Articles in this section
- How can I plan my Instagram feed using the Preview?
- How to schedule an automatic post for Instagram
- How can I schedule a Carousel for Instagram?
- How do I schedule a Story for Instagram?
- How can I automatically schedule a video to Instagram?
- How can I add a link when scheduling an Instagram Story?
- How can I schedule a first comment for my Instagram post?
- How can I schedule a photo/video on Instagram? (NON-automatic posting method)
- Can I schedule an animated GIF to Instagram and Facebook?
- Which plans can schedule Instagram Stories or Carousels (multi-post)?
- Can I include line breaks in my caption?
- Can I tag a user or a location in my scheduled post for Instagram?
- How can I stop automatic posting to Instagram?
- Which media can I post directly to Instagram with automatic posting?
- How can I use a placeholder to schedule my post without any media?
- How can I select a thumbnail for my video post?
- First Comment and Reply to Comment issues for Instagram
- How to create and use Saved Captions and Hashtag Lists
How to schedule an automatic post for Instagram
Iconosquare offers automatic posting to Instagram for your single-image posts and videos* once you've enabled these permissions.
Please note, in order to unlock this feature, you must be both:
- An Admin or Editor of the Facebook page linked to your Instagram business profile
- An Admin or Manager of your Iconosquare account. If you're a team member, please ask an Admin on Manager to unlock the feature.
To enable automatic posting, follow these 3 simple steps:
1.) Navigate to the Scheduler section of Iconosquare here.
2.) Click the link "Unlock auto-publishing".
3.) Authorize Iconosquare's access to the Facebook permission 'Create post in your Instagram account'
To schedule an automatic post, follow these steps:
- Click on 'New Post' and select 'Photo or video'.
- Upload or select a single image or video from your Media Library.
- Crop the image if needed (be sure to select one of the cropping options that meets auto-posting requirements).
- Make sure the Autopost blue toggle is set to 'Activated' (see screenshot below).
- Add a geolocation and tag other accounts. Make sure you use their exact Instagram handle - if you type a handle name that does not exist, the post will fail to auto-post. Please also be sure to tag public accounts only - if you tag a private account, you will see an error message advising you that the post will not be posted automatically.
- Add a first comment to be scheduled and posted automatically with the media.
- If you have the post validation security measure switched on, you'll need to validate your automatic post through the app to ensure it posts automatically. You can find more information about that here.
- Click 'Schedule' and wait for the confirmation that your post has been scheduled:
You can always check which of your posts in the calendar will post automatically by seeing which of them have the little lightning bolt icon next to the thumbnail. If your post appears like this, it's good to go!
*Images must follow these specifications:
Maximum file size: 8MB
File type: JPEG
Must be within a 4:5 to 1.91:1 aspect ratio range
Minimum resolution: 150x150 (lower resolutions will be scaled up to the minimum)
Maximum resolution: 1920x1080 (higher resolutions will be scaled down to the maximum)
Color space: Instagram supports the sRGB color space. Images that use other color spaces will have their color space converted to sRGB.
*Videos only eligible for auto-posting on the PRO, ADVANCED and AGENCY plans, and must follow these specifications:
Container: MOV or MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14), no edit lists, moov atom at the front of the file.
Audio codec: AAC, 48khz sample rate maximum, 1 or 2 channels (mono or stereo).
Video codec: HEVC or H264, progressive scan, closed GOP, 4:2:0 chroma subsampling.
Frame rate: 23-60 FPS.
Maximum columns (horizontal pixels): 1920
Minimum aspect ratio [cols / rows]: 4 / 5
Maximum aspect ratio [cols / rows]: 16 / 9
Bitrate: VBR, 5Mbps maximum
Duration: 60 seconds maximum, 3 seconds minimum
File size: 100MB maximum
What if I want to schedule a post that doesn't follow the above specs?
That's easy! You can still schedule media through our scheduler as you did before. We'll send you a notification when it's time to post. For push notification posts, our scheduler accepts photos up to 15MB and videos up to 150MB! Click here to watch our tutorial about notification posting!
This handy flowchart will also help to explain whether your posts will post automatically or not:
Which plans include automatic posting?
All Iconosquare plans can benefit from automatic posting for single image media.
For video auto-posting, this is available for PRO, ADVANCED and AGENCY plans and trials only. Find out more here!
Can I schedule an automatic post through the Android/iOS apps?
You can schedule automatic posts through the Android and iOS apps. Please make sure you downloaded the latest version of our app.
How can I disable the automatic posting for a given post?
Even if you enabled the automatic posting, you can still disable it for a given post by switching the blue Autoposting toggle to 'Deactivated'.
Which Facebook Page roles can authorize automatic posting?
You must be an Admin or Editor of the Facebook page.
I have a Creator Account on Instagram - can I still schedule auto-posts?
No, auto-posting is unfortunately not available for Instagram Creator Accounts. Read more about this here.
NB: When scheduling automatic posts one after the other please make sure that there is at least a 5 minute interval between posts. Otherwise the images may post out of the order that you had envisaged.
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