How to Post on Instagram?

This will teaches you how to upload a photo or video to your Instagram page from the Instagram mobile app, as well as how to post a comment on both mobile and desktop versions of Instagram. If you want to upload photos or videos to Instagram using your computer, you’ll have to use a work-around.

10 Second Summary

 1. Open Instagram
2. Tap +
3. Select a photo or video and tap Next, or take a photo or video.
4. Add a filter.
5. Tap Next
6. Add a description.
7. Tap Share

Posting Photos and Videos

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Open Instagram. Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored camera front, to do so. This will open your Instagram home page if you’re logged in.

  • If you aren’t logged in, enter your Instagram account’s email address (or username, or phone number) and password before continuing.

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 Tap +. It’s at the bottom-center of the screen. Doing so brings up the camera interface.

  • If you don’t see this option, tap the house-shaped Home tab in the bottom-left corner of the screen first.

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Select an upload option. Tap one of the three options at the bottom of the screen:

  • Library – Opens a list of your phone’s or tablet’s saved photos and videos.
  • Photo – Opens a camera for you to take a new photo.
  • Video – Opens a camera for you to take a new video.

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Take or select a photo or video. This will open the photo or video in Instagram’s editing window.

  • If you select a photo or video, tap Next in the top-right corner of the screen before continuing.

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Select a filter. Tap a filter that you want to apply to the photo or video.

  • You can tap the filter again once it’s selected to bring up a slider that allows you to reduce the filter’s effect.
  • You can also tap the Edit tab at the bottom of the screen to edit other aspects of the photo or video (e.g., Brightness or Contrast).

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  1. Tap Next. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen.

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  1. Add a caption. Tap the text field at the top of the screen, then type in the caption that you want to use.

    • You can also tag Instagram friends in this photo or video by tapping Tag People, tapping the photo, and selecting friends.
    • To add a location tag to the photo, tap Add Location, then select a location.

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    Tap Share. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen. This will post your photo or video to your Instagram page. The photo or video will also show up in the home page feed of anyone who follows you.

    • If your Instagram account is linked to other social media accounts (e.g., Twitter or Facebook), you can tap the switch to the right of an account to post the photo or video there as well.

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    Open Instagram. Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored camera front, to do so. This will open your Instagram home page if you’re logged in.

    • If you aren’t logged in, enter your Instagram account’s email address (or username, or phone number) and password before continuing.

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    1. Go to a photo or video that you want to comment on. Scroll down through your home page feed to find the post on which you want to leave a comment. You can also tap the search bar at the top of the page, enter a user’s name, and tap their name to go to their profile if you know who posted the photo or video.

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    2. Tap the speech bubble icon. It’s below the photo or video on which you want to comment. Doing so opens a new page with a comment box.
      • If the person who posted the photo or video has disabled comments, you won’t be able to post a comment here.
      • If you want to reply to an existing comment, tap the comment to which you want to reply and then tap Reply instead.

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    1. Type in your comment. You’ll do so in the text box at the bottom of the screen.

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      Tap Post (iPhone) or  (Android). It’s on the far-right side of the text box. Doing so will post your comment for the post creator and any of their followers to see.

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      Open Instagram. Go to https://www.instagram.com/. This will open your Instagram home page if you’re logged in.

      • If you aren’t logged in, enter your email address (or username, or phone number) and password before continuing.

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      Find a post to comment on. Scroll down through your Instagram feed to find the post to which you want to add a comment. If you know who posted the photo or video, you can also click the search bar at the top of the page, type in their name, and click their name when it appears to go to their page.

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      Click the speech bubble-shaped icon. It’s below the post. This will take you to the comment field.

      • If the person who posted the photo or video has disabled comments, you won’t be able to post a comment here.

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      Type in your comment. You’ll do so in the text box to which clicking the speech bubble icon takes you.

      Image titled Post on Instagram Step 18Press  Enter. This will post your comment for the original poster and all of their followers to see.

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