📹 How To Post Carousel Posts To Instagram

Posting multiple images (or Carousel posts) to Instagram is easy, with Direct Publishing available for Business Profiles, or using the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App (for your iOS and/or Android device)! ✨

Follow our guide below for all of the tips and tricks 💪


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Video Walkthrough


How To Create Your Carousel Post In SmarterQueue

PLEASE NOTE: Before you get started creating carousel posts, you'll first need to either enable Direct Publishing or download the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App, for your iOS or your Android device.

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

4. Write your caption in the text box

5. Then add your images! You can add up to 10 images, either by selecting the camera icon under 'Media' and choosing the images from the computer or by dragging and dropping in the Post Editor area. You'll be able to select multiple images at once. 

Note: If any of the images you add are too wide or too tall for direct publishing, we will add padding to them to ensure you meet Instagram's guidelines. Find out what size images you should use.

Note: We recommend that all images included in your carousel post have the same size ratio. If you mix & match images with different sizes in your carousel post, then all of your images will be cropped to the size of your first photo.

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

6. Preview your carousel post in the right-hand pane. You can use the arrows to tab through and view each photo you've added to your post

7. Then save your Post to your Queue - it will auto-schedule for you based on the Posting Plan 💪 

8. If you have an Instagram business profile, and enabled Direct Publishing, your Carousel Post will be published automatically! Otherwise, you will need to finish the post using our mobile app, following the instructions below.


How To Auto-Publish Your Carousel Post

For your Carousel Posts, auto-publishing only works with  Instagram Business Profiles that are connected to a Facebook Page. 

Make sure to quickly and easily enable direct publishing for your Instagram Business Profile from the Profiles section in your SmarterQueue account 💪 

If your profile is a Personal or Media Creator one, we recommend that you switch to a Business Profile

This will not only allow you to publish single-image, image carousel (up to 10 images), reels, or video posts to the feed (up to 60 seconds) directly to Instagram but will also give you access to in-depth Analytics, and advanced content curation options, and will display your profile picture within SmarterQueue. 


How To Publish Your Carousel Post Via The iOS Mobile App

To finish up publishing your carousel post on Instagram, you'll need to use the SmarterQueue Mobile App. If you're an  iOS user, this is easily done by following these steps:

1. Download the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App for iOS, make sure you log into your SmarterQueue account and that notifications are enabled

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

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

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

4. You'll see a preview of your post with the carousel of images you can swipe through along with your caption. Tap 'Post To Instagram' to continue: 

You'll notice a message come up saying that 'Your caption has been copied to the clipboard'.

5. You'll be redirected to the Instagram App and see your first image automatically open. Rest assured you'll be able to select the rest of your images later! Select Feed to continue:

💡 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 posts check out this article!

6. To finish selecting the other images for your post, click the carousel icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your first image. 

  • You'll see a number appear in the top right of the thumbnail for your first image
  • You can then tap on all other images you'd like to add to your post (all the images that were initially added when creating the post will be available here)

In this example, we've added 4 images, so we'll see them here:  

Note: The recent Instagram update includes changes to the way carousel publishing works. If you can't see the the carousel icon in the bottom right-hand corner, you can activate the multi-select option by  pressing and holding down on an image in your camera roll. 

7. Tap 'Next' in the upper right-hand corner once you've selected your images

8. Apply any edits or filters to your images, then tap 'Next' in the upper right-hand corner once again

9. 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! 

If you’d like, add a location or any other information and tags to your post.

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

11. Congratulations, your finished carousel post is now live on Instagram! 


How To Publish Your Carousel Post Via The Android Mobile App

To finish publishing your carousel post on Instagram, you'll need to use the SmarterQueue Mobile App. If you're an Android user, this is easily done by following these steps:

1. Download the latest version of the SmarterQueue Mobile App for Android and make sure you log into your SmarterQueue account (notifications should be enabled by default).

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

3. 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.

4. You'll see a preview of your post with the carousel of images you can swipe through, along with your caption. Tap 'Post To Instagram' to continue:

You'll notice a message come up saying that 'Your caption has been copied to the clipboard'.

5. You'll be redirected to the Instagram App. Here you'll need to press on the 'plus' icon to create a new post.

💡 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 posts check out this article!

6. The first image in your carousel will be automatically selected. To finish selecting the other images for your post, click the carousel icon in the bottom-right of your first image: 

  • You'll see a number appear in the top right of the thumbnail for your first image
  • You can then tap on all other images you'd like to add to your post (all the images that were initially added when creating the post will be available here)

In this example, we've added 4 images, so we'll see them here: 

7. Once you've selected the images, press the arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen to move forward with your post. 

8. Apply any edits or filters to your images, then tap the arrow in the upper right-hand corner once again.

9. Your caption is already copied to your clipboard so simply long tap into the caption field of Instagram. Depending on your device, you will either see a text bubble within your keyboard or a 'paste' option. Either way, you'll be able to paste your caption in! 

If you’d like, add a location or any other information and tags to your post.

10. Once you're happy with your post, click on the 'checkmark' icon in the upper right-hand corner to finish posting to Instagram.

11. Congratulations, your finished carousel post is now live on Instagram!