Instagram is the world’s most popular photo sharing service but until recently uploading photos was a smartphone-only proposition (yes, the Instagram app can be installed on iPads and it works and looks just like the iPhone app). That has changed thanks to a couple of Mac apps which have figured out a way to let Mac users upload photos to their Instagram accounts.
Last year I wrote about Up, a cleverly designed Mac app which works like Instagram on your Mac. It gives you tools to upload any size photo from your Mac to your Instagram account.
Well, that was then and this is now, and Up isn’t the only Mac-to-Instagram act in town. Enter Uplet, the Instagram uploader for the Mac. The way Uplet works is much the same as Up, with similar features, a few nuance differences, but the same result. Your Mac can upload photos to your Instagram account.
Uplet works by dragging and dropping photos onto the Uplet app window; either one at a time or in batches of photos (be sure to follow Instagram’s guidelines which you can find here). You can add a caption to each one, and there are editing tools but nothing compared to the filters available in the iPhone’s Instagram app.
Photos can be edited, cropped, resized, and you can use the standard emojis and hashtags you would in the Instagram app on your iPhone. There are differences. No videos. Note the FAQs in the link above and you’ll see there’s a little dance going on between Instagram and app developers. Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) wants you to use the official Instagram app, but there are ways developers have been able to work around that restriction.
That said, despite the FAQ obscurities, Uplet works very well (as does the regularly updated Up. There was a time when I thought using only the iPhone and the Instagram app was prohibitive, but the more I used Instagram the less I worried about using the Mac instead. After all, the Mac doesn’t take the photos. The iPhone does and the Instagram app makes it simple enough to select and upload photos, complete with filters, captions, and hashtags.
Alright, the Mac has advantages. Mac photo enhancement apps run aplenty and that means photos transferred to, stored, and enhanced on the Mac may look better than those captured and enhanced on the iPhone. It’s arguable, yes, but you get the idea. So, why not upload photos to your Instagram account on your Mac instead?
Make sure you read the Uplet Security & Privacy page, follow the basic rules, upload responsibly, and leave your iPhone in your pocket.