How to Schedule Instagram Carousel Posts

By Jillian Warren

Published January 26, 2022

3 minute read

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ICYMI: You can schedule Instagram carousel posts with Later!

Instagram carousel posts — also known as multi-photo posts — are a versatile way of sharing up to 10 photos and videos in a single Instagram post.

And with Later, you can prepare and schedule carousels posts for Instagram via your desktop or mobile, all from one super efficient workflow.

Why You Should Use Instagram Carousel Posts

Instagram carousel posts can be used in a variety of creative ways — and with the right strategy, you can boost engagement levels, increase brand affinity, and even drive product sales.

And thanks to their scrollable format, they’re perfect for sharing educational stories with your audience. This can be great for raising awareness about a social cause, or explaining the value of a product or service.

As a result, carousel posts are a popular format on Instagram.

Ready to get started? Instagram Carousel scheduling is available on Later’s paid plans.

How to Schedule Instagram Carousel Posts

With Later’s scheduling tools, you can plan and prep carousel posts ahead of time via your desktop or mobile.

Here’s how to get started with the Later desktop app:

Step #1: Select Your Images or Videos

  1. Go to Later on the web

  2. Go to the Calendar and make sure the correct profile is selected

  3. In your Media Library, check off one or more images (or videos) for your carousel post

  4. Drag the media items to your Calendar or click "Multi-Photo Post" to schedule

Step #2: Edit Your Carousel Post

  1. Write a caption for your post

  2. Rearrange media items by dragging them around

  3. Hit "Edit" on individual media items to crop them and add filters

  4. Choose the scheduled date and time

  5. Click "Save"

Instagram requires all photos and videos to be the same crop (square, landscape, or portrait). If they’re not the same, Instagram will automatically crop all photos to the ratio of the first image.

To schedule an Instagram carousel post on mobile (iOS or Android), follow the step-by-step guide here.

Once you’ve scheduled your post, you will receive a mobile app notification when it’s time to publish. At the moment, carousel posts cannot be auto-published due to Instagram limitations.

But all you’ll need to do is open the Later app, follow the steps, and your pre-prepared content will be ready to go in seconds. It’s that easy!

Level-up your Instagram strategy by planning, previewing, and scheduling your carousel posts in advance with Later – sign up today.

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