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How to Schedule Instagram Stories with Later (Video Tutorial)

Big news: you can now visually plan and schedule Instagram Stories with Later!

Save time and get more views by planning, optimizing, and scheduling Instagram stories right from your desktop.

Later makes it easy to post your stories in seconds: your photos, videos, captions, and links are sent to your phone when it’s time to post. Available now on all paid plans!

How to Schedule Instagram Stories:

Instagram Stories is the fastest growing social medium for businesses, with over 400 million people watching Instagram Stories every day.

With Later, you can storyboard your content, add captions or links, collaborate with your team, and visually plan and schedule Instagram Stories right from your desktop – something you won’t find on any other marketing platform.

Automatic publishing for scheduled Instagram Stories is not available through the Instagram API, but Later has made it easy to post your stories in seconds.

Here’s how to schedule Instagram Stories:

1. Create better stories by visually planning them with our storyboard tool! Drag and drop stories on to the storyboard tool, and then re-arrange them to fit the order and look that you want.

You can also easily crop and resize images to fit Instagram Stories 9:16 ratio.

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2. You can add links or captions to your scheduled stories, which will be copied to your phone when it’s time to post. This helps you drive more traffic and sales by taking the time to write compelling captions and CTAs from your desktop. 

???? Tip: create trackable links for your Instagram Stories to monitor traffic and sales from Instagram! Later makes it easy to keep track of those long URLs, so you never have to scramble to find the right link again.

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3. To schedule Instagram Stories, simply select the time and date from the drop down menu beside the Save Story button.

Scheduling Instagram Stories saves you time and helps you post more consistently!

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4. Get a notification on your phone when it’s time to post!

Your stories will be downloaded to your phone and caption or links copied to your clipboard, making it easy to post Instagram Stories in seconds. 

After your stories have been posted, don’t forget to optimize for more views using Instagram Stories Analytics!

Unlike the Instagram app, which only gives you two weeks of data, you can track up to 3 months’ worth of stories and get detailed analytics around impressions, completion rate, and more using Later.

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Later’s Instagram Stories scheduler is available now on all paid plansUpgrade now to get access or start scheduling stories! 


Need help scheduling Instagram Stories with Later? Check out our help guide here.

Why You Should Schedule Instagram Stories

Did you know that 62% of consumers have become more interested in a brand or product after seeing it on stories?

Instagram Stories help drive traffic and sales, increase brand awareness and engagement, and strengthen your relationship with your followers.

But trying to post to Instagram Stories every day can be challenging – whether you’re struggling with what to post, finding the time to create content on your phone, or just forgetting to post altogether!

By using an Instagram Stories scheduler like Later, you can sit down at your computer and plan out an entire week of Instagram Stories in less than an hour.

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Scheduling Instagram Stories doesn’t just save you time, it also helps you create better stories by planning ahead and optimizing your stories for traffic or sales using analytics, CTAs, and trackable URLs (that you no longer need to keep track of!).

Watch our video for tips on how to schedule Instagram Stories to grow your business:


An Instagram Stories Success Story: Mr. Porter

Whether you are wanting a free and easy way engage with your followers, or you’re looking to stories to drive more traffic and sell your products, scheduling Instagram Stories helps you achieve your business goals.

Mr. Porter, a men’s luxury brand with over 1 million Instagram followers, has already seen success from using Later’s Instagram Stories scheduler.

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“Since we got access to Later’s Instagram Stories scheduler, we use it all the time,” remarked Sophie Hay, social media at Mr. Porter.

“We love planning out our Instagram Stories content in advance, so that we can create a more cohesive look and post more often. It gives us time to focus more on strategy, and less on logistics.”

Watch our step-by-step video tutorial to see just how easy it is to plan and schedule Instagram Stories with Later:


Ready to grow your business using Instagram Stories in 2021? Upgrade now to visually plan and schedule Instagram Stories with Later!


Written By

Matt Smith

Matt has founded a few startups and is also one of the founders at Later where he leads the marketing, growth and customer experience. In previous companies he’s led product, engineering & growth teams. You can follow @mattfromlater on Instagram or Twitter

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