Instagram Tip: How to Get a photo from your computer to instagram

 Instagram tip: How do you get your photos or graphics from your computer to your phone to upload them on Instagram? There are a lot of ways to get your photo from your computer to Instagram! Something to keep in mind, is ideally you wouldn't email it to yourself since you will lose some resolution this way and your photo could end up looking grainy. Keep in mind that each of these require a few steps, nothing will magically zap a photo to your Instagram (even apps that say they are integrated with Instagram and will "post to Instagram for you" still require you to go in and copy and push a button to get it onto Instagram at the time you want to post it due to Instagram's policies.) - The Confused Millennial

How do you get your photos or graphics from your computer to your phone to upload them on Instagram?

… Lately I've been getting that  same question over and over.

So today I wanted to share this Instagram tip with you. There are a lot of ways to get your photo from your computer to Instagram! Don't email it to yourself since you will lose some resolution and your photo could end up looking grainy.

At this time, nothing will magically zap a photo to your Instagram directly. Many apps claiming to  “post to Instagram for you” require you to go in and push a button to get it onto Instagram at the time you want to post it due to Instagram's policies. These options do require a couple of steps:

So how can you get your photos from your computer to Instagram?

1. Dropbox. This is great because you upload the photo to dropbox, then it's always backed up, and if you have the Dropbox app on your phone it will automatically just be waiting there for you to share on Instagram.

2. Text it/airdrop for mac users. I have a Mac, so sometimes I will just drag and drop a photo to my iMessage and send it to myself or use the airdrop feature. It's quick and easy and doesn't require you to download another app on your phone.

There are LOADS of other ways to go about getting a photo from your computer to your phone. Some include, Gramblr, Instapic, Later, Canva, and many more!

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What is your favorite way to transfer photos without losing resolution?

39 thoughts on “Instagram Tip: How to Get a photo from your computer to instagram”

  1. Thus far, the easiest way I’ve found is to send the photo to myself in Facebook messenger, save it to my phone from there and then post to instagram.

  2. I don’t think I could live without dropbox! It makes my life so much easier!! All these are great too, such good time savers!

  3. Susannah Kellogg

    I use Hootsuite to "schedule" my instagram. Sure I have to go to my phone and confirm it but I can do all the editing/writing on my computer! <3

  4. Summer Konicki

    Dropbox is my savior when it comes to transferring photos to my phone from my laptop!

  5. I very recently found out how to do this, but your method’s not something I’ve heard of before even though it’s so much simpler! Thanks for sharing.

    Sockwun | ExtraExtravagant.com

  6. Jordyn Sifferman

    I always just email photos to myself and then save the photo to my phone. Dropbox is a great suggestion though!

    1. I used to do that, but found that graphics I made in Canva would come out grainy that way. I liked emailing them to myself also so I had them backed up, which made Dropbox a nice solution. Hope you enjoy!

  7. Awesome tips! I’ve used Latergram, but I think I’m going to transfer all my photos and save them in Dropbox. That way I won’t have to worry when I’m on a different device.

  8. I normally just email the pictures to my phone but now I’m wondering if that’s affecting how my pictures look. i have a dropbox account so i might just start using that.

    1. It probably does for some and not for others. I’ve had some that still look pristine after emailing and uploading, and others look a little wonky. When you send photos via email it compresses them so they loose some resolution. Hope dropbox helps!

  9. Amanda Kushner

    I use a combination of Dropbox AND iCloud Photo Stream to migrate my pictures. I find that texting it to myself usually loses a lot of quality, so I try to stick to migrating through the cloud whenever possible.
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  10. Thank you! I’m stuck in the ’email it to myself’ mode when there are much more efficient things to be doing. Love these ideas!

  11. Thanks for these tips! I had no idea, but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about. I finally considered using Dropbox yesterday so this is more of an incentive to use it.

  12. Maria Lianos-Carbone

    Sometimes I’ll save the photo and text in my email drafts and copy and paste from there.

  13. Aishwarya Shenolikar

    Dropbox is really useful for this. I use Google Drive sometimes. Does the work! 🙂

  14. Happy Curious Life

    I have never thought about any of these ways to transfer photos. I usually use google drive though.

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