The Secret to Getting Any Image You Want on Instagram

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It only takes a little bit of poking around on Instagram to discover that not all accounts are created equal. Have you ever wondered how some people manage to fill their feeds with professional photos and images while others are full of grainy and blurry snapshots?

I’ll let you in on a little secret—it’s not exactly magic. It’s just that some people are taking fancy photos from their nice cameras or beautifully designed images from their computers and sharing them through this mobile app.

Getting high-res and high-quality images from your computer to your Instagram account involves a little finesse, but it’s totally doable.

Here’s how to make it happen.

Before we get started, you will need:

  • The Instagram app installed on your phone
  • The Instasize app installed on your phone
  • Login info for your company Instagram account
  • A computer with the original photo or image
  • Your mobile phone

All set? Nice! You’re ready for… PART 1: ON YOUR COMPUTER

Step 1: Drag the image to your desktop

Locate the image or photo that you want to share on Instagram and drag it to your desktop, like so. In this case, we wanted to repurpose the image from one of our blog posts and turn it into an Instagram pic.

1. Drag the image to desk top

Step 2: Attach image to an email to yourself

Draft an email to yourself (make sure that you send it to an account you can access on your phone) and include the photo as an attachment. Don’t forget to actually attach it!

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Now that those steps are complete, you’re ready to move on to… PART 2: ON YOUR PHONE

Step 3: Open the email on your phone

Pull up your email inbox and find the message you just sent yourself with the photo. (Bonus points if you have a silly profile pic like AfterCollege’s Editorial Assistant Kellen McKillop!)

3. Open email on your phone

Step 4: Open attachment

Open the file so you can view the photo.

4. Open attachmentStep 5: Save the photo to your phone

5. Save photo to phone

Step 6: Open Instagram and head to your profile

At this stage, you’re going to make sure that you’re signed in to the correct Instagram account. You probably don’t want to send company photos from your personal account and you definitely don’t want to send personal photos from a company account!

Step 7: Go to settings

If you are logged into your personal account, like Kellen is here, you’re going to want to log off. Steps 7 to 10 will show you how to do that. (If you’re already logged in to the company account, lucky you! You get to skip ahead to Step 11!)

Click the figure at the bottom right to head to your personal profile page.

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Click on the three dots to head to the settings section of your Instagram account.

7. Go to settings

Step 8: Scroll to the bottom and click log out

8. Scroll to bottom and click _log out_

Step 9: Log out

Are you sure you want to log out? Yes. Yes, you are.

9. Log out

Step 10: Sign on to your company account

This is the part where the company login info for Instagram will come in handy. If you don’t have it, you could just guess, but that would probably take a while and some of us don’t have all day.

10. Sign in as company

Step 11: Close out of Instagram and open Instasize

This step is important because it’s going to help you get your image the right size and shape for Instagram without making the proportions all funky. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Otherwise, your beautiful image will come out looking… not so beautiful.

11. Close out of instagram. Head to a formatting app like Instasize

Step 12: Choose the camera button on the Instasize app

12. Choose the camera button in the instasize app

Step 13: Choose photo album button

Your image should be located in your photo album (since you just saved it there).

13. Choose _Photo Album_ button

Step 14: Find and select your photo from download section

Do your best to ignore cute cat photos and all the other stuff on your phone. Remember: eyes on the prize!

Find your photo and select it. It will then open up in the Instasize app. You can play around until it fits the way you want it to as an Instagram image.

Step 15: Click the share button

15. Click the _share_ button

Step 16: Select Share on Instagram

16. Select to Share on Instagram

Step 17: Proceed to Instagram as you would for any other post

And that’s how it’s done! You’re now ready to adjust, add filters, write up a super-witty caption full of hashtags, and all the other stuff you regularly do on Instagram. Feeling a little lost? No problem. This post walks you through the basics of using the Instagram app.

17. Proceed as you would with any photo on instagram

The next step: We want to see your beautiful work! Share a link to one of your Instagram images in the comments section below. And of course, we’d love it if you’d follow @AfterCollege on Instagram. We’ll totally follow you back!

P.S. This post was written in response to a question we received during the “Social Media Survival Kit for University Recruiters” webinar. Do you have any other questions about social media and/or university recruiting? Let us know and we’ll address them in a future post.

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