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How to use Instagram on Mac

Christopher Minasians & Lewis Painter | July 13, 2016
Instagram can be viewed on your Mac, but if you want to upload photos you have to resort to using your iOS device, until now.

Instagram, the ever-popular iOS app which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends, family and followers across different social media platforms. Here's how to use Instagram on your Mac and MacBook.  

How to use Instagram on Mac: Use the desktop site

Instagram is an app developed for iOS devices, however photos can be viewed and liked through the desktop site.

How to use Instagram on Mac - Feed

However, through Instagram's website you cannot upload photos or videos to your account. This means, you'll be able to only view your profile (and edit it), search for people, see your followers and like other people's posts. At the time of writing, Instagram's website doesn't give you the power to upload anything, which is a huge drawback to using the desktop site. Of course, there are ways to get it working.

How to use and upload pictures to Instagram on Mac: Flume

While accessing the Instagram website via a web browser may be the most 'pure' way to experience Instagram on a Mac, there are other alternatives available. There are a number of third-party apps available on the Mac App Store that offer the ability to browse your feed, check your notifications and - unlike the website - allow you to post images from your Mac onto Instagram.

The most popular (and best looking in our opinion) third-party Instagram app on the Mac App Store is Flume, presenting your Instagram feed in true OS X style with swipe support and hidden menus. At a glance, the app shows a stream of pictures with no text, options to like or comment - or just about anything, really. However, clicking on a photo will bring up the caption, along with icons to like and comment on the photo. The app also shows your recent notifications, top pictures and even offers curated profile recommendations based on what you post. It also includes the ability to use Instagram Direct, allowing users to share media, profiles, hashtags and more privately in-app.

The most impressive feature of Flume is photo and video upload support, a feature offered by very few third-party Instagram apps. Just hover your mouse over the bottom left hand corner of the app and the menu will slide in - click the camera icon and either take a photo/video or upload one from your hard drive. It's that simple! There is a catch though - although Flume 2.0 is free to download, users only get a few 'free' uploads before being asked to upgrade (via IAP) to Flume Pro. Flume Pro offers unlimited uploads, plus multiple account support - ideal for businesses and power users alike.

 

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