How to upload photos to instagram from computer (online)


Instagram lets you upload photos from your smartphone. But if you don’t have one, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to do the same from your computer. Or maybe you want to do it anyway. Well, it’s possible. In this article, we will show you how to upload photos to Instagram from your computer.

To upload photos to Instagram from your computer, you’ll need to run the Instagram app on your system. A software named BlueStacks helps you to run the app inside a virtual environment.

Steps to upload photos to Instagram

1. Download and Install BlueStacks. (Required to run Instagram. Ref: How to install and run Android apps on your PC )

2. Download and install Instagram in Bluestacks by double clicking the .apk file. Launch Instagram from BlueStacks’ library. (You might have to install  Android-Market-Installer in order to run Instagram on Bluestacks)

3. Login to Instagram (You need to sign up for Instagram in order to use it, if you haven’t already yet).

4. Click the icon Instagram Settings at the bottom right corner >> Click the top right icon Instagram Settings 2 next to the Search button >> Camera Settings and uncheck “Use Instagram’s Advanced Camera” option.

5. Click on Instagram Camera icon (Camera icon) at the bottom of the app. A menu pops up asking you to provide a source for the photos to be uploaded. Select Photo Gallery.

[ Update: For people having problems with syncing Photos from hard drive, check out How to directly Access your local files from BlueStacks on Windows. ]

6. You should see all the photos from your Windows default Pictures folder. Look for the photo you want to upload from the Gallery, and select it.

7. Crop/Resize the photo and click Accept.

8. Apply Instagram filters to the photo (if you want to), finalize your changes and click Instagram next in the top right corner.

9. Fill up the details and click Upload in the top right corner. And you’re done!

Update: We have found out that some of our readers have faced problems while 
installing the Instagram app. Users get errors like 
Apk Installation failed: INSTALL_FAILED_INVALID_APK 
when they double click on the .apk. For similar " Apk Installation failed" problems, 
try to install apks from within BlueStacks instead of double clicking them from 
Windows. Read this article to find out how to access your local files inside 
BlueStacks. Now download and install the Android Market Installer using 
OI File Manager inside BlueStacks. And then install the Instagram app in the 
same way inside BlueStacks. Doing this will also solve the "Dismiss" Sign Up error.


Before running the Instagram app in Bluestacks, ensure that you place all the photos you want to upload, in the default pictures directory (C:\Users\[Username]\Pictures\ for Windows Vista, 7 or 8, assuming C is your Windows directory). It takes some time for BlueStacks to Sync all your photos to the gallery. So be patient till it’s done.

Post photos to Instagram from PC (Smartphone required)

Most Instagram users nowadays own a smartphone. And if you are a photo buff, chances are that your digital camera takes better quality photos compared to your smartphone. You may also have thousands of photos stored across multiple devices. Your smartphone may hold a few 100 photos, but your computer can store your entire photo collection. If only there was a way to access all those photos from your computer and share them on Instagram.

Post photos to Instagram from PC

Well, with Younity, now you can. If you haven’t heard about it, Younity is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you access and share content (documents, photos, music, video, etc.) from all your devices. All you need to do is install Younity on all your devices and the app will automatically provide unified access to all your files across all them. The people behind Younity have recently announced support for Instagram. So now you can access all your photos within the Younity app, and post them directly to Instagram from your iPhone or iPad.

Share photos from your computer using iPhone/iPad

The Younity client can be installed on both Mac and PC. However, in order to access and share photos on Instagram, you’ll require the iPhone or iPad app. Unfortunately, Younity is still not available for Android or Windows Phone.

To share photos on Instagram via Younity, just follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install Younity for iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure Younity is installed on all your devices – it will automatically find your photos.
  3. Open Younity on your iPhone/iPad and go to the Photos View or Files View.
  4. Browse and select a photo on your computer and tap on the “Activity View Controller” (Share) button in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  5. Select Instagram from the list of available apps.
  6. Resize your photo and tap on Done. The photo now opens up in Instagram.
  7. Add suitable filters to the photo and tap on Share.

And that’s it. The photo will be posted to Instagram. You can optionally add your comments, captions, hashtags and tag your friends too. Try sharing on Instagram with Younity today and let us know how you like it.

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  • anzil

    everytime i click the camera icon it goes back to home.

    • Thanks for your valuable comments. It seems that an additional setting is required to make this work. We have modified this post to include that setting. Please refer to the 4th step to fix your problem.

  • frances

    exactly the same thing. i click on camera icon and it goes back to home.

    • Roxn

      It’s working fine for me @ Windows Vista SP2 with DNF 4. 🙂
      @anzil and @frances, what OS you guys are using?

  • Mark

    When I select “Photo Gallery”, Instagram displays ALL folders that contain images, not just my default pictures folder.

  • michelle

    How long should it take to sync my pictures folder with the gallery? I downloaded about an hour ago, saw that you mentioned it might take some time, but it’s telling me ‘there are no items in your collection’. Just wondering if I skipped a step..

  • Lesueno

    I don’t think it works for me on Mac +Mountain Lion…
    I couldn’t even add any apps into Bluestacks.
    Is there something im missing?

    • DeepMac

      nahhh dude im having the exact same problem!!


    I have a problem, I use Windows XP and I installed Instagram succesfully; I can search my pictures but once that I crop the image it becomes black and I never can apply the filters, If I upload this image the result is a black photo. Is a matter of XP? or Instagram?? HELP

  • kate

    I HAVE A PROBLEM, i have downloaded & installed bluestacks, but there is no instagram at all

    • Roxn

      You need to download and install the Instagram app separately. It can be downloaded from here >>

  • Loreal

    Works fine for me.

  • Isa

    Worked perfectly to me! Thank you so much guys 🙂 this page is amazing!

    • mael

      are u using windows xp ?

  • Maria

    It works for me 🙂 thank you… but I got this problem, I only can use 4 filters, where are the other ones? how can I use them?…


  • Ronnie

    How can I paste something from my pc to BlueStacks? Can someone help me?

  • anon123

    Maria: you gotta press below the filter options and drag your mouse right, and you’ll see the others 🙂

    Ronnie: check this video out
    just long press the text and you’ll see those options

    hope it helped!
    awesome article btw… it works amazing <3

  • weeohwee

    every time i install instagram there’s an error it says “your client does not have permission to get url /p/ android-market-installer-2/ from this server” what should i do? 🙁

  • Lincoln

    When I download the APK file from your website it will not install. I have Bluestacks installed. I also tried selecting “all aps” manually as the application to open the file. No matter what I am getting error messags saying it can’t be opened, installed.. anything.

    • St

      I can’t install it fully either! It installs, then said something about Google Market the first three or four times, and I allowed access to that and tried to download on the screen after it Now, it’s saying that it requires high-end graphics and that it’s incompatible with this computer. I have Vista SP 2 32-bit.

  • crook

    @Lincoln, St
    try this mentioned by michaelson ( ). working fine for me.

    Awesome community, thanks 7labs!

  • harish

    how to upload photos from different location of the system !! pls suggest the steps

  • Elizabeth

    I tried to do what you say here, but my folders don’t load 🙁 Can you help me?

    • zune

      have you tried this one? It might solve your problem. If you are using the latest version of Bluestacks, try to follow the updated steps mentioned on that post.

  • Marie

    I’ve got instagram installed and was able to get my pictures from my computer, but when i go to upload a picture i can only get as far as cropping and adding a filter. When i try the next step it just says processing. It will not go on to the details page. I have been waiting for 45 minutes. Any clue what’s happening?

    • zune

      It might be your network or the size of photo is creating the issue!
      Try to take a photo using your webcam to check whether it’s working or not…

  • Flash

    I got a problem, I’ve done everything perfectly but at the end, when I’m done adding filter and I press the next button “>>” , it gets stuck,
    How can I solve this ?

  • raky

    my bluestack can’t locate da pic gallery (from drive c).using win7 ultimate.what to do?

  • Domen

    Great, works beautiful! Thanks.

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  • JC Barton

    you are the BESSSSST! totally work for my instagram @thedigitalartspo

  • Salar

    I Have A problem! 🙁
    What’s The Error 1721? What Can I Do? 🙁

  • 7mod

    Forward your bstInstall.log (C:ProgramDataBlueStacksSetupbstInstall.log) file to the support team at They will get back to you ASAP.

  • a

    could you do this for videos too? or is it just pictures?

    • Rita Sun

      I looked for some tool for uploading video, but found nothing…

  • Ecstatic

    This article is amazing! Solved a problem I have been down about for months! Thxxxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alfredo

    We rolled out a solution today, August 13, 2014 that allows you to directly post pictures from your Mac or Windows computers via our app younity.

    If you’re still looking for a step-by-step how-to on this Instagram feature, check out our blog at

  • Ro

    I know this might be a long shot, but I am trying to make an account on Instagram and it says, “an unknown network error has occurred”. Any solutions?