueStacks will change to the size and shape of a vertically-oriented smartphone. Sign into your Instagram account with your usual details (the login link is at the bottom). Your Instagram feed will appear as it would on a phone.

Click the plus icon at the bottom, then select ‘Gallery’. Click the ‘Gallery’ drop-down menu at the top left and select ‘Other’, then click ‘Pick from Windows’. Find the photo you want to upload, select it and click ‘Open’.

You can now crop the picture, add filters and a caption, and share it with your followers via all the usual social networks.

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