📹 How To Post To Instagram


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Video Walkthrough


How To Create Your Instagram Post In SmarterQueue

1. Click 'Create a Post' to open the Post Editor

2. Next, choose a Category 

Note: Be sure to select a Category you've enabled for your Instagram Profile!

3. Then select the Instagram Profile you'd like to create a post for.

Note: In this example, we selected an Instagram Personal profile, which is why we're unable to see the profile picture. Read more about the benefits of switching to and using an Instagram Business profile

You will notice a new option come up in the 'Post Editor' when an Instagram profile is selected - the 'Instagram Post Type'. 

This allows you to decide if the Post is meant to be published to your Instagram Feed, or as a Story. 

Selecting the 'Story' option will update the Preview on the right-hand side to show your future Post in the Story format. 

Check more information here on How To Schedule & Post Instagram Stories.

4. Write your caption and add your media.

Note: Since we are creating a post for a Personal Instagram profile, we'll see a message letting us know that publishing will be finalized via a notification on the SmarterQueue Mobile App. 

Note: The caption has a 2200 character limit, with up to 30 hashtags and 20 mentions. 

Note: You can schedule several different types of posts to Instagram including single-image posts, multi-image carousel posts, and videos! Check out these articles for more information on scheduling carousel and video posts for Personal Instagram Profiles

5. Then select your 'Post Timing' and 'Evergreen Post Recycling' settings and save your post to your Queue.

💡 Need some inspiration, don't miss our blog post on Breaking the Barriers to Using Instagram for Business in 2019 🎉

How To Publish Your Instagram Post Via The SmarterQueue Mobile App

Easily publish your post to your Instagram Personal or Media Creator profile in just a few steps with the help of the SmarterQueue Mobile App. 💪

Download the SmarterQueue Mobile App (available for iOS and Android) and make sure notifications are enabled. Based on your mobile device, check the following steps below:

Publishing Via iOS

1. When it's time to post, you’ll receive a push notification on your mobile device. 

2. Please make sure you’re logged into the correct Instagram profile on the Instagram App, then open the notification on your phone 💪

Alternatively, if you ever miss a notification, you can open the SmarterQueue app and select the post from the top of the notification list.

3. You'll see a preview of your post with the image and caption, tap 'Post To Instagram' to continue.

4. You'll be redirected to the Instagram App and see your image automatically open. Select to send your image to the 'Feed'. 

Note: Don't worry, your caption was copied to your clipboard and will be available to add back in later on.  

💡 For more information on how to post to stories, don't miss our helpful article on Scheduling Instagram Stories with SmarterQueue!
💡 For more information on posting video & carousel posts  check out this article!

5. Tap 'Next' in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to move forward with cropping your image accordingly, as well as applying any edits or filters. 

6. Your caption is already copied to your clipboard so simply long tap into the caption field of Instagram, select paste and your caption will appear! 

7. Once you're happy with your post, tap ‘Share’ in the upper right-hand corner and it will publish on Instagram.

Congratulations, your finished post is now live on Instagram! ✨

💡 You can mark posts that have already gone out "Done" and remove them from your list! Simply swipe left on the post preview to clear it from your view 😊

Publishing Via Android

1. When it's time to post, you’ll receive a push notification on your mobile device. 

2. Please make sure you’re logged into the correct Instagram profile on the Instagram App, then open the notification on your phone 💪

Alternatively, if you ever miss a notification, you can open the SmarterQueue app and select the post from the top of the notification list.

3.  You'll see a preview of your post with the image and caption, tap 'Post To Instagram' to continue.

You'll be redirected to the Instagram App and see your image automatically open. Don't worry, your caption was copied to your clipboard and will be available to add back in later on.  

💡 For more information on how to post to stories, don't miss our helpful article on Scheduling Instagram Stories with SmarterQueue!
💡 For more information on posting video & carousel posts  check out this article!

4. Tap 'Next' in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to move forward with cropping your image accordingly, as well as applying any edits or filters. 

5. Your caption is already copied to your clipboard so simply long tap into the caption field of Instagram, select paste (or the text displayed within the keyboard) and your caption will appear! 

6. If you’d like, add a location or any other information to your post, then tap 'Next' in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to finish publishing.

Congratulations, your Instagram post is now successfully published! ✨


How To Switch Between Instagram Profiles On The SmarterQueue Mobile App

You can post to multiple Instagram profiles using the SmarterQueue Mobile App. Please follow the steps below to switch between Profiles: 

Open the SmarterQueue Mobile App on your smartphone:

  • If you're using an iOS device, tap your Instagram handle at the top of your screen to view all other available Instagram accounts and select the Profile you'd like to switch to using the drop-down menu.

  • If you're using an Android device, tap the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner of the screen, then the Instagram handle to view all other available Instagram accounts, and then select the Profile you'd like to switch to using the pop-up menu on the bottom.

You'll immediately switch to the selected Instagram Profile and will see the past posts and notifications on your screen! 

💡 When a post notification is delivered, the SmarterQueue Mobile App does not automatically connect to the correct Instagram profile. You also need to switch profiles on the Instagram app. To do this, open the Instagram app and go to your profile. Tap your username at the top of the screen, then tap the profile you’d like to switch to.


How To Set Up Email Notifications For Instagram 

If you'd like to receive email notifications, in addition to push notifications when it's time to post to Instagram, you can configure this within your SmarterQueue account Settings. 

When these emails are turned on, you’ll get an email at the time your post is scheduled in your Posting Plan. The email will include your photo and Post Text for you to copy to Instagram.

  • Navigate to your Account Settings using the cog menu then select 'Email Preferences'

  • Scroll down and under 'Send me an email notification when: An Instagram Post Is Ready To Be Posted', choose 'Yes' 


Common Questions


I can't post to Instagram, I'm getting an error that "Something went wrong, please try again later".

If you're receiving this error when trying to post to Instagram from an iOS device, then please follow these steps: 
On your iPhone, go into Settings > Privacy > Photos > Instagram - and make sure this is set to "All Photos"
Do the same for the SmarterQueue Mobile App via Settings > Privacy > Photos > SmarterQueue
If these privacy options aren't available, you may need to re-install the apps, and when you try sharing a post with SmarterQueue, be sure to grant access to All Photos. The same goes for Instagram - the first time you try to create a post, be sure to grant access to All Photos.


Can I post multi-image posts and videos to Instagram?

Yes! Please check out this guide on how to post video & carousel posts.  

When posting to Instagram, I received an error message: "Something went wrong. Please try again later." 
If you receive this error message, please delete and re-install the Instagram App from your mobile device. For more information please see this article on Error Posting To Instagram


I post my hashtags in the first comment of my Instagram posts but my SmarterQueue analytics show that I don't use hashtags! 

SmarterQueue will only show analytics for hashtags you include in the Post Text of your content. All hashtags included in the first comment of your post will not be considered. To get the most out of SmarterQueue's analytics features please add your hashtags to your Post Text! To hide your hashtags from the rest of your caption, we recommend adding 5 line breaks with dots in order to make them less visible.