Instagram Uploads from a Mac Desktop

Uploading photos from a smartphone

Instagram was designed to help you upload photos from your smartphone. However, perhaps you want to upload photos and even MP4 files from a desktop.

You may be frustrate with the free programs such as Deskgram or Gramblr. Perhaps they are working for you in a hit or miss pattern.

InstagramThere’s an answer for you.  It’s called Uplet.

Uplet was developed for the express purpose of helping you upload images & short (3 – 60 seconds) videos to Instagram from your desktop.

Getting started

  1. Go to the App Store and download Uplet. (Costs less than $14.)
  2. InstagramDuring final download process you will be asked for Instagram username & password
  3. Username & password will be saved in your hard drive. You’ll never have to use them again!
  4. To upload a photo or video, click on plus sign
  5. You will get the Pictures folder from your hard drive
  6. Double-click on the name of the picture or video you wish to upload
    1. Note that you can upload more than one picture at the same time. You click on a file name, hold down the Shift key, click on the file name of the last picture and press enter.
  7. Click Share
  8. InstagramYou will get the message “All items were shared successfully”
  9. Go to
  10. You will see the square part of the inside of your picture
  11. Add comment & press Enter
  12. You will get another comment box
  13. Enter about eleven hashtags into that comment box.
  14. If the event that you do not want your picture to appear as a square, click the rectangle icon near the lower left-hand corner
  15. You will see a wider picture

Click here to learn more.


How to find eleven hashtags for Instagram

  • InstagramGo to and enter your main hashtag in the upper right-hand corner
    • You will get the 10 most common hashtags that accompany your main hashtag in Twitter
  • Go to Google Trends
    • See how your main hashtag is trending
    • Scroll down & look for related hashtag ideas
  • Use hashtags that describe your picture

Find a particular person’s pictures

InstagramIn the Instagram search box, enter the person’s username and press Enter.

Animated GIF & Instagram

As of this post, it is impossible to add an animated GIF to Instagram. So, what I do: Using ScreenFlow,  I string a number of the animated GIF snippets together in form a video less than one minute long. Then I export it as an MP4 file. I upload the MP4 file into Instagram. When people click on the picture, it looks like an animated GIF.

See this example.














Free Stock Images

    13 sources of free stock images

    • Better Google rankings if you use images
    • Each of the 12 links below go to a website full of free stock images.
    • Pixabay
    • On Dreamstime you can use search terms to find free images.  For instance, I entered “tall buildings” in the search box and saw 31
      search_tall_buildings-black-outlinefree pictures of tall buildings. If you are not on this web page and wish to go to Dreamstime, will get you there.  Dreamstime has tens of millions of pictures & short videos from which to choose.
  • Go to the freeimages website ( and sign up for a free account and get free stock images.
  • download free photosAnother excellent source of free stock images is Picjumbo.  Every day more gorgeous free pictures show up.  They are available for free, even for commercial use, with no restrictions.    Important note: To get a free download into your Downloads folder, click on any image. Then click on the button to the left that says “FREE download”.
  • Gratisography is another site with royalty-free photos.  It does not have the excellent search feature that Picjumbo has.
  • Unsplash has free stock images — mostly landscape photos. They can be used for free commercially if you wish. There is even a search bar so that you can search for things such as “offices”.
  • Little Visuals is another source of free landscape photos.
  • After writing this post, I found another source of free images: DeathtotheStock.
  • And another one: Superfamous Studios.
  • Think about the category of high resolution images you want
  • Enter it in the search box
  • More free photos at public domain photos.
  •  Get free fitness, weight loss, and food photos

  • More free image websites


How to download free stock photos from FreeImages

  • Suppose you wanted a stock photo of a dog
  • Enter dogs in the search box
  • Many hundreds of pictures of dogs
  • 80% of the pictures free
  • 20% of them have a price
  • That’s how freeimages makes their money
  • Pictures with a price tag can be as cheap as $1.
  • More specific
  • Picture of a Dalmatian dog
    • Enter Dalmatian in the search box
    • Several dozen stock photos of Dalmatians.




  • After you see a thumbnail of a Dalmatian picture you want, click on it
  • Gives you a page with a larger picture and a download button.





  • Clicking on the download  button gives a large image
  • To save it in computer, right click and select Save image as.
  • This service dependent upon members sharing photos
  • So, if you become a member, upload some of your best photos
  • Let other members use them as royalty free images

Combine your free stock images

Pin it with Pinterest

After you download a number of images, the cheapest way to edit them is to use PhotoEditorX. It’s virtually the same as Photoshop which costs $120/year. PhotoEditorX costs $47 to download. The download comes with huge numbers of instructional videos. There are never any other costs.

To order it, simply scroll to the very bottom of that PhotoEditorX link and click on “click here to download now”.

High resolution and free stock images

  • One minor problem with high resolution images is the size
  • Just PART of it may occupy entire computer screen.
  • I solved that stock photography problem with Skitch
  • Look at the stock photo in Finder
  • Expand the finder as much as possible
  • Capture it with Skitch
  • Save with a descriptive name.

My photo is never too large now.






Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.