For a long time, Instagram was very strict towards allowing third-party apps to post directly to Instagram. That was a big problem for people who were used to using scheduling apps to publish their posts on various platforms. However, there has been a breakthrough in that area. In this post, I will be teaching you how to do Instagram automation for Free.
There are quite a few apps that have gotten the access to post directly to Instagram. These posts could be published immediately or scheduled to be published at a later time.
Specifically, I will be teaching you how to use Buffer and Hootsuite to schedule your Instagram posts for free.
How to Use Buffer
With the Buffer app, you can schedule and plan your Instagram posts in advance. Buffer even offers an easy way to measure the performance of your content as well (on the paid plan).
The interesting part of the Buffer app is the reason why we’re talking about them today – a free plan. Buffer has a free plan that allows you to manage up to 3 profiles.
That could be your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for starters. If you think you need to add more profiles, you will have to upgrade to a paid plan.
However, let’s get on with how you can start doing Instagram automation for Free…
STEP 1 – Connect your Instagram Business Profile
Under the options button from your profile, you will find the “Switch to Business Profile” option there. Tap on it and follow the instructions to complete the process.
N.B: You must have a Facebook “page” before you can switch to a Business Profile on Instagram. Instagram will direct you on how to connect your Facebook page to your Instagram account.
STEP 2 – Connect your Instagram Account to your Buffer account
From your Buffer account, you will see the “Instagram connect it now” tab as shown below. You can connect from there. As well, you could use the “Connect More Profiles and Pages” tab below the Instagram tab.
Then, you can proceed to connect your Instagram account with your Buffer account. Follow the instructions given by buffer to complete the process of connecting your business account to enable Instagram direct scheduling.
STEP 3 – Schedule your Instagram Posts to Buffer
After the connection is done, you can now begin to schedule your posts. Easy as pie 🙂
…and let’s not forget the interesting part of this…IT’S FREE!