Instamate Lets You Publish to Instagram From Your Desktop Computer


Last week, we learned about a new tool promising to facilitate publishing to Instagram from the web. We were skeptical, but excited about the potential. After all, this has been the Holy Grail many of us have been waiting for. The promise of managing multiple Instagram accounts with one desktop application—i.e. uploading, scheduling, and posting directly to Instagram from your computer—had us all in a frenzy.

The tool is called Instamate, and I have to say, it's fantastic.

The first thing you have to know about Instamate is that the sales page is a little ‘salesy.' In fact, it's a major reason I was skeptical. Also, much of the marketing is focused on helping you make money from Instagram, but that wasn't my focus, I just wanted to be able to use my computer, have immediate and simpler access to the desktop photo editing tools, and be able to manage a social account that's proven to be very important (both for IFB and our personal accounts as well).


We chose the “Luxury Edition” which gives access to scheduling functionality and several other tools. You can quickly search and view trending content, search for popular content by keyword or hashtag, and even use a pre-populated list of hashtags for popular niches (including fashion).

The tool also has tons of videos showing you how to get the most out of Instagram, how to use the tool, and how to gain the most followers using the tool in the fastest way. In the end, their strategy is really about easily and quickly creating, finding and resharing great content, and tagging it correctly to increase your likelihood of being discovered by the most people. And from what their social proof is showing, it works.

More than just posting

Beyond providing a quick and easy way to post pictures directly to Instagram from your computer, Instamate does a lot more. It's actually a full suite that allows you to manage your account, research trends, find free stock photography, edit images, overlay them with text, and schedule them for posting automatically whenever you like. It's a pretty incredible platform.

The built-in stock photography search tool lets you edit the photo, upload it to Instagram as-is, download it, or bookmark it for later. You can also comment on photos and see other people's comments and how many times the photo has been favorited.

It's is a really nice feature because sometimes you don't need a personal image to tell part of your story, and with their editing and text overlay features, it's very easy to make image quotes and post them in just minutes.

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The tool is also great for identifying trends. You can look up trending topics on Twitter and Instagram to see what people are liking, which can help generate ideas for your own images. Plus, it pulls in currently popular hashtags from a number of niches (fashion included) and gives you some pre-vetted hashtags you may find useful based on the sub-category (above are just a few of the fashion-related hashtag collections).

There's even a Chrome browser extension that will help you save and upload images from the web without leaving the page (just make sure you have permission to use the photo, or that it isn't copyright restricted).

A full suite of tools, perfect for your Instagram account

There's a lot more that's included with Instamate that we didn't get into, including photo editing, a link-cloaking tool for hiding affiliate links, and in-app training. We tend to use our own tools for those functionalities, but you may find them useful.

All-in-all, we've been impressed with Instamate and enjoy using it a lot. It's made curation, posting, and scheduling a breeze. If you'd like to do more with your Instagram account, it's hard to beat. The package we got was a one-time payment of $47 and is backed by a solid refund policy. They want you to be successful, and they stand by their product.

Check out Instamate here.

Note: Our reviews and opinions are our own. Links to review products may contain affiliate links, yet we stand by all products we recommend.

[Photo by Volkan Olmez via Unsplash]

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Jason Glaspey is a long-time entrepreneur, community manager, and geek. He’s helped educate and connect thousands of people across a variety of niches. He loves all sorts of gadgets, software, and the way you can use both to create online businesses that were impossible a handful of years ago. He's also IFB's resident marketing expert and helps discover software and systems that work for bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. Jen O

    Me too Jason, I want & need the features you mention, but never would have realized what this program does if you hadn’t listed it all here. Work Instagram from my laptop? Yes! So, thanks for untangling their sales pitch and showing some awesome features. It’s just what I need right now.

  2. Chicatanyage

    You recommended Instamate so I signed up. So far I have found it impossible to use. I run my own website so am reasonably tech savvy. I find it extremely complicated and they keep asking me to upgrade and pay more. I asked for a refund however apparently it is beyond the 14 days and the affiliate commission has been paid. I am very dissatisfied with this product.

    • Jason Glaspey

      I’m really sorry you’re having issues. The first thing I mentioned in the review is that the sales page is very salesy, and had us skeptical. They definitely use some upsell techniques which can be annoying… Sorry about that. I’m not sure what version you bought, but ours came with several explanation videos showing how to use the tool. Did you see those? We were able to get the program to work without any issues. Can you be more specific with why you’re finding it impossible to use? Have you contacted their support about learning to use the program?

      • Aurela

        I purchased the same package “Luxury Edition” but now i don’t now where to log in. I haven’t received any e-mail yet?

        Are you suppose to get the log in information via email?
        Let me know please

  3. Akash

    Thanks for sharing this website.
    I was looking for desktop client for instagram and now I have found one!

  4. Madi Wood

    Has this been tried by anyone else? I’m keen to use it, but honestly can’t wade through the invasive videos and banners!

  5. Kenneth

    Jason (or others) – Do you know if Instamate has an auto-scheduling feature? I’m looking for the ability to set a posting schedule & then upload photos to automatically post based on my pre-defined schedule.

    • Payton Grantham

      Hi Kenneth,

      Instamate allows you to schedule your post date and time months in advance, so you can plan your posting schedule and not have to worry about content for a while. Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but I hope this answer clarifies the tool’s offering.