Not every artist likes to take pictures with their Smart Phones, many like to use digital cameras and then use editing software on their PC or Macs.

That’s great, but now you need to get them from your PC to Instagram, and Instagram doesn’t let you post from the web version… that’s a pain right?

So, let me show you with this workaround, how you can post to Instagram from your PC or Mac, with the step by step pics below. You will need to download the Vivaldi browser (a browser is just what you use to search the Internet with, like Google Chrome, Safari and so on). It will sit on the desktop of your laptop/PC/Mac – so you don’t have to use it for anything other than Instagram if you don’t wish.

Okay, let’s have a look at what to do. Also, at the bottom of the article you will see a 2 min video where you can see my quickly showing you these steps in action. There is no sound on the video as it was just a quick demo.

Step One

Head to and download the browser

Step 2

Click on Accept and Install

Step 3

Once the browser has installed, head to in the search bar at the top of the Vivaldi browser.

Step 4

You will land on this page, log in to your account via the link on the bottom right.

Step 5

At the far left of your screen you will see a little + sign, click on that and the ‘Add Web Panel’ box appears (as above). Click on the + sign to the right of the url and you will now have an Instagram panel appear on the left of your screen. This is now the phone version. Click on the right of the panel to expand the screen across (you can see me do this in the video below).

Step 6

This is now the same as the phone app version, so with your mouse, click on the + button in the centre to upload a pic from your PC or Mac. You will have a folder selection appear like the pic below. Navigate to where you keep your pics and choose one to upload.

Step 7

Once you have selected your picture, it will appear on the screen in the same way as the app. Here you can add filters or edit as you please. Once you are done, click ‘next’ in the top right corner. You’ll be taken to the next screen (below) where you can add your text and #hashtags before posting.

And that is it – your picture will now appear on Instagram as if you had posted it directly from your phone.

Below you will find the video version should you need any more guidance. I hope this has helped some of you that have been struggling. I know that it has been mentioned to me a few times on Facebook groups, so I thought a post would explain it best.

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  1. Hey Nikki, your articles are gold. Thank you so much for all the helpful info. I’m working my way through each one. Keep up the great workπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    1. Thanks so much, appreciate that! Loads more to come πŸ‘

  2. Thanks so much for this article! I was wondering how I could do this! I just hope that Vivaldi is a safe application. I felt funny allowing Vivaldi to access my photos, but I suppose somewhere along the line we have given Safari and Chrome permission to access our photos, right? Also, I was wondering if the Vivaldi file that ends in .dmg can be taken off the desktop?

    1. Hi Diane, glad it’s a good workaround for you. As browsers go, Vivaldi is a very secure browser, updating and creating patches for any security concerns as regularly as some of the bigger boys out there such as Firefox and opera etc. Google chrome is by far the safest as it’s undated every 5 hrs – but switching to Vivaldi, even just to use it specifically for the Instagram workaround is safe. In terms of permissions, yes – that’s just standard to ask for permission, nothing to worry about there. As for the .dmg file, that is something I don’t know, so you may have to Google that one for an answer.

      There is also another workaround for uploading to Instagram, it involves downloading a piece of software called Bluestacks – it’s used by gamers mostly, but you can download the Instagram app within it and use it on your desktop πŸ™‚

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