How to Upload Photos to Instagram from Your Camera Roll

By Jennifer Herman, Eric Butow, Corey Walker

Do you have some photos you’ve already shot that you’d like to share with your Instagram followers? It’s easy to select one or more photos and then share them on your Instagram feed. Here’s how to upload photos from your camera:

  1. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the home screen.

    The Photo screen appears.

  2. Tap Library.

    The Camera Roll screen appears. (Android users see the Gallery screen.) The most recent photo you saved to your smartphone appears in the viewer. Thumbnail-sized photos appear below the viewer.

  3. Swipe in the thumbnail photos to view other photos. When you find one you like, tap it.

    The selected photo appears in the viewer. Instagram automatically crops your photo to the size of the viewer.

  4. (Optional) View the photo in its original size by tapping the resize icon.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. (Optional) Apply filters and edit your photo as described earlier.
  7. Tap Next.

    The New Post (or Followers) screen appears.

  8. (Optional) Write a caption, tag people, add a location, change advanced settings and recipients, and share your photo on other social networks.
  9. When you’re ready to share your photos, tap Share.

If you have an Apple Mac desktop or laptop and you use the Safari web browser, there’s a trick you can use to upload one or more photos from your Mac to your Instagram profile. (Windows users, you’re out of luck.)

You use the Boomerang app to create and post mini-videos on your feed. Your camera takes a burst of photos, and Boomerang stitches them together, creating a quick video clip that plays backward and forward — like a Boomerang flies … get it?

You can use the Layout app to combine multiple photos into one photo and post the combined photo on your feed without having to swipe back and forth between photos.