Use Instagram on PC to Upload Photos

by on May 7th, 2013

Do you want to use Instagram on PC? Do you want to use Instagram with your laptop webcam to take picture of yourself and upload it to Instagram? You can even upload pictures from your computer hard drive to Instagram. Instagram shows its bells and whistles to tablet device and smart phone users (e.g. iPhone, Android, iPad). But if you want Instagram for PC, we are about to give you that. In the following demonstration, we will use Instagram on PC and take a picture by using webcam and upload it on Instagram and then we will upload pictures from PC to Instagram.

First of all you need a software that is available for Windows and MAC that enables you to run mobile apps on PC. Install Bluestacks and then install Instagram app by using Bluestacks on PC. After that you will have Instagram app that you can use on PC by using bluestacks.

I am assuming that you have installed bluestacks and then installed Instagram by using bluestacks on PC.

Take Picture from Webcam and Upload it to Instagram

  • Configure Instagram to work with your webcam. Open Camera Settings and uncheck “Use Instagram’s Advanced Camera” option (see images below). Instagram is now ready to accept input from your laptop or PC webcam.
  • Click Instagram Camera icon at the bottom of the app.
  • Select “Camera” as source.
  • Take a photo by clicking the capture button.
  • Crop/Resize the photo and apply filters to photo (if you want to) and click Accept.
  • Click Instagram next in the top right corner.
  • Fill up the details and click Upload in the top right corner.







Upload Photos from PC to Instagram

You need to install a file manager app on bluestacks in order to browse files inside bluestacks. Download and install OI File Manager. You can also search OI file manager from bluestacks search and install it.

Now you need to upload files from PC to Instagram. For that you need some sort of shared folder in PC to copy photos into that opened Instagram in bluestacks can access.

Browse this location in your PC.

C > ProgramData > BlueStacks > UserData > SharedFolder


Copy your photos there.

Now come back to bluestacks. Open OI file manager that you installed.

Go to SdCard > bstfolder > BstSharedFolder
mnt > SdCard > bstfolder > BstSharedFolder

There will be your photos that you copied in SharedFolder of bluestacks in Windows.


Open any photo, click ‘share snapshot’ icon below and choose Instagram. (see image below)


This is simplest way that you can use to upload photos from computer to instagram by using bluestacks.

The second method uses the same OI file manager with bluestacks but you need to make changes in your Windows registry.


Start > type “regedit” and hit enter or press Windows+R keys to open run prompt and type rgedit and hit enter
Registry editor will be opened
Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > BlueStacks > Guests > Android > FileSystem
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > BlueStacks > Guests > Android > SharedFolder

Create a new DWORD Value by right-clicking on the blank space and selecting New > DWORD Value.
Rename it as Writable.
Modify it by right clicking on it.
Set its Value as 1.

Create another String called “Path”.
Assign a value of the full path of the directory you want to include inside BlueStacks. (For example, if you want to access the Photos folder of D drive inside BlueStacks, set the path value as D:\Photos.

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

BlueStacks can now access this directory with the help of OI File Manager. Android apps running inside BlueStacks can also use OI File Manager to access PC directories.

The folders will be available inside sdcard > windows from the File Manager sdcard > bstfolder.

Now in Instagram, when you choose Photo Gallery, now you have two options: Gallery and OI File Manager.


Select the OI File Manager and you will have direct access to your image directories. If not, browse the following paths to select photo from computer to upload it to Instagram:

SdCard > bstfolder > BstSharedFolder
SdCard > bstfolder > Documents
SdCard > bstfolder > Pictures
SdCard > bstfolder > PublicDocuments

That’s it.