This is something that I recently learned and I am happy to share it with my readers! I am ashamed to admit that I have had an Instagram account for about three years and only began to start using it last week! I think that I was frustrated that the platform is set up for instant photos in real time and I had literally THOUSANDS of photos that I wanted to share with my followers. So, you can imagine my frustration.
Eureka! You can now use all of your treasured photos on Instagram!
Fortunately, I found out that you can utilize a popular social media management system called Hootsuite to facilitate this. If you don’t already have a Hootsuite account, sign up for one here. You will only need the free desktop version. Next, you will need to download two apps (if you don’t already have them): Hootsuite and Instagram and both are free.
Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts to your social media accounts. Once you have logged in, go to your dashboard, which will look like this:
Well, actually it will be blank until you add your social media streams to it. On the top left, you will see your photo. Mouse over your photo and a bar will pop out. Click on Streams. You can now authorize Hootsuite to access and sign in to your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus and other social media accounts.
Once your accounts have been authorized, you will see your timelines, etc. Hootsuite only allows three streams for free accounts, so make sure that you add Instagram as one.
Next, mouse over the box that says “Compose Message” , and this box will pop up:
You will need to select the Instagram profile on the left by clicking on it. Type a brief description of the photo that you want to post. Don’t forget those all-important hashtags! If you want to add a link (say to a relevant blog post) add it to the Add a link box. Lastly, click on the paperclip to add your photo that is most likely housed on your computer or phone. You can schedule the post using the calendar that is right next to the paperclip, but I always hit “Send Now”. You are now finished with the desktop version of Hootsuite.
Now, you need to open your Hootsuite phone app. On the top left, you will see three lines, touch it and a menu will fly out:
Click on Notifications. Now, you will see why I always choose “Send Now”. The Hootsuite app will save all of your posts in a queue and it’s up to you to decide when to actually post them to Instagram. Please note that I have already posted all of the photos in my queue, but for these purposes, I will show you how the process would work. I will choose the Georgia Aquarium photo by clicking on it.
Since this photo was already posted to Instagram, it won’t show you what will happen if I was just posting it for the first time. So, I will explain it. Where you see “Shared by You”, you will see “Open in Instagram” when you are posting for the first time.
At that point, you must click on Open in Instagram. Please make absolutely sure that you are logged into the proper Instagram account when you do this because whichever account is active, that is where the photo will be posted!! Once it opens in Instagram, you will be allowed to crop and modify your photo.
If you posted a text description for your photo, Instagram will save a copy of it, so that you can paste it on the next and final screen before it is actually posted to your Instagram account. Be sure to do a hard finger press in the comment box, when you see the word, PASTE, tap it so that your text will show up. The last step, click post.
Now, you will be able to start posting treasured photos into your Instagram account with just a few simple steps. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments section.