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Instagram Personal Profiles & Creator Accounts

Follow the instructions below to connect an Instagram personal profile or creator account to CoSchedule and successfully publish content.

Note: Marketing Calendar Free plans are limited to 2 social profiles. To add more social media profiles, upgrade to Marketing Calendar Pro.

Connect an Instagram Personal Profile or Creator Account to Your Calendar

  1. Log in to the correct profile at
  2. In CoSchedule, open your Social Profiles page, then click Connect Social Profile.
  3. Select Instagram, then Personal or Creator Instagram, then click Let’s Connect.

  4. When the next page pops up, allow all the permissions for CoSchedule.
  5. On the next screen, you’re set to go. Click Ok, Got it!

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Direct Publish

Direct publishing to Instagram personal profiles is not available. If you’d like to convert your personal profile to a business account to take advantage of direct publishing, you can learn more here. Be sure to complete Step 6 to connect your business account to a Facebook Page associated with your business.
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Publish with Push Notifications

You can publish posts to your Instagram personal profile using push notifications. Follow the steps below to set up and publish with push notifications.

Step One: Download the CoSchedule App

  1. Download the CoSchedule mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Log in to the app using the email address and password tied to your CoSchedule account. You will be asked to allow notifications. Tap Allow.

Step Two: Enable Push Notifications

  1. Tap on the Instagram icon in the lower right-hand corner of the CoSchedule app.
  2. The Ready To Post window will appear. Next, click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of your phone screen.
  3. You’ll see the Notifications Settings window. Make sure the box next to the Instagram profile is checked to receive push notifications.

Step Three: Publish to Instagram via Push Notifications

After you schedule an Instagram post, you will receive a push notification on your mobile phone when the scheduled time is reached. Follow all of the steps below to successfully publish your post to Instagram.

  1. Tap the push notification on your mobile phone.
  2. You will see a Preview Message screen. Tap  Post Now to Instagram.
  3. Posting To Instagram instructions will display. Click Continue. This will redirect you to the Instagram app.
  4. From Instagram, click + to create a new post.
  5. Select your image(s) or video (the media you scheduled will show up first in your library). You can then edit your image if desired. Once you have finished editing your post, click Next.
  6. In the caption field, long-press on your screen until the Paste option shows up. Click Paste to add the text you scheduled, then click OK.
  7. When you are ready to publish your post to Instagram, click Share.
Note: CoSchedule will send the full image to Instagram. Resize the image if needed.

Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts

If you are managing multiple Instagram profiles, it is important to make sure you are posting to the correct profile.

When a push notification comes through, click on the notification. The CoSchedule mobile app will open with the message selected. After clicking Post Now To Instagram you’ll be shown a reminder.

After clicking continue, you’ll be redirected to Instagram. You can toggle between Instagram profiles by clicking on your profile photo in the bottom right-hand corner of your phone screen. Once you are switched over to the correct profile, you can follow the instructions above for Publishing to Instagram through push notifications.

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Troubleshooting Connection Issues

If you’re having trouble, retry the connection process in an incognito/private browser tab, or another browser.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I missed the push notification?

If you missed a push notification or scheduled a post before enabling push notifications you can still publish the post. In the CoSchedule mobile app, navigate to the Ready to Post page by clicking on the Instagram icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your phone screen. Click on the unpublished Instagram post, then follow steps 2 through 7 in the section above Publishing to Instagram Through Push Notifications.

How many Instagram accounts can I connect to my calendar?

You can connect as many Instagram accounts as your CoSchedule plan allows. If you hit your limit, go to your Billing page and edit your plan to add more Social Profiles to your plan.

Can I upload multiple images (Carousel) to a post?

Yes! You add up to 10 images per Instagram post.

What types of posts can I schedule?

You can schedule single-image, multi-image (Carousel), and video posts to Instagram through CoSchedule.

Is there a limit to the number of hashtags allowed?

Yes, captions can contain a maximum of 30 hashtags.

What is the recommended image size?

  • Maximum file size: 8MiB
  • Aspect ratio: Must be within a 4:5 to 1.91:1 range
  • Minimum width: 320
  • Maximum width: 1440
  • Height: Varies, depending on width and aspect ratio

How long can my videos be?

Instagram videos need to be at least 3 seconds and cannot be longer than 60 seconds.

Recommended Video Specifications

  • Minimum aspect ratio [cols / rows]: 4 / 5
  • Maximum aspect ratio [cols / rows]: 16 / 9
  • Duration: 60 seconds maximum, 3 seconds minimum
  • File size: 100MB maximum

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