New! Schedule Instagram Carousel Posts with Later

We are thrilled to announce that you can now schedule carousel posts for Instagram with Later!

Whether you call them Instagram slideshow posts, galleries, or albums (there really is no right answer!), Instagram carousel posts are a trendy feature that let you share up to 10 photos and videos in a single Instagram post.

This is one of our top-requested features, and we’re happy to say that you can also schedule multiple photos to Facebook and Twitter too!

Carousel posts on Instagram are now being used in a variety of creative ways by businesses, and we’re excited to roll out this feature today to the many businesses using Later!

So whether you’re launching a new product line or  just can’t decide on which photo to post, scheduling carousel posts on Instagram just got easier.

Ready to get posting? Scheduling carousel posts is available on all paid plans, starting at $9/month.

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How to Schedule Instagram Carousel Posts:

Scheduling Instagram carousel posts in Later is a little bit different than scheduling regular Instagram posts.

Before you begin, it’s important to note that while you can publish your carousel posts to Instagram from your phone, you can only schedule posts with multiple photos on the web only. Coming soon to mobile!

Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Select Your Photos or Videos

From the side library in Later, hover over the photos and videos and select the check-mark to add them to your post. Drag the selected media items onto your calendar to schedule.schedule instagram carousel posts

Step 2: Create Your Instagram Carousel Post

Now you can crop your images or drag and drop the photos/videos to rearrange the order. Instagram requires all of the photos and videos to be the same crop (square, landscape or portrait), so you can’t upload one landscape photo and one portrait photo.

If you don’t edit your crop in Later,  Instagram will automatically crop all of the photos to the ratio of the first image.

Finally, write your caption, adjust the posting time if needed, and hit save!

Step 3: Publish Your Instagram Carousel Post

Just like with single image posts, Later cannot automatically publish your post, and you will receive a mobile notification at the scheduled time.

However, posting an Instagram carousel post works a little differently than posting a single image, so pay attention to these steps!

Open your push notification and then open the post in Instagram.

Instagram does not allow multiple photos to be opened automatically, so when you hit “Open Post in Instagram,” you’ll need to switch from your “Photo” tab to “Library/Gallery” tab.

To choose your photos, long hold on the first image OR tap the multiple photo icon and select all the images and videos in the desired order up until the stop marker.

The photos will be in your Library/Gallery tab in the order that you scheduled them in.

Lastly, hit “Next,” paste in the caption that Later automatically copied for you, and publish your post!

You’ve now successfully scheduled and published an Instagram carousel post on Later. Need more help scheduling carousel posts to Instagram? Check out our help guide here.

Ready to get moving with your Instagram marketing strategy? Later makes it easy for you to plan, manage, and schedule your Instagram posts!

 

Written By

Taylor Loren

Taylor Loren is the Content Marketing Manager at Later and one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices for 2016. You can follow her writing on LinkedIn or connect with her on  Instagram or Twitter at @taylrn.