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How to schedule Instagram posts in 2021

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There are several ways to schedule an Instagram post. Instagram post scheduling can help you stay relevant and active on social media.

You can schedule Instagram posts with Creator Studio if you have a professional account. If you only have a personal account, you can use a third-party app like Buffer.

Having a consistent presence on social media is key to being relevant and acquiring and maintaining followers. When using Instagram as a way to promote your business or brand, consistency is even more important.

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Planning your posts in advance can be a useful way to keep up with regular posting, even if you aren’t able to dedicate time to it every day. For those interested, there are several options, including Instagram’s Creator Studio and third-party apps like Buffer, to do this.

How to schedule Instagram posts on a professional account using Creator Studio

You must have a professional Instagram account to schedule a post through Creator Studio. Professional accounts can be a business account, designed for companies and brands, or a creator account, designed for anyone with over 10,000 followers.

Quick Tip: To access Creator Studio, you can convert your personal account to a business account or a creator account.

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  1. Link your Instagram account to Facebook’s Creator Studio if needed.
  2. In Creator Studio, select Create Post, located in the left sidebar. Then choose Feed Instagram or IGTV.
  3. Upload and create your post, including the desired caption, hashtags, and mentions.
  4. Click on the carrot at the bottom, located next to the blue Publish
  5. In the pop-up window, select
  6. Add the desired schedule details and then click Schedule.

Note: When you connect your Instagram account to Creator Studio, it will allow anyone who manages the Facebook pages associated with your Facebook account to access your Instagram.

How to schedule Instagram posts on a personal account using the third party app, Buffer
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If you keep your own account, you can schedule Instagram posts using a third-party app like Buffer.

To schedule Instagram posts via Buffer from a personal account, you must have downloaded the Buffer app on your iPhone, iPad or Android and have both reminders and push notifications enabled on the app.

  1. Create a free or paid account on the Buffer website.
  2. Connect your Instagram account to your Buffer account.
  3. On the Buffer website, select the Publishing tab, located in the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. If you have more than one connected account, click on the desired Instagram account, located on the left side of the Buffer dashboard.
  5. Click Queue, located in the top toolbar.
  6. Select What do you want to share?
  7. Upload and create your post.
  8. Next to Add to Queue, select the carrot at the bottom.
  9. On the pop-up menu, click Schedule Post.
  10. Add the desired planning details and press Schedule.
  11. When the publication date and time arrives, you will receive a push notification from the Buffer app on your phone reminding you to post. Select the notification.
  12. Tap Open in Instagram.
  13. Add your photos and caption, as well as any desired edits, like filters or other Instagram features, then tap Share.

Tips for scheduling Instagram posts

  • Try to get a professional account. Converting your personal account to a business profile can help you access more convenient scheduling options.
  • Look at metrics such as impressions. If you can, use your Instagram account information to figure out when your audience is on the app, so you can target posts for better engagement.
  • Use it to double check posts. If you have a personal account, consider setting up a scheduled post five minutes before posting, that way you can double-check everything before posting.

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