How To Post an Instagram Video From a PC

Unlike many other social media apps, Instagram doesn’t have a desktop version. This can often be a problem since the web version doesn’t have the same features as the mobile app. And one of those features is the ability to post videos from your PC.

How To Post an Instagram Video From a PC

Instagram recently announced they would make the ability to post videos to their site from a computer possible. In fact, some users reported having this option already. But, this feature is only for posting on your News Feed, not on Instagram Story.

If you’re among those that don’t have this option yet but still want to know how to post a video on Instagram Story from your computer, you’ve come to the right place. This article will provide several methods you can use to upload videos from your computer to Instagram.

How to Post an Instagram Video From a PC

There are several methods you can use to post an Instagram video from a PC. Some of them require you to install third-party software. We’ll guide you through the steps and apps you’ll need.

Instagram

As mentioned, Instagram announced they would make posting videos from computers possible for everyone. Before jumping to the third-party alternatives, check whether you can already post videos to Instagram.

If you have the option, here’s how to post a video from your PC:

  1. Open your browser and go to the Instagram website.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Press the plus sign at the top-right corner.
  4. Drag and drop the video you want to post or select it.

Changing Browser User-Agent

For this method, you’ll need to use Google Chrome.

Follow the instructions below to post an Instagram video from your computer using Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome. If you don’t have it, download it here.
  2. Go to the Instagram website.
  3. Press the three dots at the top-right corner.
  4. Hover over “More tools” and select “Developer Tools.”
  5. Press the “Toggle Device Toolbar” icon. It’s the second icon from the left.
  6. Select “Responsive” below the address bar and choose the mobile interface you want to use.
  7. Refresh the page.

Now your Instagram will have a mobile interface. Post the video as you would from your mobile phone.

INSSIST Chrome Extension

This Chrome extension enables you to use a mobile Instagram interface and post videos as you normally would with your phone.

We’ll walk you through the steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome and visit Chrome Web Store.
  2. Type “Inssist” in the search bar.
  3. Select the first extension and press “Add to Chrome.”
  4. Press “Add extension.”
  5. Press the extension icon at the top-right corner to open Instagram.
  6. Enter your log-in information.
  7. Press the plus sign at the bottom if you want to post to your News Feed. You can also post to Story, IGTV, or schedule a post.
  8. Select the video you want to post.

Instagram Creator Studio

Another way of posting Instagram videos from your computer is using the Instagram Creator Studio. In addition to posting videos from your PC, you can also schedule your posts, tag people, add captions, etc.

Before going into the steps, it’s important to note you need to have an Instagram business account to use this method. If you don’t, here’s how to switch to it:

  1. Open Instagram on your phone.
  2. Tap your profile picture at the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap the three lines at the top-right corner.
  4. Tap “Settings.”
  5. Tap “Account.”
  6. Tap “Switch to Professional Account.”
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Once you’ve set up your business account, follow these instructions to post an Instagram video from your PC using Creator Studio:

  1. Open your browser and visit the Creator Studio website.
  2. Press “Connect Your Account.”
  3. Log in to your Instagram account.
  4. Press “Create Post” at the top-left corner and choose whether you want to post to your News Feed, Story, or IGTV.
  5. Press “Add Content” and upload the video you want to post.
  6. Choose whether you want to post it right away or schedule it.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a platform that integrates with different social media networks and enables you to manage multiple social media accounts. You can use it to post Instagram videos directly from your computer.

Follow these steps to use Hootsuite to post Instagram videos from your PC:

  1. Open your browser and visit the Hootsuite website. Create an account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Press “New Post” at the top-right corner.
  3. Under “Post to,” select your Instagram account. If you just created the Hootsuite account, press “Add social network” to log in to your Instagram.
  4. Drag and drop the video you want to upload or select it. You can also post multiple videos at once.
  5. If you want, add a caption and hashtags.
  6. Choose whether you want to post now or schedule for later.

BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an emulator that enables you to use your computer as you would an Android device. Although it was initially meant to be used for Android games, it also works with Instagram and allows you to post videos as if you were using your phone.

Follow the instructions below to install BlueStacks and use it to post Instagram videos from your PC:

  1. Open your browser and visit the BlueStacks website.
  2. Press “Download BlueStacks” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  3. Open BlueStacks and sign in with your Google account.
  4. Open Play Store and download Instagram. The process is the same as on any Android phone.
  5. Launch Instagram and log in to your account.
  6. Press the plus sign at the bottom to post a video to your News Feed, or press the one at the top-left corner to post it as a Story. You can also post the video on IGTV.

Cloud Storage

If you want to post a video from your computer but don’t want to use third-party software, there’s another option. You can upload the video to cloud storage and use your phone to post it to Instagram. If you don’t have a cloud storage account, the setup process could take some additional time.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to the cloud storage website. We recommend using Dropbox or Google Drive if you don’t have an account already.
  2. Once you’ve set up your account or logged in, upload the video you want to post to Instagram.
  3. Grab your phone and open the cloud storage app you chose.
  4. Find the video and tap “Share.”
  5. Choose “Instagram.”

Post an Instagram Video Without Your Phone

Instagram opened a whole new world when they announced they were enabling users to post videos using their computers, which was previously impossible. But until this option becomes available for everyone, some will need to rely on other ways to upload their videos directly from your PC. The method you choose depends on whether you want to install third-party tools on your computer, use a specific browser, add extensions, etc.

We hope this article helped you learn how to post a video to Instagram video from your PC and that you’ve found the method that suits you best.

Have you ever posted an Instagram video from your computer? Did you use one of the methods we discussed? Tell us in the comments section below.

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