How To Upload Photos to Instagram from Your Desktop Computer

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Update 4/9/14

In Instagram’s continued quest to remain an exclusively mobile app, they are now penalizing users of third-party apps, such as Gramblr.  Gramblr still works great for posting pre-edited photos, but with a catch.  Instagram is now disabling hashtags on accounts that have used Gramblr in the past, sometimes even for just one photo.  Simply put, if you use Gramblr, your photos will no longer be searchable by hashtag.  So, who should continue to use Gramblr?

Businesses and individuals who wish to accumulate followers should stick to posting strictly from the sanctioned instagram app.

Individuals who use Instagram for connecting mostly with offline friends and don’t care about being searchable by hashtag should feel free to continue using Gramblr.  Gramblr is especially useful if you don’t currently have access to a smartphone.  So whether your phone was lost, stolen, or you simply prefer to stick with a feature phone, Gramblr allows you to post away.

Latergram might just be the next big thing in social media management.  The app, which bills itself as the way to “schedule and manage your Instagram posts” promises to do just that and more.

If you’ve been looking for a way to manage Instagram similar to the way you manage Facebook and Twitter on Hootsuite, Latergram is the answer.

Created at AngelHack Vancouver, the app is currently available as a Public Beta version in Canada.  Private Beta is available in several countries, including the US and UK.  You can apply for Private Beta here.  All Beta versions are on iOS.

Latergram allows you to schedule instagram photos from your computer or phone.  The photo then gets pushed to your phone at your desired time, where one click allows you to post directly from Instagram.

Simply put, the app takes the “Insta” out of Instagram.  Latergram allows you to create a true Instagram strategy for your company without worrying about Instagram’s penalties for posting directly from third party apps.

Have another alternative? We’d love to hear from you!  Let us know in the comment section below.

Update 8/26/13: Instagram is now blocking photos uploaded from third-party apps, therefore the method below no longer works.

A solution to upload photos from a desktop computer to Instagram is Gramblr, a free program that allows you to plug in your Instagram account info and start uploading pictures immediately. You must have an Instagram account to upload photos using Gramblr. Your photos must be edited beforehand to Gramblr’s size requirement of 650 px by 650 px. You can then add a description and tags to the image. After Gramblr uploads your photo, it provides you with links to share the images. Gramblr is a simple working solution if you don’t mind editing your photo size beforehand or skipping out on Instagram’s filter options.

Here are the steps to download and install Gramblr to start uploading photos to Instagram from your desktop computer:

1. Download and Install Gramblr here: http://gramblr.com/uploader/
Gramblr currently supports Windows (XP, Vista, 7,8) and Mac OSX.

2. To start uploading photos, your photos must be saved as “.jpg” files and edited beforehand to Gramblr’s photo size requirement of 650 px by 650 px.

3. Sign in to Instagram using your Instagram account information.

4. Choose the photo you would like to upload and hit “Upload”.

5. Add a caption to the photo and click “Save Caption”.

7. Gramblr will provide links to share your uploaded photo via Direct Link, Web Link, HTML Code, Forum BBC Code, and the ability to share your photo on Facebook and Twitter.

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Do you want your business in on all the Instagram action but can’t because you don’t have an Android or iOS phone?

Do you wish you could upload other photos to your Instagram account besides ones taken with your phone? Instagram is a great opportunity to get your brand name out there in an exciting visual way and there is a group of users who are working around Instagram’s limited app environment to upload photos. So how do they do it? There are currently a couple of ways – but we’ve found Bluestacks to be the easiest to upload photos straight from your desktop!

bluestacksBluestacks is a free program, currently in beta, that offers the unique experience of running Android apps on your Windows or Mac desktop. It also gives you access to the complete Instagram app so you can upload photos in any size, use filters, comment, browse photos and access your account settings exactly as you would from the app on a phone.

 

Here are the simple steps to start uploading photos to Instagram directly from your desktop!

1. Download and install BlueStacks. For PC:here or for Mac: here

2. Once installed, click the search button (magnifying glass) in the upper-right corner of the program. Search for Instagram and install the app.

3. Instagram will now appear on your BlueStacks dashboard. Log in to your Instagram account (or create a new account).

4. In your Instagram profile, go to Options and then “Camera Settings” and uncheck “Use Instagram’s Advanced Camera”.

5. You can also go to “Share Settings” and connect your social media accounts. (For example: if you want your pictures to go to your Facebook Fan Page)

6. Now go back to the BlueStacks dashboard by clicking the Home button at the bottom of the screen. Search for “File Expert” and install the app. Open the File Expert app and have it running in the background.

7. You will then place photos you want to upload to Instagram in the My Pictures folder on your desktop computer. Create a new folder inside My Pictures where you want to keep your photos to be uploaded to Instagram. (ex: title it “Instagram Photos”)

8. Now re-open Instagram in Bluestacks and you are ready to upload photos!

9. Upload a photo by choosing Source: “Photo Gallery”. It will then ask again to pick a Source and choose “File Expert”.

10. File Expert will then open. Click the tab “Folders”. If you don’t see this tab, add it by clicking the Plus button in the upper right corner.

11. Under the tab “Folders” choose SD Card > bstfolder > Pictures. Now you should see the folder you created “Instagram Photos”.

12. Click your folder and choose the photo you want to upload. Add filters, descriptions, tags and post!

You can add more photos to your “Instagram Photos” folder and then just repeat steps 8-12 to continue uploading photos to Instagram!

Here is a helpful link for BlueStacks updates: BlueStacks Help Forum https://getsatisfaction.com/bstk/topics

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152 Responses to How To Upload Photos to Instagram from Your Desktop Computer

  1. REDberry07 June 27, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    It’s really working! Thanks a lot! :D

    • dorothy stainbrook January 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      I installed gramblr and it does upload my photos from my computer to instagram. I cannot, however, get it to share to facebook or twitter. When these buttons are clicked I get an error message. Can you help?

      • Yu March 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

        :D

    • William0384 February 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      Do NOT use Gramblr.
      Apparently Instagram hates Gramblr, like it is breaking their Terms and Conditions to use it.
      If you use Gramblr, Instagram will hate you too.
      It broke my account and if you Google ‘Gramblr broke Instagram’ you will see that I am far from the only one.
      You may get your image to upload OK, but once Instagram becomes aware that you used Gramblr, they may disable your hashtags. You will be able to add hashtags but they will NOT SHOW UP IN SEARCHES, making your post essentially invisible to anyone that is not already following you.
      From that point on, even when you post normally, via the sanctioned Instagram app, your hashtags will no longer work. If you don’t understand why this matters, let me assure you that if you are trying to grow an Instagram following, it is HUGE!
      If your hashtags don’t work, no one will ever find your posts based on your tags.
      To further complicate matters, the ‘team’ at Instagram takes a forget you attitude, making it practically impossible to get any type of support to help you with your account. Imagine building up thousands of followers over months of hard work and having Instagram basically paralyze your account because you used a stupid program like Gramblr. Gramblr – thanks for making a piece of software that violates Instagram terms, and Instagram, thanks for being a huge corporate sell out that doesn’t give a flip about any of your users and ruining our accounts at your whim.
      If you are up for some boring reading, check out Instagram’s Terms and Conditions. You will find that by installing Instagram, you give up every right you ever dreamed of. If Instagram decides to do something that ruins your business, incites a world war, or causes a famine that wipes out all of humanity, their iron clad T&C basically lets them off scott free. Well done lawyers.

      • krisryden April 11, 2014 at 8:57 am #

        Good to know that Gamblr broke my Instagram account. Now the question is how do I fix?
        1. Delete pictures that were uploaded with Gamblr?
        2. Create new Instagram account? Downside here is lost followers and new account name.
        Thankful for any feedback here.
        Regards,
        Kris.

  2. yoli July 6, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    supper!! is working fine ;)

    • Kim March 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      this comment is hilarious – not that gramblr screwed with you – that part sucks. But your last paragraph made me laugh so hard because it is SO true! And not just with Instagram – with most social networks. Hey William – great post and thanks for the heads up. It’s always a crapshoot with these kinds of apps so your warning is appreciated and I know who to blame for the next famine….

  3. Instagrammer July 9, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    OMYGOD!! I love it It’s so cool and it works!! Thanks a Million! =D

  4. ashley July 10, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    i hope it works im installing it now

    • Withers Davis July 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Let us know if you need help.

      • karen July 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

        I can’t find FIle Expert from the dashboard and can’t upload it.

        • karen July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

          Oh I found it. I had to log into Amazon App store from the dashboard to find FIle Expert to download. Thx!

          • Rachael Pawlowski July 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

            Great!! Let us know if you need anything else!

        • karen July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

          Oh I found it. I had to log into Amazon App store from the dashboard to find FIle Expert to download. Thx!

      • stevie July 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

        mine dont work,just keeps saying warning

  5. john July 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    it works,, but when i upload the pictures its all white no picture just white image,,,

    • john July 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      somebody help? my twitter account is http://www.twitter.com/inzuwinaticz

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Hey John, If the white screen appears, try waiting and avoid clicking if it asks you to force close. You can also try updating your graphic card drivers, or checking your desktop computer’s screen resolution and use the recommended 1366 x 768 instead of 1360 x 768 when running Bluestacks, sometimes this does the trick!

      • Vaishali July 17, 2013 at 9:21 am #

        Hello it still isn’t working :/

        • Rachael Pawlowski July 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

          Hi Vaishali, what exactly is happening? Also, if it is easier for you to explain in an email, you can also email me at rachael@uplifted.net

      • kool September 5, 2013 at 1:21 am #

        Hi, I am having the same problem as John.
        I tried changing the resolution but it still doest’ work.
        Please help!

  6. Ravin July 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    The app wont show on bluestacks

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      Try searching for it and then downloading the app

  7. Dr. Dufus July 18, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Worked well. Thank you…

  8. ravija July 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    how to download file expert on bluestacks ?

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      Ravija, Go to the BlueStacks dashboard by clicking the ‘Home’ button at the bottom of the screen. Search for “File Expert” and install the app.

  9. Raúl Robles July 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Is this still working, I instaled BlueStacks but when I search for “Instagram” or “File Expert” it doesn’t show any apps, I’m using it on a Mac.

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Raul, this platform is definitely still working! Check out their support page to see if they can better assist you. https://getsatisfaction.com/bstk Please let us know if this works for you!

    • yj August 24, 2013 at 3:36 am #

      Hi Raúl Robles, at first I couldn’t find the app Instagram since it wouldn’t load, but then I found it at the home page of Bluestacks, if I am not mistaken it will be at the end of the page, but about the File Expert, I can’t find it also even when I searched at the magnifying button.

      P.S/ I am also using this on a Mac.

      • Nora Leary August 28, 2013 at 1:22 am #

        Hello, our team has noted some errors in BlueStacks since a recent Instagram update. Therefore, we recommend using Gramblr instead to upload pictures from your desktop to Instagram. The pictures must be 650 px by 650 px before you upload, but then the platform works really well.

  10. Andrew July 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    I downloaded bluestacks, and it won’t load properly and stays on the loading screen with the different colored blocks moving for the last 4 hours. But yet everything else on my laptop fine. This app has been doing this for the last week.

    • Nora Leary August 28, 2013 at 1:21 am #

      Hi Andrew, Sorry for the problems that you’ve been having! We have been encountering similiar problems with BlueStacks as well, so we recommend using Gramblr now to upload pictures from your desktop to Instagram. Your pictures already have to be the correct 650 px by 650 px size, but otherwise this is a great option.

  11. Amy July 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    When I search “Instagram” in the search bar,it doesn’t show up.. What do I do?

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Amy, we are not exactly sure why you are unable to find the Instagram part. Here is the support page from BlueStacks to further assist you! https://getsatisfaction.com/bstk Please let me know if that works!

      • J July 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

        I am experiencing the same issue as Amy

  12. Ledio July 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Thank you for your tips. While not related to your tips or your fault at all, BlueStacks won’t even install on Windows 7 machine. Not for me, not for several others who have left comments on CNET. I need to find another way :(

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Hi Ledio,

      How about the other platform we suggested in the blog, have you tried Gramblr? http://gramblr.com/uploader/ Let us know if this platform works for you!

      Thanks,
      Uplifted Team

  13. karen July 23, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    how come after i chose a photo then crop and filtered it, after the processing thingy shows nothing happens, the photo is still not uploaded, what to do?

    • Rachael Pawlowski July 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Karen, this seems like a really technical error from the platform, here is the support page, https://getsatisfaction.com/bstk, from BlueStacks, they should be able to assist with your problem. Please let me know if this helps.

  14. syzwnishhln August 15, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    It’s really working! And I love it! Thanks a lot :D

  15. anonymous August 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    after went through several trial and error, it works!! thanks a lot :D

  16. zeus August 22, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    how do i add the pics to file expert???

  17. Candy August 22, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    Okay I downloaded both Instagram & File expert & I’m trying to upload pictures but when I click “Pictures” another screen shows up with only one file saying “desktop.ini” there’s nothing else. & When I click on desktop.ini It returns me to the Instagram screen saying “unable to download file” at the bottom. Help me please. Thank you.

    • Nora Leary August 28, 2013 at 1:18 am #

      Hi Candy, Apologies for the trouble that you have been having. Given some changes with Instagram, we have trouble using BlueStacks. Instead, we recommend using Gramblr to upload the pictures to Instagram from your desktop. However, one thing to note with Gramblr is that the pictures must already be formatted to the 650 px by 650 px size.

  18. alida August 22, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    How do i find the my photo folder?

  19. sheila August 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    useless. a total waste of time. can’t get it even to install instagram on my dashboard…whatever that is

    • Nora Leary August 28, 2013 at 1:17 am #

      Hi Sheila, Apologies, but we too have been having trouble with BlueStacks. We recommend now using Gramblr instead to upload the pictures to Instagram from your desktop. However, one thing to note with Gramblr is that the pictures must already be formatted to the 650 px by 650 px size.

    • Ariel March 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      You should try this awesome site called Instant IG Posts. You can upload multiple photos at a time from your desktop and also, it allows you to schedule future posts . Here’s a link……..

      http://instant-ig-posts.myshopify.com

      • Rachael Pawlowski April 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

        We are going to check it out Ariel, thanks for sharing it with us!

  20. yj August 24, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Hey thanks a lot but I could not find the app file experts… What should I do?

    • Rachael Pawlowski August 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi, if you cannot find File Expert there are other Android app file managers you can try searching for in Bluestacks: ES File Explorer, ASTRO File Manager, or OpenExplorer. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  21. Erykahh August 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Does it also work on video?

    • Rachael Pawlowski August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi, it does not work with video. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  22. josh harris August 26, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    i followed the steps but when i select multiple photos and select done, it does nothing, i can only upload one photo at a time. how can i upload multiple photos

    • Rachael Pawlowski August 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Josh,

      You cannot upload multiple photos at a time using this Bluestacks method. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  23. Rachael Pawlowski August 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Zeus, You will need to create a new folder inside of “My Pictures” on your desktop computer where you want to keep your photos that you want to upload to Instagram. For example, you can title this folder “Instagram photos”. Next, open Instagram in Bluestacks and upload a photo to Instagram by selecting “Source: Photo Gallery”. It will then ask you again to choose a source, and select “File Expert”. File Expert will then open. Click the tab “Folders.” If you do not see this tab, add it by clicking the Plus button in the upper right corner. Now under the tab “Folders” choose SD Card > bstfolder > Pictures. This is where you will see the folder you created with the name you chose, for example “Instagram Photos”. Click your folder and choose the photo you want to upload to Instagram. If you have any other questions, please let us know!

  24. Rachael Pawlowski August 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi Alida, You will need to go to “My Documents” and then “My Pictures” on your desktop computer. Here you will want to create a new folder inside of the “My Pictures” folder where you will keep your photos to upload to Instagram. For example, you can title this folder “Instagram photos”. Next, open Instagram in Bluestacks and upload a photo to Instagram by selecting “Source: Photo Gallery”. It will then ask you again to choose a source, and select “File Expert”. File Expert will then open. Click the tab “Folders.” If you do not see this tab, add it by clicking the Plus button in the upper right corner. Now under the tab “Folders” choose SD Card > bstfolder > Pictures. This is where you will see the folder you created with the name you chose, for example “Instagram Photos”. Click your folder and choose the photo you want to upload to Instagram. If you have any other questions, please let us know!

  25. Abyurla August 29, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I have MAc OS X 10.7.5 on my macbook, gramblr gives me an error after right clicking on open, saying check with the developer to ensure it works with this version of MAC Os X, pls help. thanks

    • Rachael Pawlowski August 29, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Abyurla, when you go to the Gramblr download page, be sure to click the appropriate download link for MAC OS X 10.7+ and you can properly download the program by right clicking (or CMD+click) and selecting “open”, and then clicking “open” in the box. Let us know if that helps.

      • Abyurla August 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

        Hello Rachael,
        Thanks for your reply
        i clicked on the right download link, which enabled me save gramblr.dmg about 23.5mb to my mac so i think i have the right file. i have gone thru the steps highlighted, clicked open and then open again, still gives the same message to check with developer to confirm it supports my OS version.
        Does the message below help in identifying/resolving the issue?
        Process: Gramblr [2240]
        Path: /Applications/Gramblr.app/Contents/MacOS/Gramblr
        Identifier: com.yourcompany.Gramblr
        Version: ??? (???)
        Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
        Parent Process: launchd [116]

        Date/Time: 2013-08-29 13:39:55.783 +0100
        OS Version: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63)
        Report Version: 9

        Interval Since Last Report: 5901 sec
        Crashes Since Last Report: 7
        Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 7
        Anonymous UUID: 1CD02A5B-B816-4455-BA88-E26D2C262808

        Crashed Thread: 0

        Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
        Exception Codes: 0×0000000000000002, 0×0000000000000000

        Application Specific Information:
        dyld: launch, loading dependent libraries

        Dyld Error Message:
        Library not loaded: /Users/*/QtWebKitWidgets.framework/Versions/5/QtWebKitWidgets
        Referenced from: /Applications/Gramblr.app/Contents/MacOS/Gramblr
        Reason: image not found

        Binary Images:
        0x10d0ae000 – 0x10d0c7ff7 +com.yourcompany.Gramblr (??? – ???) /Applications/Gramblr.app/Contents/MacOS/Gramblr
        0x7fff6ccae000 – 0x7fff6cce2baf dyld (195.6 – ???) /usr/lib/dyld

        Model: MacBookPro7,1, BootROM MBP71.0039.B0E, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.62f7
        Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, PCI, 256 MB
        Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4346382020
        Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4346382020
        AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x8D), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (5.106.198.19.22)
        Bluetooth: Version 4.0.8f17, 2 service, 18 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
        Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en1
        Serial ATA Device: ST9250315ASG, 250.06 GB
        Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898
        USB Device: Internal Memory Card Reader, apple_vendor_id, 0×8403, 0×26100000 / 2
        USB Device: Built-in iSight, apple_vendor_id, 0×8507, 0×24600000 / 2
        USB Device: BRCM2046 Hub, 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.), 0×4500, 0×06600000 / 4
        USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, apple_vendor_id, 0×8213, 0×06610000 / 5
        USB Device: IR Receiver, apple_vendor_id, 0×8242, 0×06500000 / 3
        USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, apple_vendor_id, 0×0236, 0×06300000 / 2

  26. Mathilde September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Hello, I’ve been having trouble using Gramblr to upload my pictures. It keeps saying that I need to resize it to 650 px, although I have resized it. I went to the webresizer page that it recommends, and typed in 650 pixel x 650 pixel, and Gramblr still doesn’t want to work for me. What can I do?

    • Rachael Pawlowski September 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi Matthilde, Try resizing your photo to an even smaller size, such as 600 pixels. I had seen the same message and was able to get the platform to work with smaller-sized images. Hope this helps!

  27. Eugenia September 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I have the same issue as Abyurla. I have MAc OS X 10.7.4 on my macbook, and Gramblr gives me an error after right clicking on open. I downloaded the right file, is a .dmg File. Any help??!! thanks :)

    • Rachael Pawlowski September 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi Eugenia,

      Try re-downloading the application. We have also noticed inconsistent errors with the application when used on mac devices. Let us know if that works.

      Thanks,
      Rachael

  28. Helito September 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Does it take to long to install? because it has been awhile since the installing bluestacks window appeared and nothing has happened? pls. i need answers asap. thank you.

    • Rachael Pawlowski September 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. There has been trouble with the Bluestacks program not working so try using Gramblr (which we talk about in the blog) and see if that works better for you.

  29. vivienne September 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    this is just depressing,it kepps telling me to resize the pic,how exactly can i resize my pics to 650px by 650 on webresizer.com :(

  30. vivienne September 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    isnt there any other way to upload picture on instagram using a pc,other than gramblr cause i don’t seem to be getting it right.

    • Rachael Pawlowski September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Vivienne! At this time we have found Gramblr to be the only working solution to upload photos to Instagram via desktop computer.

  31. Kim Moke September 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    It’s really function! so super omg! thanks a lot!

  32. LovelyLunatics September 22, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    When I pull up a photo to instagram, it loads it into instagram to be loaded, but when I attempt to publish it, it just goes back to the very first photo I posted… It’s kinda annoying and nothing will post…

    • Rachael Pawlowski September 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      We have had numerous issues with the BlueStacks platform. We decided to switch over to Gramblr. Try using that platform and see if that works better for you.

  33. ndivhu_m September 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    thank you alot….it really works. now its easy to upload pics via my laptop

  34. jessica September 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    im using the gramblr.is there any option other than to reside the size to 650pixel.coz when i resize my pic it will stretch the entire picture.so is there any tricks i can use..coz i x want my pic to be stretch so much.thanks.

  35. mrs unknown September 29, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    i’ve done crop the photo, im using the gramblr. but when i upload the picture it said your photo need to be in square shape. its square already -.- pls help

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 7, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Try resizing your photo to an even smaller size, such as 600 pixels. I had seen the same message and was able to get the platform to work with smaller-sized images. Hope this helps!

  36. KP September 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I don’t want to download any software. Is there an online tool for this with no download? Thanks.

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 7, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Hi, we are unaware of any online tools available to upload photos to Instagram. Gramblr is the best option we have tried.

  37. yallaseyanah October 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    thanks you to the gramblr……

  38. Elise October 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m trying to use gramblr but I just can’t resize my photos. I used you recommended one and paint and I can’t get both width and length to be 650… :(

  39. aryana October 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    cool!!!

  40. Sara Oliveira October 7, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    hi ! i’m having a problem here, i did every step right and as you said and the bluestacks works fine, i installed file expert and everything, but then when i get to the folder ” pictures ” where is supposed to be my ” instagram photos ” nothing is there , it says no files … what could i might be doing wrong or forgeting?

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Sara, be sure that you place photos you want to upload to Instagram in the “My Pictures” folder on your desktop computer. Create the new folder inside “My Pictures” where you want to keep your photos to be uploaded to Instagram then you should be able to see it when you go to file expert > Pictures

  41. Karen October 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I followed your instructions for installing and using Gramblr and it worked beautifully. I am thrilled to have my first four photos up on Instagram, loaded from my PC. To make sure the image converted well, I used the express editor at pixlr.com to first crop my image to a square format, then resized to 600 x 600 pixels. Thanks for posting the information on this tool.

  42. Denise October 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Tried three installs of Gamblr, but keep getting the message that there may “be a problem with my version of Mac OS.” I’m running version 10.8.2 Have you heard of similar problems? Thanks!

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Denise,

      I haven’t heard of this from other mac versions and not totally sure why you are receiving that message. I hope you can get it working for your on your laptop!

    • Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Denise

      If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

      http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

  43. Qhafui October 22, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Hello, Gramblr works very fine, but i have problems converting the pictures to the exact size they want ,also ,the Webresizer provided by Gramblr is not giving the exac size requested by Gramblr.Can you please list some other sites where i could convert my pictures to 650×650, please help me.. Tank You

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Qhafui,

      I always use this site, http://www.fixpicture.org/ to convert image sizes. Try that and see if it works for you.

    • Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Qhafui

      If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

      http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

  44. Kevin October 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Nope. Doesn’t install on Mac 10.8.5. Tried installing twice. Simply get an error message when trying to launch.

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Kevin,

      Are you using Gramblr or BLueStacks?

  45. Julian Gale October 30, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    They dropped Linux support :(

    • Rachael Pawlowski October 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Julian,

      Thanks for the update!!

  46. E.K. Tan November 8, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Hi Rachael,

    I have installed Gramblr on my Windows 7 laptop, but when I tried to launch the application, it just shows a blank white screen on the Gramblr window. Nothing came out even when I tried to refresh it. Kindly advise on what could be the problem. Thanks.

  47. Fletcher November 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi, I downloaded File Expert and everything was going well, until I see that I cannot find my photos on there. I’m trying to find where I can see my actual computer desktop, but I cant see where that part is….Help?

    • Rachael Pawlowski November 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi Fletcher,
      When you open File Expert click the tab “Folders”. If you don’t see this tab, you will need to add it by clicking the Plus button in the upper right corner. Under the tab “Folders” choose SD Card > bstfolder > Pictures. Now you should see the folder you created “Instagram Photos”. Let us know if that helps!

  48. Tammy November 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Gramblr is working great for me. The only thing I have to do is load up one picture, put a caption, make sure it loaded on Instagram and then turn off Gramblr. I have to go out of Gramblr for every picture I upload. It doesn’t like to upload 2 or more picture right behind each other for some reason

  49. Temmy @giftofpretty November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    This really works! Thanks for this tutorial.

  50. Josh November 21, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    HI, I am trying to upload edited photos (from photoshop) and it keeps telling me that “the photo needs to be square shaped, please crop”

    Not sure what I can do, any suggestions?

    • Rachael Pawlowski November 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Josh, How large are your images? Gramblr appears to be sensitive with image sizes, try to reduce the image size and see if you still receive the error.

    • Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Josh

      If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

      http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

  51. diana November 23, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    hi, im having some trouble with gambler. every time i finish selecting the picture it wont upload it… even after i crop it or make it more smaller -___- please help me idk what to do…. :(

    • Rachael Pawlowski November 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Diana -

      Go to the Gramblr site, http://gramblr.com/uploader/ and click on the feedback icon on the left. It will redirect you to their support page. We have noticed that some people are experiencing issues with the photo size and we are not to sure as to why. If Gramblr is able to help you, please send us an update!

  52. ali November 28, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    uhmm does bluestack still work? cause i think it still runs well but i don’t know where to save the ‘instagram photos’ folder if i’m using mac. Help?

    • Rachael Pawlowski December 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      Hi Ali,

      I do not believe that Blustack still works for Instagram, we have updated the post with the platform known as Gramblr. I hope that helps!

      Uplifted Team

  53. Karina November 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Hello,
    I’m having a problem with Gramblr.
    I’ve resized it and it is a square shape, yet it will not let me upload it just keeps telling me that my photo needs to be a square shape!

    • Rachael Pawlowski December 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      Karina,

      I am not sure why that is happening. I think you should ask Gramblr support for that specific question. Go to Gramblr.com and click on the blue (feedback) icon on the left, that will take you to the support page.

      Hope that helps,
      Rachael

  54. jen December 1, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    i have a problem in Gamblr. I cant upload my new photo to instagram. and how will i get the Forum BBC code?

    • Rachael Pawlowski December 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Jen,

      Try the Gramblr community support page. I would recommend to re-size the photo, but it seems that you already have. Go to Gramblr.com and click on the blue (feedback) icon on the left.

      Thanks,
      Rachael

  55. Sandy Leveque December 21, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Thanks for this post, it’s very useful
    and you are a saint for replying to all the questions in the comments!
    Cheers!!!

  56. ashley January 3, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    i installed bluestacks .. and it keeps loading and loading and doesn’t do anything but continue to load forever :P should i uninstall it and try again? or is it suppose to take a long time?

    • Rachael Pawlowski January 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Ashley, try using Gramblr. We have directions of how to do this on the post.

  57. hannah dee January 3, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    how to delete photos that are uploaded? pls

  58. Jessie January 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Can I save my instagram photos to my macbook with this program as well??

  59. Sam January 10, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Hi, I keep getting an error when I try to upload to Facebook after instagram, it just says — error on my facebook page. Doesn’t work.

    Any ideas? Or do you have the Gramblr contact?

    Sam

    • Rachael Pawlowski January 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Hi Sam, Sorry we have no clue on why that’s happening. Click the blue feedback button on the Gramblr page – it takes you to their support.

      Hope that helps!

  60. Sandeep Thakur January 10, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    I used Bluestacks application on my PC while I had no smart phone. Bluestacks is capable with all android based application like instagram, whatsaap and more.

    • Rachael Pawlowski January 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback, there has been a lot of trouble with Bluestacks lately.

  61. Averie January 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    HOLY FRICK IT WORKS!!! I LOVE YOU SERIOUSLY SOO MUCH NOW YOU JUST LIKE SAVED MY FREAKING LIFE I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOU!!!!!!

  62. Riens handmade soap January 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh wow it really works! Thanks I needed this.

  63. Yara January 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for the help, I installed gramblr and it actually worked once: however, each time I try to upload any picture it tells me that it should be in a more squared shape, and I do the cropping and everything but it still doesn’t work, any idea why is this happening?

  64. Kenneth Durrum January 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Excellent post. The free application worked as described. It is required that the images be format to 650 x 650 but http://www.webresizer.com/resizer/ does the trick.

  65. Joanne January 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Hey! You have been the ray of serious sunshine this Monday with this post. Thanks for helping a small shop out!

    HUGSS!

  66. Brian January 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t use Grambler. I just had to create a new Instagram account because, after uploading from Grambler, none of my hashtags are working about two weeks ago, or right after I installed and uploaded from Grambler. I’ve tried reinstalling Instagram twice; unsyncing/synching my Facebook profile within the Instagram “Share” setting; contacting Instagram; trying a slew of hashtags, both popular and off the wall; making sure my profile was public; and I have just resigned myself to the fact that I’m in Insta-jail for using Grambler. Other people have noted this as well. Apparently, Instagram has decided this could be considered as spam. So be careful, I wouldn’t use it.

    That said, has ANYONE figured out a good way to upload photos that aren’t in your phone’s camera roll?

    • William0384 February 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

      Brian,
      We had the exact same thing happen to us. We have been working our butts off taking great pics and coming up with really nice posts to help us grow our following on IG. We like and comment in a meaningful way with our followers and with other like minded IG’ers.
      I used Gramblr to post a few pictures two weeks ago and it worked like a champ. I was really happy with this new workflow.
      Suddenly, last week, after posting another pic with Gramblr, I realized that none of my hashtags were working.
      I deleted the post and posted the image again with my iPhone. Hashtags are still broken.
      To our horror, NO POSTS we have posted since that last Gramblr post will let you search by hashtag! Our account is essentially invisible to anyone who doesn’t follow us and we are now getting no new followers.
      I have reached out to Instagram every way I can possibly find. It is infuriating that Instagram DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THEIR USERS at all. I can’t believe they have no tech support, no email address for support, basically no way to get in touch with them whatsoever.
      I have submitted multiple ‘Bug Reports’ through the app, which is the best I could do. They don’t even care enough to contact us and warn us or tell us what we did wrong. They just break our accounts.
      Really, Instagram? Facebook gave you a BILLION dollars and you can’t afford a bit of user support? I realize I don’t pay for Instagram but you know what? I don’t pay for Twitter or Facebook either and I’ve received support from both of these companies.
      Instagram, I realize you think that opening up your API to services like Gramblr is promoting spam, and that may be true. But not EVERYONE using Gramblr is spamming. Stop destroying the accounts that we worked hard to build. Instagram would be NOTHING without its users.

    • Denis June 13, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      Hello Brian,

      Yes, fortunatelly, there is a new site instamize.me that gives you ability to post photos to Instagram just from your PC

  67. Roan February 4, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    I download Gamblr and it shows what you have posted. However, when I go to Instagram it tells me the only way to register is to click on the “register button” of the app. Which Gamblr does not have. Any suggestions on how to register with Instagram when you only have a computer? Thanks.

    • Rachael Pawlowski February 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      Roan,

      You must have an Instagram account through a mobile device to use this feature on a desktop. Unfortunately, you can not sign up (that I know of) for Instagram on a desktop.

  68. Abdelrahman Chehab March 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi,

    I used Gambler for some time but now it’s not letting me login to my instagram account!
    When i tried accessing it on the app, it said i need to reset my password which i did.
    then tried loving in with Gambler but it was also saying wrong username and password… How to solve this issue please help!

  69. Nick March 20, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    I get the error message “image needs to be square, crop and try again” which I have multiple times when I have checked the image had it way below the 650 x 650 limit and below 500kb

    even tried getting it exact incase it was being picky to 650 x 650 500kb but still get the message no matter what size I try.

    • Rachael Pawlowski April 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      Nick, not sure why that is happening, I can recommend trying a different browser. We are working on a new update for the post, so stay tuned for our latest updates.

    • Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Nick

      If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

      http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

  70. Brendan @ Find Handmade March 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Hi – just curious as to where the consensus is on gramblr and should we go ahead and use the gramblr for instagram on pc? Have followed the comments in this thread and not sure what the actual end point decision is?

    Love to have some sort of definitive answer please Katie,

    • Rachael Pawlowski April 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi Brendan, great question! We are working on a new update since Gramblr seems to have become not as effective as it once was. Stay tuned for our update!

  71. Alice Chen March 30, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    So I uploaded the picture. Did the effects. And when I clicked the arrow to post it, it starts turning and and the word processing appears. After like 2 seconds it just stops. Help please?

    • Rachael Pawlowski April 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Alice,

      Not sure why that may be happening. I can only recommend trying another browser. If that doesn’t work, go to Gramblr’s site and click the feedback button on the left, it will direct you to a help forum.

  72. Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Hey guys!

    If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

    http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

  73. David April 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Can we upload videos?

    • Rachael Pawlowski April 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      Great question David, going to try and find out!

  74. kwowzer11 May 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    I love Instagram and I personally have a simple ‘workaround’ by loading my pics onto facebook in a private/hidden album (Only Me) access. Then I connect to FB from my mobile, save the image to it and then upload it to Instagram. :)

    If you need an app to help resize your pic to show the entire shot on instagram, try this which is free on the iOs App Store -> -> Squaready <- Squareit <- but I can't test that out sorry

  75. David Chan May 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Great info Katie, tried gramblr and succeed only that sometimes it keeps uploading the same image, then facebook and twitter share button its not working , get a little paranoid to see most comments here about gramblr as well tho :) will just focus on using bluestack then since i can’t afford the andro phone yet hehe . . .

    Thanks

  76. Denis June 13, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    There is a new site – instamize.me – an easy way to upload photos to Instagram

    • Rachael Pawlowski June 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Thanks for sharing this site Denis, we are going to test it out!

  77. Abyurla September 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Hello Eugenia/Rachael
    Did you successfully install Gramblr on your macbook, cos mine is still giving this same error? :-(

  78. Rachael Pawlowski October 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Denise,

    We haven’t heard of anyone receiving that error! We will take a look and see if anyone has written any updates about support errors.

  79. Ariel April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Hey guys!

    If you are looking for the easiest way to upload pics from ANY device to Instagram, you should check out Instant IG Posts. Here’s a link to it:

    http://instant-IG-posts.myshopify.com

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