Following the advice of some friends, you joined Instagram , to stay up to date on content posted by people you know. However, after having interacted for a long time with the posts and stories of others, you are willing to be actively part of the social network community by posting photos and / or videos on your profile.
How do you say? That’s the way it is, and since you are still new to the world of technology, would you like to know more about how to upload photos to Instagram ? In this case, do not worry: in the next chapters of this guide I will explain how to use all the social network features relating to the publication of content from smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Having said that, let’s get to the heart of the matter and immediately see how to use the main features of Instagram to post content in all sections of the latter, acting from any operating system and device. Have a good reading and have fun!
How to upload photos to Instagram from mobile
Having made the necessary premises, I can now explain how to upload photos to Instagram and, in this regard, know that you have several options at your disposal: you can upload a photo to Instagram by creating a new post visible in the Feed ; you can create Stories (temporary content that expires after 24 hours), or you can share your snaps privately with other users in direct messages .
Also, if you wonder how to upload photos to Instagram in high resolution because you intend to publish your images in original format and without losing quality , you must take into consideration that, as far as posts are concerned, the recommended dimensions are 1080 x 566 pixels for horizontal photos, 1080 x 1350 pixels for vertical photos, and 1080 x 1080 pixels for 1: 1 aspect ratio photos. In the Instagram stories , however, the recommended size is 1080 x 1920 pixels. All clear? Yes? Well, then let’s take action.
Post photos on Instagram in the Feed
The first step you need to take to upload photos to Instagram is to start the Instagram app on your Android smartphone or iPhone and, if necessary, log in to your account.
Once this is done, press the icon [+] and choose whether to take a photo in real time (the camera icon ) or whether to upload an image already present on your smartphone, by choosing the content of your interest through the Gallery of your device.
At this point, in case you ask yourself how to upload photos to Instagram without cutting them because you would like to publish them whole, click on the button with the icon of the two arrows , to switch from rappo rto 1: 1 to the possibility of publishing a vertical or horizontal photo.
Then, tap the Next button that is located at the top right and applies any filters or adjustments (eg. for parameters such as brightness and contrast ), using the tools you can see by clicking on the Edit item.
Once you have made all the desired changes to your image, press the Next item located at the top right; type an accompanying caption for the photo in the text field Write a caption … and, finally, tap the Share button, located at the top right, so that the image is published on Instagram.
Wondering how to upload photos to Instagram without posting them ? You can do this by putting the image in the drafts . To do this, go back, using the arrow key to the left , before pressing the Share button and then tap on the Save draft item, in order to complete the operation.
If you have any doubts or problems, please refer to my guide on how to post on Instagram.
Upload photos to Instagram stories
Now let’s move on to Instagram Stories , that is, temporary sequences of photos, videos and textual content that “expire” and, therefore, do not can no longer be viewed by other users after 24 hours from their publication.
To create a Story on Instagram, press the (+) icon located in the upper left corner of the social network main screen (next to your profile photo trong>).
Then, in the screen that is shown to you, tap or hold down the round button to take a photo or record a video , or, by swiping from bottom to top, create Stories by uploading photos and / or videos by choosing from the elements already present on the memory of your smartphone.
After creating (or selecting) the contents to be shared via Instagram Stories, customize them with written (the icon Aa ) and stickers (the square face icon) using the icons at the top. Finally, click on the Your Story button, to post the image or video in the stories of the social network.
Alternatively, you can also share the content in question with your closest friends. If you have any doubts or problems, please refer to my guide on how Instagram Stories work.
Post photos on Instagram in direct messages
I direct messages are messages containing videos or photos that can be exchanged with individual users, through the internal messaging system of Instagram.
To take advantage of this function, all you have to do is press the icon of the airplane located at the top right of the Instagram home screen.
Then, tap the button with the pencil and sheet of paper icon, also located at the top right, type the name of the person to you want to send a photo to and press the Chat button.
In the next screen, you can send text messages via the text field Write a message and share photos and videos privately, by clicking on the camera icon to make them on the spot or on the multimedia gallery to share items already in the device memory.
If you have any doubts or problems, please refer to my guide on how to chat on Instagram.
Manage photos shared on Instagram
After sharing photos on Instagram, you can manage everything related to your shots by accessing your profile.
To to do this, just tap on the icon depicting a little man (or the thumbnail of your profile ) that you find in the lower right part of the main application screen.
Once you have identified the shot you published on Instagram, tap it, in order to read the comments (via the comic ). You can also decide to privately send the image in question to other users, using the airplane icon .
Furthermore, you can delete ( Delete ), modify ( Modify ) or archive ( Archive ) the image by clicking on the ( …) that you find in the upper right corner of the same.
How to publish photos on Instagram from tablet
The official app of Instagram it can also be installed on tablets, via the Android Play Store (or via alternative stores) or the iOS / iPadOS App Store , even if you have to take into account which, unfortunately, is not optimized for this type of device.
On iPad , for example, you can install just an “enlarged” version of the iPhone app by searching for Instagram in the App Store and selecting, if you do not find it, the option iPhone only in the drop-down menu Filters> Supports located at the top left.
The operation of the Instagram app for tablets is identical to that for smartphones and, therefore, you can publish photos and / or videos in posts and stories, using the information I have given you in the previous chapters.
How to upload photos to Instagram from PC
At the moment, there are no official solutions that allow you to upload photos to Instagram from PC .
However you can resort, for example, to the use of the official website of the social network, in combination with an extension that modifies the user agent of the browser, disguising it in such a way as to make it look like that of a smartphone, in order to access the content upload functionality.
The tools of this type are free, however I advise you to use them only for the time strictly necessary: installing unofficial extensions, in fact, can involve privacy risks (as these tools, in order to work, require to access data relating to the websites visited). In this regard, I recommend that you uninstall the extensions when they are no longer needed.
Having made the necessary premises above, to upload photos on Instagram from PC using Chrome or a browser based on the same engine (e.g. Edge or Opera ), you can install the free extension User Agent Switcher , by visiting the relevant page of the Chrome Web Store and clicking first on the Add button and then on Add Extension .
When installation is complete, click on extension icon located at the top right and select the user agent of a mobile device in the menu located at the top (eg. Android> Android KitKat ).
Instead, to upload photos to Instagram from PC using Firefox , install the free User extension -Agent Switcher by pressing the Add to Firefox button and then Install . To use the addon, click on its icon (the globe ), and press the Android or Apple icon from the Select a mobile device section in the box that is shown to you, then reload the site page Instagram official.
After using extension, restores the default user agent by clicking on the User-Agent Switcher icon and then pressing the check mark located in the lower left corner. If you no longer need the extension, uninstall it.
If you are using macOS you can change the user agent via the Safari browser. To do this, go to the Safari> Preferences menu. Then, in the next screen, select the Advanced tab and put the check mark next to the Show Development menu in the menu bar item, to activate the menu with the Development tools Safari.
Once this is done, visit the official Instagram site and go to the Development> User agent menu, to set one of the user agents related to Safari – iOS .
Once you have enabled the user agent change on your browser, you can use the (+) button to upload photos to Instagram , using the official website of the social network, as if you were using a mobile device, as I explained to you in the previous chapter.
How to upload photos to Instagram from Facebook
To upload photos to Instagram from Facebook you can use the default tool of the social network called Creator Studio which can be used by accounts Corporate Instagram that have been connected to a Facebook page, allows you to publish content on Instagram from a computer, but only in posts .
To use this service, connect to the Creator Studio official website, and log in to your Facebook profile. Once this is done, click on the Start button and then on the Instagram icon located in the top menu, in order to connect the photo social network account.
At the end of the connection to your account Instagram , to publish contents within the Feed of the social photo network, click the Create post button located in the upper left corner. Then, in the menu that is shown to you, click on the Instagram Feed item.
At this point, choose whether to upload a photo from the gallery of your device ( From uploaded files ) or whether to import one previously uploaded to the Facebook page connected to the Instagram account ( From the Facebook page ).
Now, customize the publication of the post , writing the caption ( Write your caption) and possibly adding the geographic tag ( Add place ).
Finally, to publish the photo on your Instagram profile, press the Publish button. If, on the other hand, you want to schedule the publication, press the ▼ icon and, after setting the time and the day of sharing, click on the Schedule button . Easy, right?
How to upload photos to Instagram from Windows 10 PC
Instagram has released an official app for Windows 10 but, unfortunately, since the operation of the latter is the same as that of the Web version of the social network, it cannot be used to upload photos to posts or Stories.
Therefore, if you want to succeed in this intent, you must take advantage of the other solutions I told you about in the previous chapters of this tutorial.
What do in case of problems
You can’t to upload photos to Instagram due to an error? There may be some network problem. First try to upload the image again both in Wi-Fi and via data network , and make sure that the failure to upload the images is not due to exceeding the limits traffic or connection problems not due to the app.
Excluding connection problems, try restarting the smartphone, starting again Instagram and to carry out the whole sharing procedure from scratch.
If not even this solution is able to solve the problem you encountered, please take into consideration that this could be due to a downtime of the service you did not depeso.
In this regard, you can consult this page of the Downdetector website, to find out if there are problems with Instagram . In this case, wait some time, so that you can subsequently evaluate whether or not the difficulties encountered persist.
problems persist or, in case of further doubts or problems, I suggest you consult the Instagram Help Center.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
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