Instagram is a photo-sharing platform that gives users the ability to post photos in real-time via their mobile device. As its popularity has grown, business owners have taken an interest in using Instagram to promote their company, engage with potential customers, develop a fan base and ultimately, increase revenue

What follows is a list of six tools that work with Instagram, which you can use to perform a variety of tasks, either on a mobile device or desktop computer.

The tools enable you to upload images from your computer, schedule them for publishing, and, in some cases, update Facebook or Twitter. Two of the tools even help you choose the right hashtags to use in your Instagram description.

1. Gramblr


Instagram only permits you to post photos from your mobile device. Gramblr is a free program that enables you to upload and share photos to Instagram directly from your desktop or laptop computer and post updates to Facebook and Twitter as well. The tool also has a clean and easy to use interface that many users will appreciate.

The main difference between Gramblr and most of the other tools on the list is that it is a downloadable program, not web-based. That means that you will need to install it on your computer before being able to update Instagram.

On the downside, Gramblr only allows you to upload one photo at a time and, unlike the native Instagram app, does not provide photo filters. Neither does it notify you when a photo uploads successfully.

Cost: Free

2. Later

Later Instagram scheduling tool

Later lets you schedule photos from your computer or mobile device for posting to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The application functions as an editorial calendar in that it does not post to Instagram for you. Instead, it lets you schedule Instagram updates via the website and sends a notification to your mobile device when it’s time for you to post. When clicked, the notification takes you directly to the Instagram app so that you can upload your image.

The program utilizes a web-based interface where you can schedule Instagram posts to go out at specific intervals. It also supports multiple Instagram accounts and allows additional members of your team to access the program if needed.

Later requires you to download its mobile app, which is available on both iOS and Android versions.

Cost: Free for up to 30 uploads per month. For $19 per month, you can upload as many as 250 images.

3. Crowdfire


Crowdfire enables you to schedule your Instagram and Twitter posts. You can choose to post manually, or it will choose the best times to post based on when your followers are most active. Once you have created your post and written a description, Crowdfire will analyze the information and suggest the best hashtags to use.

The app limits you to 10 posts a day. Photo filters are not available. It has apps for iOS and Android devices.

Cost: A free plan is available, although limited; premium plans start at $9.99 per month.

4. InstaPic


InstaPic, made exclusively for Windows, mimics Instagram in that it lets you perform all of the same actions that you would as if you were using Instagram on a mobile device. Instead, it is all done on your Windows 10 computer.

InstaPic does not allow you to schedule posts and only works with Instagram. However, it is a helpful program to have available if you want to use Instagram on a visually larger scale.

Cost: Free (with ads); $2.99 to remove ads.

5. ScheduGram


ScheduGram allows you to upload pictures and videos and then schedule them for posting to multiple Instagram accounts. Once uploaded, you can crop images, add filters or text, and rotate images before posting. Like the other tools, you can post immediately or schedule pictures to go out later. You can also manage multiple accounts, which includes giving access to multiple users.

Cost: ScheduGram offers a free 7-day trial (credit card required), then $20 per month for up to 10,000 followers. Monthly pricing increases as your follower count increases.

6. Onlypult


Onlypult also lets you schedule and post Instagram updates. With this web-based application, you can upload images from your computer, apply filters, manage one or many Instagram accounts, and invite team members to use the program.

You schedule posts using the “Planner” feature, which lets you select the dates and times to post to Instagram. Once you chose an image, Onlypult suggests relevant hashtags for use in your descriptions.

Onlypult works solely with Instagram.

Cost: Pricing starts at $12 per month and offers a 7-day free trial.