How to Upload Instagram Photos and Videos from a Mac

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Instagram is one of the most popular photo and video sharing apps for mobile devices. It’s available for iPhone and Android devices, and you can also view posts on your desktop computer on the Instagram website. However, on the desktop site, there isn’t an option to upload photos or videos. For people that don’t have a smartphone or tablet, or who just want the convenience of being able to upload photos and videos to Instagram from their computer, this can be quite annoying. Luckily, we’ve found a solution! There are third party apps available that will allow you to upload photos to your Instagram account from your Mac computer, and today we’re going to show you how to use one of them – Flume.

Flume is free to download and use – yay! However, you only get a few free uploads. To get unlimited uploads with Flume, upgrade to Flume Pro for a one-time payment of $13.99 (in-app purchase.) It’s a great way to enable Instagram uploading from your Mac computer. If that’s something you’re interested in, it’s worth it.

If you think that’s worth it and want to download Flume to your Mac, check out our instructions below and we’ll show you how.

To download Flume:

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.

    Mac App Store icon

  2. Type “Instagram” into the search bar in the top right corner.

    Instagram search bar

  3. In the search results, click Flume (which should be near the top).

    Flume app icon

  4. Click Get, then click Install App to begin downloading Flume.

    Install Flume app button

  5. When the download is complete, click Open to start up Flume on your computer.

    Open button - click to launch Flume

Now that you have Flume installed on your Mac computer, let’s go over the steps to uploading to Instagram from your computer.

To upload a photo to Instagram from your Mac

1. Download the Flume app to your computer.

Use the instructions above to install the Flume desktop app on your computer.

Flume desktop icon

2. Open the Flume app, and log in to your Instagram account.

Type in the username and password you use for your Instagram account. Once you’ve entered them, click Log In.

Flume sign in screen

3. From the menu at the bottom of the window, click the Upload Button.

Move your cursor over the bottom of the app window to reveal the main menu. On the left side, click the Upload Button.

Camera/upload icon

4. Choose a photo or video to upload.

You can drag and drop a photo or video file into the Flume uploader window, or click in the middle of the window and click Select Photo/Video to browse your computer files.

Select photo from desktop

Once you’ve located the photo or video on your computer, click Open to upload it.

Open file to upload

5. Add a caption to your post and/or tag your friends.

Click in the box labelled “Write a caption” and type in a caption for your post.

Add caption to post

Click the button that looks like a person to tag your friends.

Tag friends button

Click on your photo where you’d like to tag them, then type in your friend’s Instagram username to tag them in your post.

Enter username to tag friends in photo

6. Post your photo or video to Instagram.

When you’re all done adding captions and tags, you can post your photo or video to Instagram. Click Post in the bottom right corner to upload it.

Post button


That’s it! Those are all the steps to uploading a photo or video to Instagram from your Mac computer. Check out our entire Instagram course for free on TechBoomers if you’re interested in learning more about using it!

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